Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Bioengineering

Diabetes UK Harry Keen Research Fellow







Commonwealth BuildingHammersmith Campus





Victoria is a fellow in the Department of Bioengineering and an Honorary Consultant in Diabetes, Endocrinology and General Internal Medicine.  Her research interests are in islet biology, advanced optical imaging platforms, appetite control, neuroendocrinology and the gut brain axis as applied to the treatment of obesity and Type 2 Diabetes.

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.  In 2016 , she took up a prestigious Diabetes UK Harry Keen Clinician Scientist Fellowship with which she has worked on rodent vagal deafferentation models to investigate the peripheral pathways of action of gut hormones and cutting edge longitudinal functional imaging platforms for pancreatic islets.  

Victoria contributes as Module Lead, Lecturer, Project Supervisor and Tutor on the MB BS course (Endocrinology), Endocrinology BSc, Clinical MRes, Diabetes and Obesity and Functional 'omics MSc and Molecular Bioengineering courses.  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 has led at Faculty and Departmental level for Athena SWAN and has twice won a Julia Higgins award for supporting women in Academia.  



de Jesus DS, Mak TCS, Wang Y-F, et al., 2021, Dysregulation of the Pdx1/Ovol2/Zeb2 axis in dedifferentiated β-cells triggers the induction of genes associated with epithelial-mesenchymal transition in diabetes, Molecular Metabolism, Vol:53, ISSN:2212-8778

Akalestou E, Suba K, Lopez-Noriega L, et al., 2021, Author Correction: Intravital imaging of islet Ca2+ dynamics reveals enhanced β cell connectivity after bariatric surgery in mice., Nat Commun, Vol:12

Salem V, McDonagh J, Avis E, et al., 2021, Scientific medical conferences can be easily modified to improve female inclusion: a prospective study., The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, Vol:9, ISSN:2213-8595, Pages:556-559

Akalestou E, Suba K, Lopez-Noriega L, et al., 2021, Intravital imaging of islet Ca2+ dynamics reveals enhanced beta cell connectivity after bariatric surgery in mice, Nature Communications, Vol:12

Salem V, Demetriou L, Behary P, et al., 2021, Weight loss by low calorie diet versus gastric bypass surgery in people with diabetes results in divergent brain activation patterns: an functional MRI study, Diabetes Care, Vol:44, ISSN:0149-5992, Pages:1842-1851

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