Dr Tamara Varcoe

 Position NHMRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow
 Org Unit Paediatrics and Reproductive Health
 Email tamara.varcoe@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 8127
 Location Floor/Room WS6062.35 ,  Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    Member of the Circadian Physiology Research Group, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Adelaide.

    Member of the Robinson Research Institute.

    Member of the Endocrine Society of Australia, the European Biological Rhythms Society and the Australasian Chronobiology Society.


  • Qualifications

    • 2008, PhD within the Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Adelaide. Project title "The role of serotonin-2c receptors in the rat circadian system".
    • 2002, First Class Honours within the Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Adelaide.
    • 1996, Bachelor of Arts, Flinders University of South Australia.
  • Awards & Achievements

    • 2014, Robinson Research Institute Career Development Fellowship.
    • 2014, Robinson Research Institute, Travel Award, ESA 2014, Melbourne.
    • 2011-13, Chief Investigator, NHMRC Project Grant. APP100987, The consequences of simulated shift work exposure during gestation on the metabolic health of the adult offspring.
    • 2009, Chief Investigator, Women's and Children's Research Foundation Project Grant. "The effects of circadian disruption through exposure to a simulated shift work schedule during pregnancy on the health and development of the offspring."
    • 2008 RCRH and O&G Research Conference Travel Grant to attend the Australasian Chronobiology Society Meeting, Sydney (invited speaker).
    • 2007, Best Postgraduate Presentation, Australasian Chronobiology Society Meeting, Adelaide, Australia.
    • 2003, Ross Wishart Award, Runner-up. Australian Society for Medical Research Local Conference, South Australia.
    • 2003, Travel Grant, Japan 1st World Congress of Chronobiology
    • 2003, Australian Postgraduate Award
  • Research Interests

    • The impact of shift work during gestation on the health of the developing fetus through to adulthood.
    • The role of circadian rhythmicity in depression and response to antidepressant treatment.
    • The impact of shift work on metabolic homeostasis.
    • The role of serotonin 2C receptors in the transmission of light information from the retina to the central circadian clock.
  • Publications

    (i)            Edited books

    1.     Kennaway DJ and Varcoe TJ. 2012 Circadian rhythm research or ‘chronobiology’ has come of age. Mol. Cell. Endocrinol. Feb 5;349(1):1-2. 

    (ii)          Refereed journal articles

    2.     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, 20/6/14. 

    3.     Abu Shamsi N, Salkeld MD, Rattanatray L, Voultsios A, Varcoe TJ, Boden MJ, Kennaway DJ (2014). Metabolic consequences of timed feeding in mice. Physiology and Behavior 128: 188-201.

    4.     Kennaway DJ, Varcoe TJ, Voultsios A, Boden MJ. 2013 Global loss of bmal1 expression alters adipose tissue hormones, gene expression and glucose metabolism. PLoS One, Jun 4;8(6):e65255 

    5.     Boden MJ*, Varcoe TJ*, Kennaway DJ. 2013 Circadian regulation of reproduction: from gamete to offspring. Prog. Biophys. Mol. Biol. Feb 1.S0079-6107(13)00004-7. 

    *shared first authorship

    6.     Varcoe TJ, Boden MJ, Voultsios A, Salkeld M, Rattanatray L, Kennaway DJ. 2013 Characterisation of the maternal response to chronic phase shifts: implications for fetal metabolic programming. PLoS One, 8(1):e53800

    7.     Kennaway DJ, Boden MJ, Varcoe TJ. 2012 Circadian rhythms and fertility. Mol. Cell. Endocrinol. Feb 5;349(1):56-61. 

    8.     Varcoe TJ, Wight N, Voultsios A, Salkeld M, Kennaway DJ. 2011 Chronic phase shifts of the photoperiod throughout pregnancy programs glucose intolerance and insulin resistance in the rat. PLoS One. Apr 6;6(4):e1850 

    9.     Boden M, Varcoe TJ, Voultsios A, Kennaway DJ. 2010 Reproductive biology of female Bmal1 null mice. Reproduction. 139(6):1077-90. 

    10.  Varcoe TJ and Kennaway DJ. 2008 Activation of 5-HT(2C) receptors acutely induces Per1 gene expression in the rat SCN in vitro. Brain Res. 1209:19-28

    11.  Kennaway DJ, Owens JA, Voultsios A, Boden MJ, Varcoe TJ.  2007 Metabolic homeostasis in mice with disrupted Clock gene expression in peripheral tissues.  Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 293(4):R1528-37

    12.  Kennaway DJ, Owens JA, Voultsios A, Varcoe TJ. 2006 Functional central rhythmicity and light entrainment, but not liver and muscle rhythmicity, are Clock independent.  Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 291(4):R1172-80. 

    13.  Jensen M, Farrand K, Redman L, Varcoe T & Coleman L. (2005). Helping graduate teaching assistants lead discussions with undergraduate students. Journal of College Science Teaching, 34(7), 20-24.

    14.  Varcoe TJ, Voultsios A, Kennaway DJ. 2003 Activation of 5-HT2C receptors acutely induces Per gene expression in the rat suprachiasmatic nucleus at night. Brain Res.  19(2):192-200, 2003.

    15.  Kennaway DJ, Varcoe TJ, Mau VJ. 2003 Rhythmic expression of clock and clock-controlled genes in the rat oviduct. Mol Hum Reprod. 9(9):503-7. (IF = 3.0)

    16.  Kennaway DJ, Voultsios A, Varcoe TJ, Moyer RW. 2003 Melatonin and activity rhythm responses to light pulses in mice with the Clock mutation.  Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 284(5):R1231-40. 

    17.  Kennaway DJ, Voultsios A, Varcoe TJ, Moyer RW. 2002 Melatonin in mice: rhythms, response to light, adrenergic stimulation and metabolism.  Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 282: 358-365.

    18.  Kennaway DJ, Moyer RW, Voultsios A, Varcoe TJ. Serotonin, excitatory amino acids and the photic control of melatonin rhythms and SCN c-FOS in the rat.  Brain Res. 897:36-43, 2001. 

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