Associate/Affiliate Principal Investigators

Institute of Metabolism and System Research Principal Investigators

Dr Leigh Breen

Dr Leigh Breen

Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology and Metabolism

Dr Breen's expertise centres on understanding the regulation of muscle metabolism in health and disease. Dr Breen has a particular interest in how exercise and nutritional interventions can modify metabolic processes to enhance musculoskeletal remodelling, leading to improved health and performance outcomes.

Dr Justin Chu

Dr Justin Chu

Honorary Clinical Lecturer

Dr. Justin Chu is Honorary Clinical Lecturer in obstetrics and gynaecology. He completed his PhD by medical research at the Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research at the University of Birmingham. 

Justin is based at the Birmingham Women’s Hospital.  His research interests lie in embryo implantation in assisted reproductive treatments, miscarriage and reproductive ...

Dr Sarah J Conner

Dr Sarah J Conner

Senior Lecturer in Reproductive Biology

Sarah Conner is a Senior Lecturer in Reproductive Biology and an Honorary Research Scientist at the Birmingham Women’s Fertility Centre.

In addition to her research interests, Sarah is an enthusiastic contributor to and coordinator of Reproduction teaching across a number of undergraduate programmes in the University.

Professor Helen J. Cooper

Professor Helen J. Cooper

Professor of Mass Spectrometry
Deputy Head of School
EPSRC Established Career Fellow

Helen is Professor of Mass Spectrometry and EPSRC Established Career Fellow. Her research focuses on the development and application of advanced mass spectrometry for the analysis of biomolecules, particularly peptides and proteins. Current areas of research include liquid extraction surface analysis of biological substrates such as dried blood spots, thin tissue sections and bacterial colonies; ...

Dr Vivek Dhir

Dr Vivek Dhir

Senior Lecturer in Molecular Endocrinology
MPharm Admissions Tutor - Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Vivek Dhir is a Senior Lecturer in Molecular Endocrinology and has published a number of high impact research papers in scientific journals as well as reviews in the fields of endocrinology, metabolism and genetics. He has received major grants from the Welcome trust and The MRC.

Vivek is keen to talk about his science and gives frequent seminars to various groups at the local, national and ...

Professor Warwick Dunn

Professor Warwick Dunn

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

Warwick (Rick) is a Senior Lecturer in Metabolomics, Director of Mass Spectrometry in the Phenome Centre-Birmingham, Director of the Birmingham Metabolomics Training Centre, and theme leader in the MRC Arthritis Research UK Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing. His research focuses on the development of new analytical chemistry and computational tools for studying metabolism at the holistic and ...

Professor Neil Gittoes

Professor Neil Gittoes

Consultant and Honorary Professor of Endocrinology

Professor Neil Gittoes has led the development of The Centre for Endocrinology Diabetes and Metabolism(CEDAM) through close partnership working between the University of Birmingham and a clinical services consortium across major teaching Trusts in Birmingham. Through closer integration and understanding, CEDAM has facilitated translational research in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism and ...

Dr Rowan Hardy

Dr Rowan Hardy

Versus Arthritis Career Development Fellow

I am a Versus Arthritis Fellow with extensive experience in steroid metabolism and in vivo models of chronic inflammation. Patients with chronic inflammatory diseases develop systemic complications such as muscle wasting and bone loss, which contribute to disability and reduced life expectancy. My research group is examining the roles of myeloid and mesenchymal steroid metabolism and signalling ...

Dr Shan He

Dr Shan He

Senior Lecturer of Computer Science

Dr Shan He is a Senior Lecturer in Computational Biology in the School of Computer Science, at the University of Birmingham. For more information, please see Shan's homepage.

 

Dr Yu-Chiang Lai

Dr Yu-Chiang Lai

Birmingham Fellow in Molecular Physiology and Biochemistry
Director of Mitochondrial Profiling Centre

Yu-Chiang is a Birmingham Fellow in the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences and affiliated in the Mitochondrial Profiling Centre (MPC), MRC-ARUK Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research and the Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research (IMSR).   

Yu-Chiang’s group focuses on deciphering the signalling networks that regulate muscle metabolic functions. We ...

Dr Konstantinos Manolopoulos

Dr Konstantinos Manolopoulos

Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer

Konstantinos is exploring the hormonal determinants of adipose tissue function in vivo, and the factors leading to adipocyte dysfunction in obesity.

Professor Claudio Mauro

Professor Claudio Mauro

Professorial Research Fellow in Metabolism and Inflammation

Professor Mauro trained as biochemist and cellular biologist before starting to approach immunological questions with his own group, motivated by the recent ‘renaissance’ in the interest in metabolism in widespread fields of the basic and clinical science.

The Mauro’s group investigates the interconnections between metabolic and inflammatory pathways and how systemic and local ...

Dr Krish Nirantharakumar

Dr Krish Nirantharakumar

UKRI Innovation Clinical Fellow
Honorary Consultant in Public Health Medicine

Krish is a senior clinical academic with substantial experience in health informatics research. He is the theme lead for health informatics at the Institute of Applied Health Research, University of Birmingham. He has particular interests in developing novel digital tools that enable effective/efficient healthcare systems and expedite health care research. He co-innovated the Automated Clinical ...

Professor Peter Tino

Professor Peter Tino

Professor of Complex and Adaptive Systems

Peter Tiňo is a Professor of Complex and Adaptive Systems at the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of over 160 research articles in the areas of dynamical systems, machine learning, natural computation and fractal geometry. Peter has been awarded three outstanding Journal Paper of the Year awards and the Head of School's Excellence in Teaching Award.

Professor Mark Viant

Professor Mark Viant

Professor of Metabolomics
Director of Phenome Centre Birmingham
Past President of the International Metabolomics Society

60 second video iconProfessor 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 environmental toxicology.

Dr Gareth Wallis

Dr Gareth Wallis

Senior Lecturer in Exercise Metabolism and Nutrition

Dr Wallis is an Exercise Scientist with major interests in Nutrition and Metabolism. He studies dietary influences on exercise metabolism, with a particular focus on macronutrients and their roles in performance, training adaptation and health.

Dr Ralf Weber

Dr Ralf Weber

Director of Bioinformatics, Phenome Centre Birmingham (PCB)

Ralf Weber is the Director of Bioinformatics for the Phenome Centre Birmingham. His research team’s interests include the development and application of data processing, biostatistics and data mining tools to facilitate biochemical annotation and interpretation of clinical and toxicological metabolomics data.

Dr Martin Whitham

Dr Martin Whitham

Senior Lecturer in Exercise Metabolism

Dr Martin Whitham is an integrative physiologist primarily interested in endocrinology and tissue cross-talk in the context of exercise. Since physical activity represents a broad and effective preventative treatment for a host of non-communicable diseases, the main focus of his work is to examine the role small vesicles, exosomes and proteins play in inter-tissue signaling during exercise in ...