Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

Research Associate







Commonwealth BuildingHammersmith Campus





Ilaria is currently a research associate at the Surgery and Cancer Department, in the Volatile Biomarker Research group led by Professor George Hanna. Her main interest is the analysis of volatile organic compounds in human breath as non-invasive diagnostic technique for early detection of different types of cancers and neurological disorders. 

As an analytical chemist, she has more than ten years of experience with mass spectrometry coupled with chromatography (GC-MS, GCxGC-TOF, LC-MS, LC-MS/MS) as well as real-time mass spectrometry techniques (PTR-MS and SIFT-MS). She has been involved in numerous research projects (including clinical, animal and in vitro studies), applying her analytical chemistry experience in different fields, such as endocrinology, neuroscience and oncology.

At Imperial College since September 2017, she is postdoc representative for the Surgery and Cancer Department and part of the Culture and Engagement committee. In addition, she is part of the scientific committee of the MSACL international conference of clinical mass spectrometry, as topic leader of the breath research session.

Ilaria graduated at the Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, Italy. She carried out her PhD project working between Italy (CRBA, Centre of Applied Biomedical Research, Bologna) and France (Neurocentre Magendie INSERM, Bordeaux), as part of the European PhD program Doctor Europaeus.



Woodfield G, Belluomo I, Laponogov I, et al., 2022, Diagnostic performance of a non-invasive breath test for colorectal cancer: COBRA1 study, Gastroenterology, ISSN:0016-5085

Kearney-Ramos T, Herrmann ES, Belluomo I, et al., 2022, The Relationship Between Circulating Endogenous Cannabinoids and the Effects of Smoked Cannabis, Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, ISSN:2578-5125

Savva K-V, Hage L, Belluomo I, et al., 2021, Assessment of the Burden of Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) in Patients After Oesophagogastric (OG) Cancer Resection, Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Vol:26, ISSN:1091-255X, Pages:924-926

Kamal F, Kumar S, Edwards MR, et al., 2021, Virus-induced volatile organic compounds are detectable in exhaled breath during pulmonary infection., American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Vol:204, ISSN:1073-449X, Pages:1075-1085

Drabinska N, Flynn C, Ratcliffe N, et al., 2021, A literature survey of all volatiles from healthy human breath and bodily fluids: the human volatilome, Journal of Breath Research, Vol:15, ISSN:1752-7155

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