Dr Robert Hart

Lecturer in Biomedical Science - School of Science and Technology

Robert Hart

Phone: +61 02 6773 2824

Email: rhart7@une.edu.au

Biography

In 2010 Rob received a BSc(Hons) degree with first class honours in Physiology from UNE and received his PhD in 2016 for his thesis on Physiology and Pharmacokinetics. Throughout Rob’s Honours and PhD study he was involved in teaching in practical classes for various Biomedical subjects and in the later part of his PhD he was also employed as an Associate Lecturer in Human Biology and Physiology before joining UNE in 2015 as Lecturer in Biomedical Science. Rob’s research has examined the distribution and effects of a protein hormone, leptin, which is important in the regulation of appetite, reproduction, energy homeostasis, the development of obesity and metabolic syndrome.

Qualifications

BSc (Hons I) (Physiology), PhD University of New England

Teaching Areas

Rob has lectured into, or coordinated, a number of units relating to Biomedical Science, including:

  • HHSC156 Science for Nursing: Principles
  • HHSC157 Science for Nursing: Foundations
  • HHSC233 Homeostasis: The Dynamic Balance of Health
  • HSNS265 Nursing Practice: Models of Integrated Care (Renal Physiology)
  • HSNS365 Professional Practice: Preparation for Professional Practice (Laboratory Diagnostics)
  • HSNS367 Nursing Practice: Complex Integrated Care (Endocrinology & Reproduction)
  • PSIO120 Introductory Human Physiology
  • PSIO331/531 Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology
  • Medicine

Research Interests

Rob’s research interests include hormonal regulation of homeostasis, pharmacokinetics, and the gut microbiome.

Publications

Selected Recent Publications

Journal Articles

Hart, RA, Dobos, RC, Agnew, LL, Smart, NA, McFarlane, JR (2017), ‘Leptin pharmacokinetics in male mice’, Endocrine Connections, 6(1), 20-26

Hart, RA, Agnew, LL, Tellam, RL and McFarlane, JR (2016), ‘Pharmacokinetics of Leptin in Female Mice’, Physiological Research (In press)

Andrew, NR, Hart, RA, Jung, M-P, Hemming, Z and Terblanche, JS (2013), ‘Can temperate insects take the heat? A case study of the physiological and behavioural responses to in a common ant, Iridomyrmex purpureus (Formicidae), with potential climate change’, Journal of Insect Physiology 59, 870-880

Andrew, NR, Hart, RA and Terblanche, JS (2012), ‘Plasticity of low temperature tolerance in an Australian cantharid beetle Chauliognathus lugubris’, Physiological Entomology 36, 4, 385-391

Conference Abstracts

Hart, RA, and McFarlane, JR, 2016, ‘The fate of leptin in the digestive tract of mice’, ESA-SRB Meeting, ESA Basic Orals – Metabolic regulation of endocrine tissues, #223

Hart, RA, Agnew LL and McFarlane, JR, 2016, ‘Leptin pharmacokinetics in the digestive tract of mice’, Physiology2016 (American Physiological Society and The Physiological Society combined meeting), Poster PCA236

Hart, RA, Agnew, LL and McFarlane, JR (2015), ‘Pharmacokinetics of Leptin in the Gut of Mice’ The Annual Endocrine Society of Australia and Society for Reproductive Biology Meeting 2015

Hart, RA and McFarlane, JR (2014), ‘Leptin in the Gut of Male Mice’, Australian and New Zealand Society for Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry 31st Annual Meeting

Hart, RA and McFarlane, JR (2013), ‘Leptin Distribution in the Gut of Male Mice’, Endocrine Reviews, 34, 3 Meeting Abstracts, MON-665

Andrew, NR, Hart, RA, Jung, M-P and Terblanche, JS (2012), ‘Can temperate insects take the heat? The risks of high temperature exposure to meat ants caused by climate change’ Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting 2012

Hart, RA and McFarlane, JR (2011), ‘Compartmental Analysis of Leptin in Tissues of Mice’, Endocrine Reviews, 32, 3 Meeting Abstracts, P2-433

Memberships

Endocrine Society of Australia
Australian and New Zealand Society for Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry
Endocrine Society (USA)
American Physiological Society