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Dr Yow Keat Tham

BSc(Hons) | PhD

Yow Keat is a Group Leader and Baker-La Trobe Senior Research Fellow in the Metabolomics laboratory.

He was awarded his PhD in Medicine from Monash University in 2018. He conducted his doctoral research under the guidance of Professor Julie McMullen and Professor Peter Meikle, and completed his first postdoctoral stint under Professor Julie McMullen (2018–2022) During his PhD, he demonstrated distinctive lipid profiles in the heart and circulation following exercise vs heart failure/disease, and how modulating different lipid species in the heart could affect cardiac health. His postdoctoral research further focused on the role of specific lipids in cardioprotection and heart disease, whether the manipulation of these lipids can serve as new therapies for heart failure and how changes to the heart can affect systemic change to lipids in other tissues. His findings were published in top journals including Nature Communications, Cell Reports and Diabetes.

Yow Keat's current research will involve development of lipid modulating therapies for cardiovascular and other chronic diseases using preclinical models. His joint appointment by the Baker Institute and La Trobe University will see him facilitate new collaborations across institutes, leading to exciting avenues of research.


  • Baker Institute Quarterly Research Prize (1st quarter and 3rd quarter, 2018 and 1st quarter 2021)
  • ISHR Travel Awards (2016, 2022)
  • Paul Korner Medal for most outstanding final year PhD student (2017)
  • ASMR Student Symposium, Best Oral for final year PhD or equivalent (2016)
  • ISHR (Australasian section) PhD Student Publication Prize winner (2015)


  • Council member, Australasia Section Council (2023–2026)
  • National Heart Foundation Vanguard Grant (2022)
  • Baker Institute Munz Validation Grant (2021)
  • Co-Chair, World Congress ECI Committee (2021–present)
  • Co-Chair, Australasia Section ECI Committee (2021–present)

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