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Dr McGee’s roles within the School of Medicine are to coordinate the Musculoskeletal Theme of the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery, to conduct world class independent and collaborative research, to generate independent research funding and to supervise Higher Degree by Research students.
Dr McGee obtained his PhD in Molecular Physiology from Deakin University in 2005 and completed postdoctoral training at the Department of Physiology, The University of Melbourne; and The Welcome Trust Biocentre, University of Dundee, Scotland. In 2006, Dr McGee accepted a Peter Doherty Fellowship from the NHMRC and at the beginning of 2009, relocated his research program to the School of Medicine, Deakin University, where he currently heads the Signalling and Transcription Laboratory, within the Metabolic Research Unit.
Dr McGee is coordinator of the Musculoskeletal Topic of the Knowledge of Health and Illness Theme (HME201). He also contributes to teaching in other subjects including Molecular Biology Techniques (SBB321) and Research Methods (HBS400). Dr McGee also supervisors honours and PhD students.
The prevalence of obesity and type 2 diabetes is rapidly increasing and the diseases are now major causes of morbidity in Western society. These diseases result in metabolic remodelling in a number of important tissues such as skeletal muscle, the liver and the brain. Much of this remodelling is due to altered expression of genes controlling metabolism. Our work focuses on the signalling and transcriptional mechanisms regulating metabolism in both healthy and diseased states. As part of this work, we have discovered a novel signalling and transcription pathway that regulates metabolism in response to low and high nutrient availability. We are currently investigating the role of this pathway in metabolic diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes. Other ongoing projects include regulation of the insulin signalling pathway and characterisation of novel, metabolically active factors released from fat.
Dr McGee has been awarded research funds totalling in excess of $1.5 million, with the majority from external National Competitive Grant Schemes. Dr McGee has also been awarded prestigious fellowships, including an NHMRC Peter Doherty Fellowship and the Diabetes Australia Research Trust Viertel Fellowship.
Dr McGee receives regular invitations to speak at international conferences and has been recognised with presentation awards at the FASEB Glucose Transporter Meetings in 2003 and 2005.
Dr McGee is a member of the Australian Diabetes Society, the Australian Physiological Society and the American Physiological Society.
Dr McGee serves on the School of Medicine Selection and Admissions Committee, is an Associate Editor for the BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders journal and regularly reviews for a number of high impact journals, including Diabetes, Endocrinology and The Journal of Physiology. He also reviews grants for organisations such as Diabetes Australia Research Trust, Australian Research Council, National Health and Medical Research Council, A*STAR BMRC (Singapore), Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (Canada), Canterbury Medical Research Foundation (New Zealand) and Association Française contre les Myopathies (France).