Dr Tamara Varcoe

Tamara Varcoe
NHMRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Adelaide Medical School
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Dr Tamara Varcoe is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Robinson Research Institute at the University of Adelaide in the Circadian Physiology Research Group. She completed her PhD 2008 at The University of Adelaide, under the supervision of Professor David Kennaway, where she investigated the role of serotonin receptors in the mammalian circadian timing system. Her research now focuses on how the circadian system regulates diverse physiological processes including reproduction and metabolism. She is a chief investigator on a NHMRC grant which utilises an ovine model to dissect the relationship between circadian rhythm disruption during pregnancy on fetal development and the long term metabolic health of the offspring.

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Dr Tamara Varcoe

Dr Tamara Varcoe is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Robinson Research Institute at the University of Adelaide in the Circadian Physiology Research Group. She completed her PhD 2008 at The University of Adelaide, under the supervision of Professor David Kennaway, where she investigated the role of serotonin receptors in the mammalian circadian timing system. Her research now focuses on how the circadian system regulates diverse physiological processes including reproduction and metabolism. She is a chief investigator on a NHMRC grant which utilises an ovine model to dissect the relationship between circadian rhythm disruption during pregnancy on fetal development and the long term metabolic health of the offspring.

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2016 NHMRC Postdoctoral research fellow University of Adelaide
2014 - 2014 Robinson Research Institute Career Development Fellow University of Adelaide
2007 - 2013 NHMRC Postdoctoral research fellow University of Adelaide

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
2008 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD
2002 The University of Adelaide Australia BHSci (Hons)
1996 Flinders University of South Australia Australia BA

Journals

Date Citation
2016 Moran,LJ, Spencer,L, Russell,DL, Hull,ML, Robertson,SA, Varcoe,TJ, Davies,MJ, Brown,HM, Rodgers,RJ, 2016, Research priorities for fertility and conception research as identified by multidisciplinary health care practitioners and researchers, Nutrients, 8, 1, 35-1-35-8 10.3390/nu8010035
2016 Varcoe,TJ, Voultsios,A, Gatford,KL, Kennaway,DJ, 2016, The impact of prenatal circadian rhythm disruption on pregnancy outcomes and long-term metabolic health of mice progeny, Chronobiology International, 33, 9, 1171-1181 10.1080/07420528.2016.1207661
2016 Fernandez,RC, Marino,JL, Varcoe,TJ, Davis,S, Moran,LJ, Rumbold,AR, Brown,HM, Whitrow,MJ, Davies,MJ, Moore,VM et al, 2016, Fixed or rotating night shift work undertaken by women: implications for fertility and miscarriage, Seminars in Reproductive Medicine, 34, 2, 74-82 10.1055/s-0036-1571354
2015 Kennaway,DJ, Varcoe,TJ, Voultsios,A, Salkeld,MD, Rattanatray,L, Boden,MJ, 2015, Acute inhibition of casein kinase 1δ/ε rapidly delays peripheral clock gene rhythms, Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, 398, 1-2, 195-206 10.1007/s11010-014-2219-8
2014 Abu Shamsi,N, Salkeld,M, Rattanatray,L, Voultsios,A, Varcoe,T, Boden,M, Kennaway,D, 2014, Metabolic consequences of timed feeding in mice, Physiology & Behavior, 128, 188-201 10.1016/j.physbeh.2014.02.021
2014 Varcoe,TJ, Gatford,KL, Voultsios,A, Salkeld,MD, Boden,MJ, Rattanatray,L, Kennaway,DJ, 2014, Rapidly alternating photoperiods disrupt central and peripheral rhythmicity and decrease plasma glucose, but do not affect glucose tolerance or insulin secretion in sheep, Experimental Physiology, 99, 9, 1214-1228 10.1113/expphysiol.2014.080630
2013 Kennaway,D, Varcoe,T, Voultsios,A, Boden,M, 2013, Global loss of Bmal1 expression alters adipose tissue hormones, gene expression and glucose metabolism, PLoS One, 8, 6, 1-11 10.1371/journal.pone.0065255
2013 Varcoe,T, Boden,M, Voultsios,A, Salkeld,M, Rattanatray,L, Kennaway,D, 2013, Characterisation of the maternal response to chronic phase shifts during gestation in the rat: implications for fetal metabolic programming, PLoS One, 8, 1, 1-13 10.1371/journal.pone.0053800
2013 Boden,M, Varcoe,T, Kennaway,D, 2013, Circadian regulation of reproduction: From gamete to offspring, Progress in Biophysics & Molecular Biology, 113, 3, 387-397 10.1016/j.pbiomolbio.2013.01.003
2012 Kennaway,D, Varcoe,T, 2012, The role of circadian clock in endocrinology - Foreword, Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology, 349, 1, 1-2 10.1016/j.mce.2011.09.034
2012 Kennaway,D, Boden,M, Varcoe,T, 2012, Circadian rhythms and fertility, Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology, 349, 1, 56-61 10.1016/j.mce.2011.08.013
2011 Varcoe,T, Wight,N, Voultsios,A, Salkeld,M, Kennaway,D, 2011, Chronic phase shifts of the photoperiod throughout pregnancy programs glucose intolerance and insulin resistance in the rat, PLoS One, 6, 4, 1-10 10.1371/journal.pone.0018504
2010 Boden,M, Varcoe,T, Voultsios,A, Kennaway,D, 2010, Reproductive biology of female Bmal1 null mice, Reproduction, 139, 6, 1077-1090 10.1530/REP-09-0523
2008 Varcoe,T, Kennaway,D, 2008, Activation of 5-HT2C receptors acutely induces Per1 gene expression in the rat SCN in vitro, Brain Research, 1209, C, 19-28 10.1016/j.brainres.2008.02.091
2007 Kennaway,D, Owens,J, Voultsios,A, Boden,M, Varcoe,T, 2007, Metabolic homeostasis in mice with disrupted Clock gene expression in peripheral tissues, American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology, 293, 4, R1528-R1537 10.1152/ajpregu.00018.2007
2006 Kennaway,D, Owens,J, Voultsios,A, Varcoe,T, 2006, Functional central rhythmicity and light entrainment, but not liver and muscle rhythmicity, are Clock independent, American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology, 291, 4, R1172-R1180 10.1152/ajpregu.00223.2006
2005 Jensen,M, Farrand,K, Redman,L, Varcoe,T, Coleman,L, 2005, Helping graduate teaching assistants lead discussions with undergraduate students: A few simple teaching strategies, Journal of College Science Teaching, 34, 7, 20-24
2003 Varcoe,T, Kennaway,D, Voultsios,A, 2003, Activation of 5-HT₂C receptors acutely induces Per gene expression in the rat suprachiasmatic nucleus at night, Molecular Brain Research, 119, 2, 192-200 10.1016/j.molbrainres.2003.09.010
2003 Kennaway,D, Varcoe,T, Mau,V, 2003, Rhythmic expression of clock and clock-controlled genes in the rat oviduct, Molecular Human Reproduction, 9, 9, 503-507 10.1093/molehr/gag067
2003 Kennaway,D, Voultsios,A, Varcoe,T, Moyer,R, 2003, Melatonin and activity rhythm responses to light pulses in mice with the Clock mutation, American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology, 284, 5, R1231-R1240 10.1152/ajpregu.00697.2002
2002 Kennaway,D, Voultsios,A, Varcoe,T, Moyer,R, 2002, Melatonin in mice: rhythms, response to light, adrenergic stimulation, and metabolism, American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology, 282, 2, R358-R365 10.1152/ajpregu.00360.2001
2001 Kennaway,D, Moyer,R, Voultsios,A, Varcoe,T, 2001, Serotonin, excitatory amino acids and the photic control of melatonin rhythms and SCN c-FOS in the rat, Brain Research, 897, 01-Feb, 36-43 10.1016/S0006-8993(01)02091-1

Conference Items

Date Citation
2009 Varcoe,TJ, Salkeld,M, Mocaer,E, Seguin,L, Kennaway,DJ, 2009, Effects of chronic agomelatine administration on the expression of a panel of genes in various brain areas of rats, 22nd Congress of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Istanbul, Turkey 10.1016/S0924-977X(09)70685-6
Year Grant Amount
2016-2018

Impact of disrupted sleep and rhythms during pregnancy on the mother and her offspring.

CI-C with Kennaway DJ and Gatford KL, NHMRC Project Grant #APP1106674

$797,000
2014 Robinson Research Institute Career Development Fellowship $50,000
2011-2013

The consequences of simulated shift work exposure during gestation on the metabolic health of the adult offspring.

CI-B with Kennway DJ, NHMRC Project Grant #APP1009877

$536,000
2009

The effects of circadian disruption through exposure to a simulated shift work schedule during pregnancy on the health and development of the offspring.

CI-A with Kennway DJ and Van Den Heuvel C, Women's and Children's Project Grant

$45,000

 

Position
NHMRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Phone
83138127
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Medical School North
Room Number
2 20a
Org Unit
Paediatrics and Reproductive Health

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