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Student research project

Supervisors: Professor Peter Meikle, Dr Yow Keat Tham and Dr Sudip Paul


Plasmalogens are a unique class of lipids that are abundant in certain tissues such as the heart, brain and specific immune cell types. Studies have demonstrated that plasmalogens are dysregulated in settings of metabolic, cardiovascular, liver, and neurodegenerative diseases. Plasmalogen presents as an attractive therapeutic target as they can be easily modulated through dietary supplementation of their precursors commonly known as alkylglycerols (AKGs). While the use of AKGs has demonstrated beneficial outcomes in multiple disease models, in depth assessment on the modulatory effects on plasmalogen species in specific tissues are still unknown. In addition, current doses of AKGs used in preclinical models are not viable for translation to patient populations.

As such, this study aims to comprehensively profile the change to the lipidome of specific tissues following 1. long term AKG supplementation, and 2. long term supplementation using alternative precursor compounds with higher bioavailability than AKG, in a mouse model.

Key skillsets that could be obtained through this project include animal handling, exposure to molecular biology techniques such as lipid/DNA/RNA extractions, qPCR, lipidomics, and analyses of lipidomic datasets.


This project is suitable for a Master or PhD student.

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