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Dr Kate Weeks

PhD

Dr Kate Weeks

Cardiac Hypertrophy

 

Monash University supervisor

Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellow | Leader, Molecular Cardiology Group

+61 3 8532 1205

Dr Weeks leads the Molecular Cardiology Group at the Baker Institute. The Molecular Cardiology Group uses in vivo mouse models, cell culture systems, molecular biology approaches and state-of-the-art omic technologies to characterise novel signalling mechanisms that contribute to cardiac remodelling and heart failure. Our current research focuses on a group of enzymes known as protein phosphatases. Specifically, we are interested in how protein phosphatase regulatory subunits control phosphatase activity and function in the context of cardiac remodelling and heart disease. Our findings will inform the development and translation of new therapies for heart failure.

Dr Weeks was awarded her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Melbourne in 2012. She was subsequently awarded a highly competitive Overseas Research Fellowship from the Heart Foundation to undertake postdoctoral training at King's College London under the mentorship of Prof Metin Avkiran. In 2018, Dr Weeks was awarded an Emerging Leader Fellowship from the Baker Institute and The Shine On Foundation, and established the Molecular Cardiology Group. Dr Weeks’ current research is supported by a Future Leader Fellowship from the Heart Foundation, and project grants from The Shine On Foundation and Diabetes Australia.

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Research overview

  • Identification and characterisation of novel signalling mechanisms involved in cardiac remodelling and heart failure.
  • Investigation of the role of PP2A regulatory subunits in cardiac development and disease.
  • Using integrated proteomic approaches to investigate protein phosphatase signalling in cardiomyocytes.
     

Awards

  • ISHR Early Career Investigator Award for Best Oral Presentation (2017)
  • Rod Andrew Prize, Baker Institute (2010)

Achievements

  • Future Leader Fellowship, Heart Foundation (2020–2023)
  • Emerging Leader Fellowship and Project Grant, The Shine On Foundation (2018–2020)
  • Diabetes Australia Research Program Grant (2019)
  • Hypertension and Cardiac Disease Seed Grant, Baker Institute (2017)
  • Women in Science Support Grants, Baker Institute (2016, 2019)

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