Tamara Varcoe

Dr 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.

  • 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
Year Grant Amount

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

2014 Robinson Research Institute Career Development Fellowship $50,000

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


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



  • Position: NHMRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Phone: 83138127
  • Email: tamara.varcoe@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 6
  • Room: WS6062.35
  • Org Unit: Paediatrics and Reproductive Health

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