Committee

Hector Keun (Imperial College London, LMN Chair, email h.keun@imperial.ac.uk)

Hector is a biochemist with an interest in applying metabolomics and integrative bioinformatics to tackle problems in oncology and toxicology.  He joined Imperial in 2001 after completing a DPhil in structural biology and now leads the Cancer Metabolism & Systems Toxicology group based in the Division of Cancer.   His current work includes the development of metabolic therapies for cancer treatment, exploring metabolic regulation in tumour cells by microRNAs and the identification of prognostic and predictive biomarkers.

Find out more at https://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/h.keun

Volker Behrends (University of Roehampton, LMN Secretary)

Volker is a biologist working at the interface of microbiology and analytical chemistry with interest in bacterial metabolism, evolution and infection. Using metabolomics technique coupled, he aims to understand the role of bacterial metabolism in health and disease and how the metabolism is influenced by the cell’s surroundings.

Florence Raynaud (The Institute of Cancer Research, LMN Treasurer)

Florence Raynaud is a pharmacologist involved in preclinical and clinical development of novel anticancer agents. She is responsible for the drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics activities in the Cancer Therapeutic Unit at the Institute of Cancer Research and in Phase I clinical studies at the Royal Marsden Hospital. Her team is particularly interested in identifying and measuring metabolite biomarkers by LCMS to support drug development in oncology.

Tim Ebbels (Imperial College London)

Tim is a lapsed astrophysicist who now spends his time delving into the mysteries of big biomedical data. His particular interests lie in how statistical and machine learning techniques can improve information recovery in omics. He works primarily with metabolomics, from raw data processing through multivariate modelling, to data integration, pathway and network analysis.

Anisha Wijeyesekera (University of Reading)

Anisha completed a PhD in NMR-based metabolic phenotyping at Imperial College London. She joined the University of Reading in 2016 as a lecturer in the Food Microbial Sciences Unit, where her research is focussed on the application of analytical technologies for functional assessment of the microbiome, and furthering understanding of host-gut interactions.

Christina Legido-Quigley (King’s College London/Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen, DK)

Cristina Legido-Quigley is a PI in Systems Medicine at Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen and in King’s College London. She fell in love with analytical chemistry after working in SmithKline Beecham in the 90s. In 2004 she received a PhD in nanoLC-MS at Imperial College London and moved towards applying LC-MS in metabolomics in 2006. Her current work focuses on brain- liver diseases & she has several projects in the clinic, such as the stratification of patients with diabetes and clinical trials in dementia.

Toby Athersuch (Imperial College, LMN Website)

Toby is a Lecturer in Environmental Toxicology & Biomarkers at Imperial. His main reserach interests lie in the application of NMR and MS-based metabolic phenotyping in large-scale exposome projects to help understand the links between environmental exposures and human health outcomes.

Ana Rodriguez Mateos (King’s College)

Ana is a Senior Lecturer in Nutrition at the Department of Nutritional Sciences of King’s College London. Her research aims to investigate the health benefits of plant foods and phytochemicals, with a strong focus on understanding the bioavailability, metabolism and cardiovascular health benefits of dietary polyphenols.