Keanu Paphiti

I am a PhD student in the Genetics of Type 2 Diabetes group led by Professor Roger Cox. My DPhil project aims to develop and fully characterise an adipose tissue organoid for obesity and diabetes research. Dysfunction of fat tissue, due to genetic and/or environmental factors, can result in abnormal fat storage and increased risk of metabolic disease. My project aims to provide a 3D adipose system in which genes associated with fat distribution can be mechanistically studied and treatments, such as anti-diabetic drugs, tested.

I graduated with an integrated Masters (MBio) in Biochemistry from the University of Warwick, undertaking an industrial placement at GSK in the Protein, Cellular and Structural Sciences Department