Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Bioengineering

Diabetes UK Harry Keen Research Fellow







Commonwealth BuildingHammersmith Campus





Victoria is a senior clinical research fellow in the Section of Investigative Medicine. In 2016, after completing specialist training in Diabetes, Endocrinology and General Internal Medicine, she took up a prestigious Diabetes UK Harry Keen Clinician Scientist Fellowship.  Her research interests are in appetite control, neuroendocrinology and the gut brain axis as applied to the treatment of obesity.

Victoria graduated from the Royal Free and University College London School of Medicine in 2002, with a first class intercalated BSc in Medical Physics.  In 2006 she moved to Imperial as an Academic Clinical Fellow and in 2008 was awarded an MRC clinical research training fellowship under the mentorship of Professor Sir Steve Bloom. During her PhD she studied the physiological effects of combination gut hormone administration on food reward processing (fMRI), glucose metabolism and energy expenditure in humans.  As an NIHR Clinical Lecturer she developed novel imaging techniques to investigate brown adipose tissue physiology.  With her current fellowship she is working on rodent vagal deafferentation models to investigate the peripheral pathways of action of gut hormones.  In collaboration with Professor Guy Rutter she is also developing a longitudinal functional imaging platform for pancreatic islets transplanted into the anterior chamber of the eye.

Victoria contributes as a lecturer and tutor on the MB BS Endocrinology module and is a regular project supervisor for Endocrinology BSc students.  She completed her Masters in Education in University Learning and Teaching (Medicine) with Distinction in 2016, with a particular interest in the role of Generalists as medical educators.

Victoria is Director of Development and Opportunities for the Department of Medicine and its Athena Lead.  Before that she was the Faculty of Medicine Athena SWAN Coordinator from 2013 to 2016, and is extremely committed to working towards a better working culture at Imperial.  Her hobbies used to be reading and astronomy.....she now has three young children.   



Carrat GR, Haythorne E, Tomas A, et al., 2020, The type 2 diabetes gene product STARD10 is a phosphoinositide-binding protein that controls insulin secretory granule biogenesis, Molecular Metabolism, Vol:40, ISSN:2212-8778

Rutter GA, Ninov N, Salem V, et al., 2020, Comment on Satin et al. "Take Me To Your Leader": An Electrophysiological Appraisal of the Role of Hub Cells in Pancreatic Islets. Diabetes 2020;69:830-836, Diabetes, Vol:69, ISSN:0012-1797, Pages:E10-E11

Hopkins M, Andrews R, Salem V, et al., 2020, Improving understanding of type 2 diabetes remission: research recommendations from Diabetes UK's 2019 remission workshop, Diabetic Medicine, Vol:37, ISSN:0742-3071, Pages:1944-1950


Akalestou E, Suba K, Lopez-Noriega L, et al., 2020, Metabolic surgery recovers Ca(2+)dynamics across pancreatic islets in obese mice, 56th Annual Meeting of the European-Association-for-the-Study-of-Diabetes (EASD), SPRINGER, Pages:S114-S114, ISSN:0012-186X

Akalestou E, Suba K, Noriega LL, et al., 2020, Bariatric Surgery Improves Ca2+Dynamics across Pancreatic Islets In Vivo, 80th Scientific Sessions of the American-Diabetes-Association (ADA), AMER DIABETES ASSOC, ISSN:0012-1797

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