Professors appointed to strengthen University’s expertise in metabolomics and systems biology

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Professor Kell and Professor Goodacre

The University’s Institute of Integrative Biology has appointed two professors, Roy Goodacre and Doug Kell.

Professor Roy Goodacre is a leading researcher in the field of metabolomics and Raman spectroscopy. He has helped establish mass spectrometry-based metabolomics for long-term studies and employed metabolomics for clinical and plant studies, as well as for understanding microbial systems. He has developed a variety of different Raman spectroscopy approaches for bioanalysis with a particular focus on metabolite quantification and chemical image analysis. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the journal Metabolomics and helped establish the Metabolomics Society. Professor Goodacre will be joining the University on 1 November.

Professor Doug Kell is a leading researcher who is focused on developing novel methods to assist in the interrogation and understanding of complex biological systems, particularly at the cellular level. A special focus is on membrane transporters, microbial dormancy in purportedly 'non-communicable' diseases, and in the development of novel methods of instrumentation and of machine learning. Professor Kell will be joining the University on 1 December. He will retain a part-time appointment as an Associated Scientific Director at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Centre for Biosustainability, Technical University of Denmark.

Professor Louise Kenny, Executive Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at the University of Liverpool, said: “Both Professors Goodacre and Kell are world leading scientists in their respective fields and we are delighted to be welcoming them to Liverpool.

“Their wealth of experience will assist us in our ambitions to increase our expertise in the area of Metabolomics and associated disciplines of Systems and Synthetic Biology, building on our existing strengths to create an even more coherent approach in these areas.”