Tongzhi Wu

Dr Tongzhi Wu

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Dr Tongzhi Wu leads a research team within the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Translating Nutritional Science to Good Health at the University of Adelaide, using sophisticated techniques to gain important insights into how ingested nutrients interact with the gut in health and disease. He is particularly interested in how the gut “tastes” meal contents, especially bitter tasting substances. He is embarking on exciting new research funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Diabetes Australia, the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) Research Foundation, and the University of Adelaide, to understand how the sensing of bitter substances in the gut can regulate appetite and blood glucose levels. The outcomes of Dr Wu’s research program have the potential to establish new, safe and inexpensive treatments for type 2 diabetes.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2018 Adjunct Senior Fellow University of Adelaide, Adelaide
    2018 - 2020 Royal Adelaide Hospital Florey Fellow Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide
    2014 - 2017 Royal Adelaide Hospital Mary Overton Fellow University of Adelaide
    2014 - 2014 NHMRC Clinical Research Fellow University of Adelaide, Adelaide
    2007 - 2009 Basic Physician Trainee Zhongda Hospital Southeast University
    2006 - 2007 Intern (First Class) Zhongda Hospital Southeast University
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2016 Award Executive Dean's Award for Research Excellence (Early Career Researcher) The University of Adelaide
    2016 Award Travel Award European Association for the Study of Diabetes €1500
    2016 Award Travel Award University of Adelaide, School of Medicine Australia 2835
    2015 Fellowship Early Career Fellowship Royal Adelaide Hospital Australia
    2015 Recognition Best Poster Australian Diabetes Society Australia
    2015 Award Travel Grant University of Adelaide, Discipline of Medicine Australia
    2014 Research Award University Doctoral Research Medal University of Adelaide Australia
    2013 Recognition Dean's commendation for thesis excellence University of Adelaide Australia
    2013 Award Travel Award, Diabetes Congress International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Australia
    2013 Fellowship Travelling Fellowship University of Adelaide, Discipline of Medicine Australia 2600
    2012 Award Travel Award European Association for the Study of Diabetes €2000
    2011 Award Travel Award European Association for the Study of Diabetes €2000
    2011 Fellowship Postgraduate Travelling Fellowship University of Adelaide Australia 1700
    2010 Recognition Best Poster Presentation University of Adelaide, Research Expo Australia
    2009 Recognition Outstanding Postgraduate in Clinical Medicine Southeast University Australia
    2009 Scholarship Postgraduate Scholarship China Scholarship Council China
    2009 Scholarship Postgraduate Supplementary Scholarship Centre of Research Excellence in Translating Nutritional Science to Good Health Australia
    2007 Scholarship First-class postgraduate scholarship Southeast University China
    2007 Recognition Outstanding Graduate in Clinical Medicine Southeast University China
    2006 Recognition 'Excellent Student Researcher' in the Student Research Training Program (SRTP) Southeast University China
    2004 Scholarship 'Zi-guang' Scholarship Southeast University Australia
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2009 - 2013 University of Adelaide Australia Doctor of Philosophy
    2007 - 2009 Southeast University China Master of Clinical Medicine
    2002 - 2007 Southeast University China Bachelor of Clinical Medicine
Years Funding details
2018-20

NHMRC Project Grant (APP114733) - Bitter taste as a mediator of food intake and postprandial glycaemia in health and type 2 diabetes. Wu T, Rayner CK, Jones KL, Young RL and Feinle-Bisset C. ($725,276)

2018-20 Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) Research Foundation Florey Fellowship - Bitter taste as a mediator of food intake and postprandial glycaemia in health and type 2 diabetes. Wu T. ($348,000)
2018-19 Diabetes Australia Millennium Grant - Do artificial sweeteners affect glycaemic control in T2DM adversely? Young RL, Rayner CK, Horowitz M, Wu T. ($150,000)
2018 Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) Research Foundation Clinical Project Grant - Role of endogenous glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide in the gastric emptying, glycaemia, splanchnic blood flow and blood pressure responses to oral glucose in healthy older subjects. Jones KL, Rayner CK, Wu T, Bartholomeusz D, Horowitz M, Veedfald S, Holst J, Rosenkilde M, Deacon C. ($49,472)
2018 Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) Research Foundation Clinical Project Grant - Molecular events linking artificial sweetener intake to augmented glucose absorption and dysglycaemia in health and type 2 diabetes. Young RL, Nguyen N, Rayner CK, Wu T. ($49,710)
2017-18

Project Development Award of NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Translating Nutritional Science to Good Health - Effects of the bitter taste agonist, denatonium benzoate, on energy intake and postprandial glycaemia in health and type 2 diabetes. Wu T. ($32,610)

2017-18

The University of Adelaide Early Career Researcher Mentored Project Development Grant - Nutrient-gut interactions and glycaemic control in type 2 diabetes. Wu T ($14,992)

2017-18 Diabetes Australia General Grant - Gastrointestinal mechanisms of the anti-diabetic effect of metformin. Wu T, Rayner CK, Horowitz M.

($59,270)

2017

The University of Adelaide Research Infrastructure Funding Awards - LOGIQ eR7 Ultrasound System to measure 2D and Doppler ultrasound in nutrition research. Jones KL, Rayner CK, Feinle-Bisset C, Wu T, Soenen S ($26,410)

2016-17

Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) Research Foundation Clinical Project Grant - Does intestinal bitter taste sensing modulate gastrointestinal motility and hormone secretion to reduce glycaemia and energy intake in humans? Wu T, Rayner CK. ($49,258)

2015-17

Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) Research Committee Early Career Fellowship - The “gut-incretin” axis in the regulation of postprandial glycaemia in type 2 diabetes. Wu T. ($252,000)

2015

The University of Adelaide Interdisciplinary Seed Funding - Fibre insight in diabetes treatment: a new photonic fibre device to investigate the enteroendocrine L-cells. Zhao J, Wu T. ($22,000)

2014-16

Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) Research Foundation Clinical Project Grant - Intestinal sweet taste receptor control of glucose absorption in human health & type 2 diabetes. Young RL, Wu T, Rayner CK. ($40,000)

2014-16 Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) Research Foundation Clinical Project Grant - Effects of DPP-4 inhibition with sitagliptin on postprandial blood pressure, glycaemia and incretin hormones in type 2 diabetes – relationship to gastric emptying. Jones KL, Wu T, Rayner CK. ($49,700)
2014

Clinical Research Fellowship, NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Translating Nutritional Science to Good Health - “Gut-based” approaches to the management of type 2 diabetes. Wu T. ($80,571)

 

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2017 Co-Supervisor Bitter Taste Control of Blood Glucose Homeostasis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Cong Xie
    2017 Co-Supervisor The fabrication of a multiplexing Optimal fibre sensor to detect metal ion and glucose. Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Weikun Huang
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2015 - ongoing Member Australian Diabetes Society Australia
    2009 - ongoing Member European Association for the Study of Diabetes
  • Phone: 83136535
  • Email: tongzhi.wu@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8223 3870
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 6
  • Room: 6 21
  • Org Unit: Medical Specialties

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