Rasmus Kjøbsted – University of Copenhagen

Rasmus Kjøbsted

Elucidating mechanisms for exercise induced muscle insulin sensitivity
– role of AMPK

Due to the AKC scholarship award I got the opportunity to continue research on muscle insulin sensitivity after handing in my master thesis.

During my time as a master student I found that the protein AMPK was sufficient to increase insulin sensitivity to stimulate glucose uptake in skeletal muscle. However, previously work had demonstrated that other proteins also might be involved.

The award made it possible for me to collect and process muscle specimens from human subjects, which were analyzed using phospho-proteomics by newly established collaborators at SDU, thereby revealing possible proteins involved in increasing muscle insulin sensitivity post exercise.

All together, this will eventually end in a publication in which I am granted a shared first authorship and later it will become a part of my PhD thesis.