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Lipidomics - a tool for defining cellular functions of lipids and for determining novel therapeutic targets

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The field of lipidomics is still emerging in comparison to genomics and proteomics. However, how the lipidome changes throughout the lifetime of a cell offers vital clues to the cell’s function. Professor Michael Wakelam, the director of the Babraham institute, is one of the leaders in the field of lipidomics and the techniques associated with the characterisation of the lipidome. His own work focuses on the role of lipids in ageing.

Biography:

Michael Wakelam received a BSc in Medical Biochemistry in 1977 and a PhD in Biochemistry in 1980 from the University of Birmingham. Following post-doctoral work at the University of Konstanz, Germany and Imperial College London he was appointed to a Lectureship in the Biochemistry Department, Glasgow University in 1985. He became Professor of Molecular Pharmacology at the Institute for Cancer Studies, University of Birmingham in 1993. In 2007 he became the Director of the Babraham Institute in Cambridge, he is an Honorary Professor at Cambridge and Birmingham Universities and a visiting Professor at Kings College London. He is also a Bye-Fellow at Downing College.

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