DAISy-PCOS is national Wellcome Trust funded research project and an associated public engagement programme led by Professor Wiebke Arlt at the University of Birmingham, in collaboration with a number of other research institutes and teams up and down the United Kingdom. Collectively, our large team comprises a talented and committed group of clinical researchers, healthcare practitioners and engagement professionals with a wide range of skills and experience.

Photos of some of the members of the DAISy-PCOS research team
Members of the DAISy-PCOS research team

You can find out more about the team on this page, as well as explore the site for further information about the DAISy-PCOS research project and our public engagement activities, including how you can get involved if interested.

Professor Wiebke Arlt

DAISy-PCOS Principle Investigator & Honorary Consultant Endocrinologist at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Wiebke Arlt is the William Withering Chair of Medicine and Director of the Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research (IMSR), at the University of Birmingham.

She leads a large, multi-disciplinary research group, comprising biologists, biochemists, clinician scientists and computational biologists, investigating the regulation and role of steroid metabolism and action in health and disease. As an Honorary Consultant Endocrinologist, she leads specialist services for patients with adrenal and gonadal disorders at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

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Punith Kempegowda

Dr Punith Kempegowda

DAISy-PCOS Clinical Research Fellow

Punith is a specialist registrar in Endocrinology, Diabetes & General Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. He is also a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow in the Institute of Metabolism & Systems Research working on the DAISy-PCOS project. His current work focuses on how male hormone activation in adipose tissue impacts on metabolic phenotype in polycystic ovary syndrome, and how modulation of these pathways might inform new treatments for this disorder.

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Dr Lina Schiffer

DAISy-PCOS Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr Lina Schiffer is a steroid biochemist and postdoctoral research fellow in Prof Arlt’s group leading the ex-vivo research projects of DAISy-PCOS. Her work aims to elucidate, how androgens (‘male’ hormones)  are activated in key metabolic tissues, such as adipose and the liver, and how androgens regulate metabolic health. Ultimately, this work aims to identify potential novel targets for the treatment of metabolic complications in PCOS caused by androgens.

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Dr Eka Melson

DAISy-PCOS Clinical Research Fellow

Eka is a recent medical graduate from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He joined the Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research, working with Professor Arlt’s research group as a Clinical Research Fellow on the DAISY-PCOS research study. Eka is responsible for participant recruitment in to the DAISy-PCOS study.

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Dr Caroline Gillett

DAISy-PCOS Community & Public Engagement Manager

Caroline is the community & public engagement lead for the DAISy-PCOS project, as well as the wider Institute of Metabolism & Systems Research and the SMQB. She works closely with the research team, our charity partners and women with PCOS to co-develop and deliver our programme of engagement activity.

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How can you get involved?