About Dr Andrew Hoy

The intellectual change to elucidate the mechanisms responsible for the many complex metabolic diseases is a great challenge and one that keeps pushing me day to day to find therapeutic targets for these debilitating diseases.

The research performed in the Lipid Metabolism Laboratory is focused on how lipids are involved in many diseases. One theme is focused on the role that excessive storage of lipid in skeletal muscle and liver may link obesity and type 2 diabetes. The other theme in the lab is the potential role of perturbed lipid metabolism in breast and prostate cancer. This theme includes the interaction between local adipocytes and cancer cells as well as the metabolism of substrates such as lipids, glutamine and glucose by cancer cells. Using a variety of model systems from cell culture through to primary human tissue in conjunction with clinical trials as well as using exercise as a model of efficient lipid metabolism, our focus is identifying potential therapeutic targets.

Dr Andrew Hoy is the Helen and Robert Ellis Postdoctoral Research Fellow from the Sydney Medical School Foundation and Head of the Lipid Metabolism Laboratory in the Discipline of Physiology, School of Medical Sciences and Bosch Institute. He is also an Honorary Associate with the Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders. Dr Hoy received his BSc (Biomedical Sc.) and MSc (Research) at the University of Wollongong, PhD training at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research within the Diabetes and Obesity Research Program, and Post-Doctoral training at Monash University as a NHMRC Biomedical Australia Training Fellow. He returned to Sydney in 2012 to establish his independent research laboratory which is located in the Charles Perkins Centre.

Over his the course of his research career, Dr Hoy has a developed a theme of research investigating lipid metabolism and insulin action and the outcomes of these studies have resulted in a number of important contributions to the field. He has an established publication track record with many high impact reports. He also has presented at many local and international scientific meetings.

Dr Hoy is an active member of many scientific societies including the Australian Diabetes Society, Australian Physiological Society, and Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society. He also contributes to the scientific field through his role in the peer review process for granting bodies such as the NHMRC, the Austrian Science Fund, National Science Center of Poland, and Diabetes Australia Research Trust.

Selected publications

For a comprehensive list of Dr Hoy's publications, please visit his Sydney Medical School academic profile.