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The Phenome Centre Birmingham Team

 Leadership Team


Professor Mark Viant

  • Executive Director, Phenome Centre Birmingham
  • Professor of Metabolomics

Professor Mark Viant’s expertise lies in the field of metabolomics. His research spans from method development in analytical chemistry and bioinformatics through to the application of metabolomics to medical research and toxicology.

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Professor Warwick Dunn

  • Director of Mass Spectrometry, Phenome Centre Birmingham
  • Professor of Analytical and Clinical Metabolomics
  • Director of Birmingham Metabolomics Training Centre

Professor Warwick (Rick) Dunn’s research focuses on developing innovative chromatography, mass spectrometry and computational resources and their application in the study of the complex role of metabolites in human ageing and diseases.

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Dr Christian Ludwig

  • Director of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Phenome Centre Birmingham
  • Lecturer in Metabolic Biophysics

Dr Christian Ludwig's research is focused on the development of novel experimental and analytical approaches to map metabolic pathway activities without necessarily assuming a particular metabolism model for a given cell type, with a strong focus on studying metabolism of ex-vivo perfused kidneys.

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Dr Ralf Weber

  • Director of Bioinformatics, Phenome Centre Birmingham

Dr Ralf Weber is a bioinformatician who specialises in developing and applying data processing, biostatistics and data mining tools to derive clear biochemical interpretations of clinical and environmental metabolomics data.

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Dr Cate Winder

  • Operations Manager

Dr Catherine (Cate) Winder leads the operations, manages the set-up (ethics and contracts), planning, scheduling and completion of projects, and overseas the management of resources and fininces within the centre. Cate started working in the metabolomics field in 2001, and previously worked as a research scientist applying metabolomics to study mircobial systems.


Mr David Epps

  • Project Manager

David Epps is a Project Manager working alongside the team providing day-to-day administrative support. David deals with logistics, information, marketing, booking support and billing.


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Dr Lukáš Najdekr

  • Research Fellow in Untargeted Metabolomics

Dr Lukáš Najdekr obtained an MSc in Biochemistry in 2011 at Palacký University in Olomouc (Czech Republic) under the supervision of Professor Marek Šebela. His PhD at the Institute of Translational Medicine, Faculty of Medical and Dentistry, Palacký University and University Hospital Olomouc was focused on untargeted metabolomics for the study of the inherited metabolic diseases and changes in metabolism, supervised by Professor Tomáš Adam. In 2017 Lukáš was awarded a PhD in Medical Genetics. In October 2017, he joined the PCB team where he utilises liquid chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry for untargeted metabolomics studies.


Dr Donna O’Neill

  • Research Associate in Targeted Metabolomics

Dr O’Neill was awarded a BSc in Biochemistry in 1999 and started working at the University of Birmingham in 2000. In2003, she joined the Institute for Cancer Studies working alongside Dr Ashley Martin and Professor Philip Johnson where she was awarded a PhD using proteomic techniques to identify biomarkers for the detection of colorectal cancer. In 2008 Donna moved to the Centre for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism (CEDAM) in Birmingham where she was involved in the European Network for the Study of Adrenal Tumours (ENSAT), specifically using GC/MS and LC-MS/MS techniques to analyse steroid hormones and their precursors in serum and urine. Donna joined the Phenome Centre Birmingham team in January 2016 to develop and apply targeted assays in metabolomics.


Dr Andy Southam

  • Research Fellow in Metabolomics & Lipidomics

Dr Andy Southam gained his PhD in 2009 with Professor Mark Viant at University of Birmingham. His PhD project involved the development of the direct infusion mass spectrometry spectral-stitching metabolomics method, and the subsequent application of this method to greater understand liver cancer metabolism. Following his PhD, he remained at Birmingham as a postdoctoral research fellow working with Professor Chris Bunce, Professor Mark Drayson and Dr Farhat Khanim. Here he utilised mass spectrometry metabolomics and lipidomics to elucidate the mechanism-of-action of redeployed anticancer drugs. In August 2017 he joined the Phenome Centre Birmingham team where he utilises liquid-chromatography mass spectrometry metabolomics and lipidomics approaches to greater understand the metabolism of human diseases, specialising in cancer.

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Dr Andris Janceviks

  • Research Fellow in Bioinformatics

Dr Andris Jankevics gained his PhD in 2013 with Professor Rainer Breitling at University of Groningen. His PhD project involved developing and improving LC-MS data processing algorithms for metabolomics data. Following his PhD, he continued to develop and improve LC-MS data processing algorithms in the groups of Prof Rainer Breitling (University of Manchester) and Professor Andrew Dowsey (University of Liverpool and University of Bristol). In October 2017 he joined the team as a bioinformatician  to increase the data processing capacity of Phenome Centre Birmingham, and apply robust and reproducible quality control and quality assurance workflows.


Dr Gavin Lloyd

  • Research Fellow in Biostatistics

Dr Gavin Lloyd gained his PhD in 2009 with Professor Richard Brereton at the University of Bristol. His PhD project involved the development of chemometrics and pattern recognition techniques for multivariate datasets. Following his PhD, he joined the Biophotonics Research Unit, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital as a postdoctoral research fellow working with Professor Nick Stone, Professor Hugh Barr and Dr Catherine Kendall. Here he developed chemometric routines to process Raman and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR) spectra of human samples for cancer diagnostics. In September 2017 he joined the Phenome Centre Birmingham team where he develops and applies both univariate and multivariate data analysis workflows to metabolomics datasets.