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Dr Brendan Norman BSc(Hons) MSc PhD

Fellow Musculoskeletal & Ageing Science


Personal Statement

My first degree was Psychology BSc(Hons), which I studied at the University of York. After one year at University College London, where I obtained my MSc in Clinical Neuroscience, I moved to the University of Liverpool in late 2015 to undertake a PhD working with Professors Jim Gallagher and Lakshminarayan Ranganath on the inherited disorder of metabolism alkaptonuria. In my PhD I gained expertise in metabolomic techniques and established new liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (LC/MS) workflows for metabolite analysis which continue to be invaluable to academic and clinical research groups both within and outside of the University of Liverpool. Since obtaining my PhD in 2020, I have branched out to research other areas of translational metabolism including metabolite biomarker discovery endeavours in end-stage lung cancer and metastatic prostate cancer. In 2022 I was awarded a four-year Fellowship by the Alkaptonuria Society to lead my own research into new treatment approaches for disorders of neutral amino acid metabolism.

I currently co-supervise four PhD students researching in the area of metabolism, two within the Institute of Life Course & Medical Sciences and another at the Institute of Systems, Molecular and Integrative Biology.