Group members – University of Copenhagen

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Group members

Members of the Clinical Translational Metabolism group:

Signe Torekov SørensenSigne Sørensen Torekov, Associate Professor, MSc. in Human biology, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark and also part of the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, University of Copenhagen. Dr Torekov did her PhD at Steno Diabetes Center / Hagedorn Institute, Gentofte, Denmark and post doc at the Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. Assistant Professor Torekov has 13 years of experience in clinical translational research of the pathophysiological and genetic background of obesity and diabetes. She is project leader and principal investigator of several large investigations of appetite hormones responsible for maintenance of weight loss and pathophysiological investigation of humans with rare mutations of type 2 diabetes genes involved in incretin signaling. Furthermore, Associate Professor Torekov is a teacher of endocrinology, bachelor course and supervisor of students at University of Copenhagen and course director of Diabetes – a global challenge.

See Signe’s profile and publication list.

Eva Pers Winning IepsenEva Pers Winning Iepsen MD is a PhD student at the Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark and also part of the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, University of Copenhagen. After finishing her clinical internship Eva began her PhD study on GLP-1 signaling in obese melanocortin-4 receptor (MC4R) carriers. Prior to her engagement in this study, she was part of a large clinical research program focusing on the interaction between GLP-1 and leptin in obesity at the department.

See Eva’s profile and publication list.

Charlotte JanusCharlotte Janus, MSc in Human Biology,
is a PhD student at the Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Charlotte has been working at the research group of Professor Jens Juul Holst and Ass. Prof. Signe Torekov since 2013, where she did her bachelor project on incretin secretion using in vitro and in situ models. Supervised by Jens Juul Holst and Bente Stallknecht, Charlotte did her master’s thesis on a medium-scale randomized trial (GO-ACTIWE), investigating the effects of habitual exercise on appetite regulation in overweight men and women. Moreover, Charlotte has a second master’s degree in Business Administration and Bioentrepreneurship from Copenhagen Business School. Currently, Charlotte is doing her PhD project on the S-LiTE study, focusing on the (potential synergistic) effects of GLP-1R analogue treatment and habitual exercise on different health parameters and appetite regulation during and after a 5% weight loss in obese humans.

Xi FuXi Fu, M.D., Ph.D., is now a visiting researcher at the Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Xi Fu did her PhD at Department of Pediatric Endocrinology, Genetics and Metabolism, Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China. After her PhD, Xi works as a Resident Medical Doctor at the Department of Pediatrics in Tongji Hospital in China. Xi has gained around 6 years of experience in clinical and experimental endocrinology.

Julie Rehné Lundgren

Julie Rehné Lundgren, MD, is a PhD student at the Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of
Copenhagen, Denmark. She is currently working on a large clinical trial investigating the effect of GLP-1 treatment (liraglutide) and regular physical activity on weight and other health parameters after an initial diet-induced weight loss. Prior to this, she has been a medical research student on another clinical trial at the department investigating the interaction between GLP-1 and leptin in obese subjects.

Jinyi ZhangJinyi Zhang, PhD student, got her MSc in Human Nutrition from Ghent University in Belgium. She is now a PhD student at the Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. She started her PhD project on cellular effect of LQTS caused KCNQ1 mutation on the insulin secretion from 2015, by developing clinical translational experimental set up. Now she is also doing research on the hERG gene functions on metabolism, also using the CRISPR technology to mimic the patients' gene mutation on both in vitro and in vivo models.

Mads Rosenkilde, postdoc

Helene Palm, stud.med

Cecilie Knudsen, stud.med

Caroline Konring, master student

Gitte Nygaard Andersen, master student

Hanne Pedersen

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