Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Immunology and Inflammation

Reader in Immunogenetics



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I established my research group at Imperial College London in 2010. The group received funding from the Medical Research Council, Wellcome Trust and Kidney Research UK. Our main interest in to understand genetic variation that controls macrophage function in complex inflammatory disorders. We use animal models of inflammatory kidney disease, wound healing/fibrosis, metabolic syndrome, bone inflammation and apply systems-genetics approaches to investigate the effect of germline sequence variation on macrophage plasticity. Our recent approaches pointed towards the importance of targeting macrophage energy metabolism in inflammatory and fibrotic disease.

JB Research Team



Our main external collaborators are Dr Enrico Petretto at Duke-NUS, Singapore (; Dr Christian Frezza at the MRC Cancer Unit, University of Cambridge (


2020    Pereira M, Ko JH, Logan J, Protheroe H, Kim KB, Tan ALM, Park KS, Rotival M, Petretto E, Bassett JHD, Williams GR, and Behmoaras J. A trans-eQTL network regulates osteoclast multinucleation and bone mass. Elife. 2020 Jun 19;9:e55549. doi: 10.7554/eLife.55549.

2019    Pereira M, Chen TD, Buang N, Olona A, Ko JH, Prendecki M, Costa ASH, Nikitopoulou E, Tronci L, Pusey CD, Cook HT, McAdoo SP, Frezza C and Behmoaras J. Acute iron deprivation reprograms human macrophage metabolism and reduces inflammation in vivo. Cell Reports. 2019 Jul 9;28(2):498-511.

2019    Bagnati M, Moreno-Moral A, Ko JH, Nicod J, Harmston N, Imprialou M, Game L, Gil J, Petretto E and Behmoaras J. Systems genetics identifies a macrophage cholesterol network associated with physiological wound healing. JCI Insight. 2019 Jan 24;4(2)

2018    Olona A, Terra X, Ko, JH, Grau-BovĂ© C, Pinent M, Ardevol A, Garcia Diaz A, Moreno-Moral A, Edin, M, Bishop-Bailey D, Zeldin DC, Aitman TJ, Petretto E, Blay M and Behmoaras J. Epoxygenase inactivation exacerbates diet and aging-associated metabolic dysfunction resulting from impaired adipogenesis. Mol Metab, 2018 May;11:18-32

2018    Moreno-Moral A, Bagnati B, Koturan S, Ko, JH, Fonseca C, Harmston N, Game L, Martin J, Ong V, Abraham DJ, Denton CP, Behmoaras J, and Petretto E. Changes in macrophage transcriptome associate with systemic sclerosis and mediate GSDMA contribution to disease risk. Ann Rheum Dis, 2018 Apr;77(4):596-601.

2017    Papathanassiu A, Ko JH, Imprialou M, Bagnati M, Srivastava PK, Vu HA, Cucchi D, McAdoo SP, Ananieva EA, Mauro C and Behmoaras J. BCAT1 controls metabolic reprogramming in activated human macrophages and is associated with inflammatory diseases. Nat Commun, 2017 Jul 12;8:16040.



Behmoaras J, 2021, Sphingolipid metabolism during TLR4-mediated macrophage activation, British Journal of Pharmacology, Vol:178, ISSN:0007-1188, Pages:4575-4587

Behmoaras J, 2021, Adipoclast: a multinucleated fat-eating macrophage, Bmc Biology, ISSN:1741-7007

Botto M, Buang N, Tapeng L, et al., 2021, Type I interferons affect the metabolic fitness of CD8+ T cells from patients with systemic lupus erythematosus, Nature Communications, Vol:12, ISSN:2041-1723, Pages:1-15

Behmoaras J, Olona A, Hateley C, et al., 2021, Cardiac glycosides cause cytotoxicity in human macrophages and ameliorate white adipose tissue homeostasis, British Journal of Pharmacology, ISSN:0007-1188, Pages:1-1

Behmoaras J, Gil J, 2021, Similarities and interplay between senescent cells and macrophages, The Journal of Cell Biology, Vol:220, ISSN:0021-9525

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