Personal website: http://www.harrywhitwell.com/
London Proteomic Discussion Group: www.londonproteomics.co.uk
CRUK Multidisciplinary Grant funded research associate in Proteomic and Computational Mass Spectrometry.
2020-Current - NPC and Systems Medicine, Imperial College London, Research Associate and Group Lead for Proteomics
2017-2020 - Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London, Research Associate
2015-2017 - University College London, Research Associate
2010-2011 - University of York, Bioscience Technology (MSc)
2007-2010 - University of York, Biology, BSc(Hons)
2012-2015 - University of Southampton, PhD
My PhD at the University of Southampton was to used mass spectrometry to understand the interactions between nanoparticles and pulmonary surfactant, a complex mixture of lipids and proteins that lines the alveolar space within the lung and with alveolar epithelial cells.
After completing my PhD, I undertook a post doctoral position with Dr John Timms at University College London, using serum proteomics to identify biomarkers for ovarian cancer. This was utilising serum from the United Kingdom Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer Screening (UKCTOCS), where samples were taking from 400,000 women annually over approximately 10 years. Whilst in this project, I also developed, with Prof. Alexey Zaikin, a parenclitic-network approach for data analysis and disease classification in which graphs are generated for individuals without any prior knowledge of the relationship between analytes (continuous or categorical data). The linkages highlight protein groups that are changing within the data set and graph-topologies may also be applied to disease classification.
In May 2017, I started my second post doc with Dr Peter DiMaggio and Dr Matthew Fuchter, and in close collaboration with Prof. Hugh Brady. This research aims are to investigate, using novel chemical probes, new methylation targets for DOT1L, a methyl-transferase that is miss-appropriated in leukaemia. Inhibitors for DOT1L are currently in clinical trials as a therapy for mixed-lineage leukemia and further understanding of the biology behind DOT1L is of high importance. The research is CRUK funded.
I am currently in a position at the National Phenome Centre and the Division of Systems Medicine integrating proteomics workflows and technologies into the existing facilities while exploring my own research interests, focusing on the impact of MTAP-deletion on global methylation signalling.
et al., 2021, Non-Histone Protein Methylation: Biological Significance and Bioengineering Potential., Acs Chem Biol
et al., 2020, Generation of novel trimeric fragments of human SP-A and SP-D after recombinant soluble expression in E. coli, Immunobiology, Vol:225, ISSN:0171-2985
et al., 2020, The human body as a super network: digital methods to analyze the propagation of aging, Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, Vol:12, ISSN:1663-4365
Whitwell H, DiMaggio P, 2020, HighLight-PTM: An online application to aid matching peptide pairs with isotopically labelled PTMs, Bioinformatics, Vol:36, ISSN:1367-4803, Pages:938-939
et al., 2020, Improved early detection of ovarian cancer using longitudinal multimarker models, British Journal of Cancer, ISSN:0007-0920