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Jane Adkins

Jane Adkins

Lab Manager Assistant
Research support

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I have spent the last 23 years as a Research Assistant, at the University, where my focus has been in the field of Developmental Programming. This focused on the use of human and animal models to disentangle the mechanisms linking a suboptimal maternal environment with increased risk of the exposed infant having increased risk of adult disease in later life. During this time I have gained 47 papers in high impact factor journals.


1. Tarry-Adkins et al. The metabolic response of human trophoblasts derived from term placentas to metformin. Diabetologia - In press.
2. Tarry-Adkins et al, Impact of Metformin Treatment on Human Placental Energy Production and Oxidative Stress. Front Cell Dev Biol (2022) Jun 17; 10:935403. 
3. .Tarry-Adkins et al. Efficacy and Side Effect Profile of Different Formulations of Metformin: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Diabetes Ther (2021) Jul;12(7):1901-1914.
4. Tarry-Adkins et al. Exploring Telomere Dynamics in Aging Male Rat Tissues: Can Tissue-Specific Differences Contribute to Age-Associated Pathologies? Gerontology (2021);67(2):233-242.
5. Tarry-Adkins et al. Neonatal, infant, and childhood growth following metformin versus insulin treatment for gestational diabetes: A systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS Medicine (2019); 16(8):e1002848. 
6. Tarry-Adkins et al. A suboptimal maternal diet combined with accelerated postnatal growth results in an altered aging profile in the thymus of male rats. FASEB J (2019)33(1):239-253. 
7. Tarry-Adkins et al. Insulin-signalling dysregulation and inflammation is programmed trans-generationally in a female rat model of poor maternal nutrition. Sci Rep (2018) Mar 5;8(1):4014. 
8. Tarry-Adkins et al. Poor maternal nutrition and accelerated postnatal growth induces an accelerated aging phenotype and oxidative stress in skeletal muscle of male rats. Dis Model Mech (2016) Oct 1;9(10):1221-1229. 
9. Tarry-Adkins et al. Coenzyme Q10 prevents hepatic fibrosis, inflammation, and oxidative stress in a male rat model of poor maternal nutrition and accelerated postnatal growth. Am J Clin Nutr (2016) Feb;103(2):579-88.
10. Tarry-Adkins et al. Coenzyme Q10 prevents accelerated cardiac aging in a rat model of poor maternal nutrition and accelerated postnatal growth. Mol Metab. 2013 Sep 27;2(4):480-90.