Yoko Brigitte Wang

Yoko Brigitte Wang

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Yoko is a PhD candidate in Medicine (Neuroscience) at The University of Adelaide. Her research is focused on understanding the gut-brain axis of appetite control and how this interaction changes in a disease state, such as obesity. She is deeply interested in science communication and is an visual arts/motion graphics enthusiast.

Yoko is currently investigating the role of different types of vagal afferents in the stomach and their interaction with leptin - the fullness hormone - to control appetite. Vagal afferents are the sensory part of the vagus nerve that send fullness signal from gut to the brain to control feeding. Leptin enhances this signal transmission but in obesity, leptin effect is dampened and this may alter eating behaviour. Using combination of approaches at molecular (e.g. viral mediated neural tracing, genetically modified animal models, cell culture) and physiological (e.g., electrophysiology, metabolic monitoring, gastric emptying studies) level, Yoko aims to unravel how leptin acts through vagal afferents in the stomach and why leptin loses its effect in obesity. The outcome of this research would significantly contribute to the development of new therapeutic approaches for obesity through pharmacotherapy or dietary intervention.




  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2020 Wang, Y. B., de Lartigue, G., & Page, A. (2020). Dissecting the role of subtypes of gastrointestinal vagal afferents. Frontiers in Physiology, 11, 1-27.
    2017 Artadana, I. B. M., Suhono, G. B. F., Hardjo, P. H., Purwanto, M., Wang, Y. B., & Supaibulwatana, K. (2017). Plant regeneration induced from mature Embryo-derived callus of Balinese red rice (Oryza sativa Cv. Barak Cenana). Bali Medical Journal, 6(3), 12.
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2020 - ongoing Member PPIA SA Creative Media PPIA SA Australia
    2020 - ongoing Member ASMR South Australia State Committee ASMR Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2020 - ongoing Member The Australasian and New Zealand Obesity Society Australia
    2020 - ongoing Member Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) Australia
    2018 - ongoing Member Australasian Neuroscience Association Australia

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