Consortium member

Romain Barrès


Head of Consortium & Professor

Main Research Interests

  • Epigenetics
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Epigenetic inheritance


Professor Romain Barrès obtained his Bachelor in Physiology from the University of Toulouse (France) and a Master and PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Nice Côte d’Azur (France). He conducted his postdoctoral studies in the laboratory of Prof. Juleen Zierath at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, after which he worked as a Lecturer at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. In 2010, he joined the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research to establish the Environmental Epigenetics lab at the University of Copenhagen. He is the Head of the Gametic Epigenetic Consortium against Obesity (GECKO), Associate Editor for Frontiers Endocrinology and member of the Editorial Board of Environmental Epigenetics. He is a recipient of the Helmholtz Young Investigator in Diabetes Award (HeIDI). He is also a Leadership and Management trainer for scientists for hfp-consulting (

Key Research Outputs

Skeletal muscle enhancer interactions identify genes controlling whole-body metabolism. Williams, K., […] Barrès, R. (2020) Nature communications 11(1): 1-16.

Endurance training remodels sperm-borne small RNA expression and methylation at neurological gene hotspots. Ingerslev, L.R., […] Barrès, R. (2018) Clinical epigenetics 10(1): 1-11.

Obesity and bariatric surgery drive epigenetic variation of spermatozoa in humans. Donkin, I., […] Barrès, R. (2016) Cell metabolism 23(2): 369-378.

High-fat diet reprograms the epigenome of rat spermatozoa and transgenerationally affects metabolism of the offspring. de Castro Barbosa, T., […] Barrès, R. (2016) Molecular metabolism 5(3): 184-197.

Chronic high-fat diet in fathers programs β-cell dysfunction in female rat offspring. Ng, S.F., Lin, R.C., Laybutt, D.R., Barres, R., Owens, J.A. and Morris, M.J. (2010) Nature 467(7318): 963-966.