Skip to Content

Stark Laboratory

Brain Glucose Regulation Group

Welcome to the Stark Lab

Our laboratory focusses how the brain senses glucose and initiates regulatory responses to control blood sugar levels.

We're part of the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute, and a member of the Metabolism, Diabetes & Obesity Program,
and the Department of Physiology.

Dr Romana Stark

My global research connections, partners and funding can be viewed on my Monash Research Profile.

If you are a student interested in doing research in our lab, visit Supervisor Connect.

Click the links below to connect with me on ORCID and Google Scholar.

Our research

Glucose is the primary fuel for the vast majority of the cells. Thus, the body tightly regulates blood glucose levels and has essential cellular, autonomic, endocrine, and behavioral measures to counteract both hypo- and hyperglycemia. While hormonal cues from the periphery inform the brain about blood sugar levels, the brain is the main player to initiate counter-regulation. In our lab we investigate how ghrelin acts in the brain to control energy and glucose homeostasis.

Lab members

We are committed to excellence in research.


View our chosen highlighted key publications.

Read more


We want to share our research discoveries & successes with you.

Read more

Join Our Lab

We're always interested in collaborating with bright and motivated researchers, clinicians and industry. Whether you want to research, study or partner with us to accelerate our discoveries, find out about the work we do.

Find out more