Cell Biology and Immunology
Our research into cell biology and immunology investigates health and disease such as human brain disorders and the neural effects of Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS, formerly ‘legal highs’), whilst our molecular and cell biologists focus on the molecular mechanisms of chemotherapy resistance, inflammation, cancer and autoimmune diseases. Our work is transdisciplinary in scope spanning neuroscience, immunology and psychology.
Physiology, nutrition and metabolism
Our research in the fields of physiology, nutrition, and metabolism focuses on the environmental factors that influence brain and limb haemodynamics, the physiological mechanisms of physical performance, muscle metabolism and insulin resistance, pancreatic beta-islets and their role in diabetes and the role of adipose tissue in glucose metabolism. We also explore the role of both good and bad microbes, including gut microbiota, in the regulation of metabolism, neurogenesis, infection and immunity, and the role of appetite regulation in the prevalence of overweight/obesity in adults with lower limb amputations. Our research is interdisciplinary within the themes of behavioural-physiology and energy expenditure in humans and other animal species.
Volker Behrends (third from the right in the picture on the left) is the committee secretary of the London Metabolomics Network (LMN), a specialist academia-industry network that was set up to promote informal sharing of ideas, tools and resources.
Biomechanics and human morphology
Our research probes the mechanisms controlling gait and movement and novel approaches to limiting the damage of a sedentary lifestyle. We also focus on ways to maintain healthy living for the whole body over time and in different environmental conditions, including injury and rehabilitation, age-based biomechanics, movement patterns in clinical populations, as well as the impact of variation in skeletal morphology (particularly the birth canal). Our interdisciplinary research provides a unique perspective on the role of the environment in healthy living.