I am Associate Professor in Integrative Metabolism at the University of Reading, which I joined in 2010. My research focuses on the host-gut microbial metabolic interactions in order to link gut microbial ecology to metabolic health.
This is achieved using a combination of molecular tools to screen the microbiome (i.e. the gut microbial genome) and the metabolome (i.e. all detectable metabolites in a sample). Modern microbial sequencing technologies are applied to assess variations in the microbiome in combination with metabolic profiling (metabonomics) together with other molecular biological tools to measure modulations of the metabolism. I have 10 years of experience using NMR-based metabolic profiling and was trained during my PhD in Prof Jeremy K Nicholson’s lab at Imperial College London, the world leader in metabonomics technologies.
My research interests can be classified around 2 main axes:
1- Exploration of the impact of gut microbiota on metabolic disorders including type II diabetes and metabolic syndrome
2- Investigation of drug-bug interactions
Honors & Memberships
- 2010 – Visiting lecturer in the Division of Computational and Systems Medicine at Imperial College London
- 2013 – Editorial board, Microbial Ecology in Health & Disease
- 2010 – Contributing member of the American Society for Microbiology
- 2009 – Member of the Royal Society of Biology
- 2009 – Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry
- 2007 – Member of the Society for Microbial Ecology and Disease (SOMED)