Imperial College London

Dr. Jia Li

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction

Reader in Biological Chemistry



+44 (0)20 7594




10.N2ACommonwealth BuildingHammersmith Campus




Team members

Postdoctoral Researchers:

Dr. Zhigang Liu - MRC-funded project: Impact of an Enterobacteriaceae-rich microbial community on gut health

Dr. Maria Glymenaki - ERC-funded project: EntroBariatric

Dr. Maria Valdivia - ERC-funded project: EntroBariatric


Aruchuna Mohanaruban - EndoBarrier (Clinical Research Fellow) (2015 - 2018)

Hu Cong - Effects of Anaesthetics on Cancer Metastatic Gene, Protein and Metabolic Profiling (2017 - 2020)

Elisabeth Vonhof - Application of 1H HR MAS NMR spectroscopy in investigating host-microbial interaction (2017 - 2020)

Grace Barker - Nutritional intervention for colorectal cancer (2017 - 2020)

Jutarop Phetcharaburanin - Metabolic and microbial alterations in bariatric surgery (writing up)

Natalie McLymont - Application of metabonomics in ICU patients (passed viva)

Visiting PhD:

Ornuma Haonon - Metabolic profiles of kidney injury in opisthorchiasis hamster during consumption high fat/high fructose diets and MSG intake, Khon Kaen University


01.2018 - 06.2018          MRes supervisor "Investigating the metabolic behaviour of gut bacteria after bariatric surgery" - Student: Man Chun Wong

10.2017 - 03.2018          MRes supervisor "Gut tissue metabolism after bariatric surgery" - Student: Yang Bi

3.2017 - 09.2017            MRes supervisor "The role of gut microbiota in bariatric surgery" - Student: Isabelle Coales

3.2017 - 09.2017            MRes supervisor "Metabolic phenotyping of colonic organoids" - Student: Qiling Chen

3.2017 - 09.2017            MRes supervisor "Metabolic behaviour of the gut bacterial isolated from obese and weight loss surgical patients" - Student: Grace Barker

03.2016 - 09.2016          MRes supervisor “Effects of acute and chronic monosodium glutamate intakes as a food additive on urinary metabolic changes” - Student: Hasina Abdul

03.2016 - 09.2016           MRes supervisor “Metabolic profiling of lung cancer cell lines” - Student: Chiao Chin Gan

10.2015 - 03.2016            MRes supervisor “Metabolic Profiling of Children with Crohn’s Disease and their Responses to Enteral Nutrition Therapy” - Student: Victoria Auyeung

10.2015 - 03.2016            MRes supervisor “Investigation of Metabolic Phenotypes of Zebrafish Related to Genotypes and Environment” - Student: Yousun Kim

10.2015 - 03.2016            MRes supervisor “Investigating the impact of bariatric surgery-induced microbiota on Caenorhabditis elegans lifespan and lipidome” - Student: Gintare (Amber) Vaitkute 

10.2015 - 08.2016            MRes supervisor “Investigating the Effect of a High Protein Diet in Mice Using Metabolic Profiling” - Student: Anqi Zhang (an abstract submitted to a conference)

03.2015 - 09.2015            MRes supervisor “Metabolic Behaviour of Gut Bacteria under Various Environmental Conditions” - Student: Jessica Lin 

03.2015 - 09.2015            MRes supervisor “A 1H NMR- and UPLC-MS-Based Metabolomic Investigation of Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery-Induced Metabolic Changes of the Intestine, Spleen and Pancreas Extracts of Non-Diabetic Rats” - Student: Zhanxuan (Emily) Wu

10.2014 - 03.2015            MRes primary supervisor for a project entitled “Human Faecal Sample Collection Method Development” - Student: Jasmina Gratton (published article)

10.2014 - 03.2015            MRes primary supervisor for a project entitled “Metabolic phenotyping of IBD patients” - Student: Miriam Eustace

10.2013-03.2014             MRes primary supervisor for a project entitled “Anti-malarial effect of Albertisia delagoensis” - Student: Sarah Amis

03.2012-09.2012             MRes primary supervisor for a project entitled “Metabolic effects of antibiotics in mice” - Student: Bing Xia

10.2011-03.2012             MRes primary supervisor for a project entitled “Quality control of a traditional Chinese medicine” - Student: Durr-e-Shahwar Malik

03.2011-09.2011              MRes primary supervisor for a project entitled “The biochemical component analysis of medicinal plant extracts” - Student: Danielle Monteil

10.2010-03.2011             MRes co-supervisor for a project entitled “The impact of inhalational anaesthetics on the neurochemical profile in an in vitro model of Alzheimer’s disease” - Student: Sam Spurr

01.2010-08.2010            Co-supervisor of MRes student from Queen Mary University working on African plant extracts


02.2014 - 05.2014           BSc primary supervisor for a project entitled “Metabolic effect of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass on Zucker rats” - Student: Raheej Khan