Imperial College London

Dr Elizabeth Want

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction

Senior Lecturer



+44 (0)20 7594 3023e.want




E315CBurlington DanesHammersmith Campus





I am the Waters Senior Lecturer in Molecular Spectroscopy in the Department of Surgery and Cancer. I joined Imperial College in 2006 after working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA. At Imperial College, I was initially a postdoctoral researcher for the Consortium for Metabonomic Toxicology (COMET) group.

Research Interests

My research focuses primarily on the development and application of novel mass spectrometry (MS) based techniques for metabolic phenotyping and on the fusion of mass spectrometric methods with chemometric analysis, which is currently a significant bottleneck in the analysis pipeline. Broadly, my research at Imperial College has involved the development, optimisation and application of UPLC-MS methodologies for the analysis of biological samples, largely in the context of metabolic phenotyping: serum, urine, tissue, amniotic fluid, and microdialysates. These developmental advances have resulted in shorter analysis times – and therefore higher sample throughput – key for large scale metabolic phenotyping studies. Peak detection and analytical reproducibility have been enhanced, improving metabolome coverage and the potential for biomarker identification and quantification.

I am applying these methods to biomedical research areas including toxicology, cardiovascular disease, neonatal disease and development, maternal exposures and effects on early childhood, and neurological diseases.



Sigurdsson HP, Hunter H, Alcock L, et al., 2023, Safety and tolerability of adjunct non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation in people with parkinson's: a study protocol, Bmc Neurology, Vol:23, ISSN:1471-2377, Pages:1-11

Nagy I, Friston D, Cuddihy J, et al., 2023, Elevated 18:0 lysophosphatidylcholine contributes to the development of pain in tissue injury, Pain, Vol:164, ISSN:0304-3959, Pages:e103-e115

Sagi-Kiss V, Li Y, Carey MR, et al., 2022, Ion-pairing chromatography and amine derivatization provide complementary approaches for the targeted LC-MS analysis of the polar metabolome., Journal of Proteome Research, Vol:21, ISSN:1535-3893, Pages:1428-1437


Pires ML, Ferreira P, Shala F, et al., 2022, Using Renal-Specific Cyclo-Oxygenase-2-Deficient Mice to Understand the Pro-Thrombotic Effects of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs, Scientific Sessions of the American-Heart-Association / Resuscitation Science Symposium, LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS, ISSN:0009-7322

Symington J, Perryman R, Morse S, et al., 2022, ADI-PEG20 RESTORES IMMUNITY IN THE TUMOR MICROENVIRONMENT AND ERADICATES GBM TUMORS IN MICE WHEN COMBINED WITH RADIATION, 27th Annual Scientific Meeting and Education Day of the Society-for-Neuro-Oncology (SNO), OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC, Pages:278-278, ISSN:1522-8517

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