Imperial College London

Dr. Rebekah E. T. Moore

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Research Fellow
 
 
 
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Contact

 

+44 (0)20 7594 7140r.moore13

 
 
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Location

 

Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus

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Summary

 

Research Interests

The processes governing the absorption, storage and distribution of essential and toxic metals in biology.

Specifically, the potential of high precision mass spectrometry techniques,  alongside more traditional biomedical and biochemical methods, to understand human diseases (such as cancers and nutrient deficiencies) and the origin, uptake, storage and translocation of heavy metals in food crops.

Current projects

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(i) Cadmium in Theobroma cacao

  • Using stable isotope analysis (MC-ICP-MS) to investigate the processes responsible for cadmium accumulation in cacao plants
  • Samples collected from mature cacao trees in Ecuadorian cacao farms in collaboration with colleages at GET, IRD and the cacao cooperative Ethiquable, and seedlings grown hydroponically by collaborators at the International Cacao Quarantine Centre, University of Reading

(ii) Essential trace metals in breast cancer

  • Using stable isotope analysis (MC-ICP-MS) and in situ concentration analysis (LA-ICP-MS) to understand essential element (e.g. zinc, copper, iron and magnesium) in breast cancer. In collaboration with Imperial College London clinical researchers and the London Metallomics Facility, Kings College London.

I currently assist in the supervision of two PhD students in the MAGIC research group, who's research are also closely associated with these projects.


(iii) Cadmium and zinc phytoextraction

  • I am a collaborator in a project run by scientirst at the Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing, China. Using MC-ICP-MS to understand the uptake of zinc and cadmium in hyperaccumulator plants (specifically Sedum plumbizincicola), which are used to extract these metals from contaminated agricultural soil.

(iv) Pollution monitoring using leaves

  • Pollution filtration properties of leaves using contrasting imaging and element mapping techniques, in collaboration with Dr Gloria Young at the Dept of Materials.

Biography

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  •  Post Doctorate Research Associate (Co-PI) - Imperial College London. Jan 2020 - July 2021 (Funded by GCRF England and Research Council of Norway)
  • ICP-MS analyst - London Metallomics Facility, King's College London. April 2021 - July 2021
  • Honorary Research Associate - Imperial College London. September 2019 - August 2020
  • Post Doctorate Research Associate in the MAGIC group at ESE - Imperial College London - July 2017-August 2019
  • Analytical Chemist/Geochemist (interim) at Imaging and Analysis Centre, Natural History Museum - July 2018 - October 2018
  • PhD student in the MAGIC group at ESE - Imperial College London. October 2013- October 2017 (Janet Watson Scholarship)
  • Visiting researcher at Department of Earth Sciences, Oxford University. 2013-2014 and October 2019
  • MSci. Geoscience - Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University. 2009-2013 

Teaching

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  • Module coordinator: Environmental Seminars (2021-2022)
  • Assistant supervisor for five current PhD students (and 3 ex-PhD students since 2017)
  • Undergraduate academic tutorials: Understanding isotope signatures and mixing lines (year 2) - 2020
  • Teaching Assistant for ESE undergraduate modules (Solid Earth Geochemistry and Climate). 2013-2017
  • Workshops for Global Summer School, Imperial College London. 2015-2017
  • UNIQ summer school - laboratory practical and tutorial. 2014

Science Communication

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Conferences/Talks

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 Goldschmidt, Virtual conference. Session convener and speaker. Talk title: Insights into the mechanisms of cadmium accumulation by Theobroma cacao using stable isotope analysis. 2021

  • Goldschmidt, Virtual conference. Talk title: Understanding Cd dynamics in cacao plants using isotope analysis. 2020
  • GET, Universit√© Toulouse - Invited speaker. Talk title: Understanding Cd uptake by cacao plants using isotope analysis. 2020
  • 35th International SEGH conference - Manchester Metropolitan University. Talk title: Understanding Cd uptake by cacao plants using isotope analysis. 2019
  • 14th Zinc Network Meeting - Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. Poster prize for: The potential of coupled Zn concentration and stable isotope analyses of blood serum and urine for assessing Zn status. 2019.
  • The 19th Biennial National Atomic Spectroscopy Symposium -  St. Mary's University, London. 2018
  • European Conference on Nanofilms - Cranfield University - special session talk title: Zinc isotopes as a possible biomarker for breast cancer. 2018
  • Launch of Cancer Research Center of Excellence - Imperial College London. 2017
  • 32nd International SEGH conference - Brussels. Poster title: High precision zinc stable isotope analysis of biological reference materials. 2016
  • 11th Annual Zinc Meeting - Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. 2015
  • Geochemistry Group Research in Progress Meeting -NOC, Southampton. Talk title: Understand human diseases using trace metal stable isotope analysis. 2015
  • Parkinson's UK Research Conference - York. 2014
  • Imperial Graduate School Technical Presentation Fishbowl course 2014. Talk title: Metal isotopes and human diseases.
  • Oxford Geology Group Colloquium, Young Geoscientist Competition 2014. Talk title: The role of metal isotopes in human diseases.
  • Geochemistry Group Annual Research in Progress Meeting - Milton Keynes. Poster title: Understand human diseases using trace metal stable isotope analysis. 2014