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Research funding
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Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Molecular Mechanisms of Insulin Resistance
  • Polycystic Ovary syndrome
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Metabolism

Available to supervise research students

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About Alba Moreno-asso

Alba is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Health and Sport (IHES) at Victoria University, and a member-in-training at the Australian Institute of Musculoskeletal Science (AIMSS). She obtained her PhD in Biomedicine from the University of Barcelona, Spain.

Her current research focuses on the molecular mechanisms regulating insulin resistance in women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, and the associated epigenetic and transcriptomic profiling. She's also exploring the molecular adaptations to exercise training in these women,as part of a multi-site clinical trial funded by NHMRC Project Grant (2019-2022), to understand how exercise can improve their metabolic health and wellbeing.

Alba also maintains domestic and international collaborations with research leaders from the University of Adelaide, UNSW, ACU, Monash University and the University of Copenhagen.

 

Qualifications

  • PhD in Biomedicine, University of Barcelona, Spain, 2014
  • MSc in Biomedicine, University of Barcelona, Spain, 2010
  • BSc in Biotechnology, Autonomous University of Barcelona, 2009

Key publications

Year Citation
2020 Moreno-Asso, A., Mcilvenna, L., Patten, R., Mcainch, A., Rodgers, R., & Stepto, N. (200401). Mechanisms of Insulin Resistance in Skeletal Muscle in Women with PCOS Oxford University Press.
2020 Patten, R., Mcilvenna, L., Moreno-Asso, A., Hiam, D., & Stepto, N. (200401). Efficacy of High Intensity Intermittent Training for Improving Cardio-Metabolic Health in Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: A Pilot Study Oxford University Press.

Year Citation
2021 McIlvenna, L. C., Patten, R. K., McAinch, A. J., Rodgers, R. J., Stepto, N. K., & Moreno-Asso, A. (211011). Transforming Growth Factor Beta 1 Alters Glucose Uptake but Not Insulin Signalling in Human Primary Myotubes From Women With and Without Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Frontiers in Endocrinology, 12

doi: 10.3389/fendo.2021.732338

2021 Smith, C., Lin, X., Scott, D., Brennan-Speranza, T. C., Saedi, A. A., Moreno-Asso, A., Woessner, M., Hassan, E. B., Eynon, N., & Duque, G. (210401). Uncovering the bone-muscle interaction and its implications for the health and function of older adults (the wellderly project): Protocol for a randomized controlled crossover trial. JMIR Research Protocols, 10(4),

doi: 10.2196/18777

2020 Danaher, J., Stathis, C. G., Wilson, R. A., Moreno-Asso, A., Wellard, R. M., & Cooke, M. B. (200817). High intensity exercise downregulates FTO mRNA expression during the early stages of recovery in young males and females. Nutrition and Metabolism, 17(1),

doi: 10.1186/s12986-020-00489-1

2020 Stepto, N. K., Hiam, D., Gibson-Helm, M., Cassar, S., Harrison, C. L., Hutchison, S. K., Joham, A. E., Canny, B. J., Moreno-Asso, A., & Strauss, B. J. (200101). Exercise and insulin resistance in PCOS: Muscle insulin signalling and fibrosis. Endocrine Connections, 9(4), (346-359).

doi: 10.1530/EC-19-0551

2019 Hiam, D., Simar, D., Laker, R., Altlnta, A., Gibson-Helm, M., Fletcher, E., Moreno-Asso, A., Trewin, A. J., Barres, R., & Stepto, N. K. (191201). Epigenetic Reprogramming of Immune Cells in Women with PCOS Impact Genes Controlling Reproductive Function. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 104(12), (6155-6170).

doi: 10.1210/jc.2019-01015

2019 Stepto, N. K., Moreno-Asso, A., McIlvenna, L. C., Walters, K. A., & Rodgers, R. J. (191101). Molecular Mechanisms of Insulin Resistance in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Unraveling the Conundrum in Skeletal Muscle?. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 104(11), (5372-5381).

doi: 10.1210/jc.2019-00167

2019 Hiam, D., Moreno-Asso, A., Teede, H. J., Laven, J. SE., Stepto, N. K., Moran, L. J., & Gibson-Helm, M. (191001). The genetics of polycystic ovary syndrome: An overview of candidate gene systematic reviews and genome-wide association studies. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 8(10),

doi: 10.3390/jcm8101606

2019 Stepto, N. K., Patten, R. K., Tassone, E. C., Misso, M. L., Brennan, L., Boyle, J., Boyle, R. A., Harrison, C. L., Hirschberg, A. L., & Marsh, K. (190801). Exercise Recommendations for Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Is the Evidence Enough?. Sports Medicine, 49(8), (1143-1157).

doi: 10.1007/s40279-019-01133-6

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Uncovering the Therapeutic Role of Osteocalcin in Hyperglycemic Settings: Effect on Older Adults' Myotubes
From: Diabetes Australia
Other investigators: Prof Itamar Levinger, Mr Xuzhu Lin
For period: 2020-2020
$59,747

Does the epigenome determine the response to exercise in women with PCOS?
From: NHMRC
Other investigators: Dr Sarah Voisin, Prof Nigel Stepto
For period: 2019-2019
$12,900
The role of the epigenome in the response to exercise in skeletal muscle of women with PCOS
From: NHMRC
For period: 2019-2019
$8,700

The role of skeletal muscle extracellular matrix remodelling in the development of insulin resistance in women with PCOS
From: NHMRC
Other investigators: Prof Nigel Stepto
For period: 2018-2019
$12,000
Mechanism of insulin resistance in skeletal muscle of women with PCOS: The role of Transforming Growth factor (TFG) and issue fibrosis
From: Diabetes Australia Research Trust
Other investigators: Prof Nigel Stepto, Prof Andrew Mcainch
For period: 2018-2018
$58,162

Mechanism of insulin resistance inskeletal muscle of women with PCOS: The role of Transforming Growth Factor (TGF) and tissue fibrosis
From: NHMRC - Centre for Research Excellence Award, ISEAL
Other investigators: Prof Nigel Stepto, Mr Luke Mcilvenna
For period: 2017-2018
$56,384
Developing a tissue culture model of exercise training: Impacts of contraction on human myotube function and metabolism in health and disease.
From: Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Science (AIMSS), ISEAL
Other investigators: Prof Nigel Stepto, Prof Andrew Mcainch
For period: 2017-2018
Not disclosed

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

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Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Principal supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
3 PhD Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (3) Associate supervisor

Careers

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