Imperial College London

Dr. Rebekah E. T. Moore

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Research Associate



+44 (0)20 7594 7140r.moore13




Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





My main research area is the metabolism of essential and toxic metals in biology. Specifically, I am interested in exploring the potential of high precision mass spectrometry techniques, alongside more traditional biomedical and biochemical methods, to understand human diseases (such as cancers and nutrient deficiencies) and the origin, uptake, storage and translocation of heavy metals in food crops.

I am currently part of international collaborative projects investigating:

(i) the uptake of cadmium in cacao, and

(ii) the role of zinc and copper in breast cancer development. 

For more information, please see my Research Gate account and Q&A on a recent publication.


  • Post Doctorate Research Associate (Co-PI) - Imperial College London. Jan 2020 - July 2021 (inc) (Funded by GCRF England and Research Council of Norway)
  • ICP-MS analyst - London Metallomics Facility, King's College London. April 2021 - July 2021 (inc)
  • Honorary Research Associate - Imperial College London. September 2019 - August 2020
  • Post Doctorate Research Associate in the MAGIC group at ESE - Imperial College London - July 2017-August 2019
  • Analytical Chemist/Geochemist (interim) at Imaging and Analysis Centre, Natural History Museum - July 2018 - October 2018
  • PhD student in the MAGIC group at ESE - Imperial College London. October 2013- October 2017 (Janet Watson Scholarship)
  • Visiting researcher at Department of Earth Sciences, Oxford University. 2013-2014 and October 2019
  • MSci. Geoscience - Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University. 2009-2013 


  • Training of PhD students and postdocs in (bio)geochemistry fundamentals, clean laboratory techniques and MC-ICP-MS. 2016 - present
  • Undergraduate academic tutorials: Understanding isotope signatures and mixing lines (year 2) - 2020
  • Teaching Assistant for ESE undergraduate modules (Solid Earth Geochemistry and Climate). 2013-2017
  • Workshops for Global Summer School, Imperial College London. 2015-2017
  • UNIQ summer school - laboratory practical and tutorial. 2014

Science Communication:


  • Goldschmidt, Virtual conference. Session convener and speaker. Talk title: Insights into the mechanisms of cadmium accumulation by Theobroma cacao using stable isotope analysis. 2021
  • Goldschmidt, Virtual conference. Talk title: Understanding Cd dynamics in cacao plants using isotope analysis. 2020
  • GET, Université ToulouseInvited speaker. Talk title: Understanding Cd uptake by cacao plants using isotope analysis. 2020
  • 35th International SEGH conference - Manchester Metropolitan University. Talk title: Understanding Cd uptake by cacao plants using isotope analysis. 2019
  • 14th Zinc Network Meeting - Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. Poster prize for: The potential of coupled Zn concentration and stable isotope analyses of blood serum and urine for assessing Zn status. 2019.
  • The 19th Biennial National Atomic Spectroscopy Symposium -  St. Mary's University, London. 2018
  • European Conference on Nanofilms - Cranfield University - special session talk title: Zinc isotopes as a possible biomarker for breast cancer. 2018
  • Launch of Cancer Research Center of Excellence - Imperial College London. 2017
  • 32nd International SEGH conference - Brussels. Poster title: High precision zinc stable isotope analysis of biological reference materials. 2016
  • 11th Annual Zinc Meeting - Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. 2015
  • Geochemistry Group Research in Progress Meeting -NOC, Southampton. Talk title: Understand human diseases using trace metal stable isotope analysis. 2015
  • Parkinson's UK Research Conference - York. 2014
  • Imperial Graduate School Technical Presentation Fishbowl course 2014. Talk title: Metal isotopes and human diseases.
  • Oxford Geology Group Colloquium, Young Geoscientist Competition 2014. Talk title: The role of metal isotopes in human diseases.
  • Geochemistry Group Annual Research in Progress Meeting - Milton Keynes. Poster title: Understand human diseases using trace metal stable isotope analysis. 2014



Sullivan KV, Moore RET, Capper MS, et al., 2021, Zinc stable isotope analysis reveals Zn dyshomeostasis in benign tumours, breast cancer, and adjacent histologically normal tissue, Matallomics, Vol:13, ISSN:1756-591X, Pages:1-12

Schilling K, Moore RET, Sullivan KV, et al., 2021, Zinc stable isotopes in urine as diagnostic for cancer of secretory organs, Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science, Vol:13, ISSN:1756-5901, Pages:1-10

Sullivan K, Moore RET, Rehkämper M, et al., 2020, Postprandial zinc stable isotope response in human blood serum, Metallomics, ISSN:1756-5901

Moore R, Ullah I, de Oliveira VH, et al., 2020, Cadmium isotope fractionation reveals genetic variation in Cd uptake and translocation by Theobroma cacao and role of natural resistance-associated macrophage protein 5 and heavy metal ATPase-family transporters, Horticulture Research, Vol:7, ISSN:2052-7276

Barraza F, Moore R, Rehkamper M, et al., 2019, Cadmium isotope fractionation in soil-cacao systems of Ecuador: a pilot field study, Rsc Advances: an International Journal to Further the Chemical Sciences, Vol:9, ISSN:2046-2069, Pages:34011-34022

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