Imperial College London

Dr Woscholski

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Chemistry

Reader in Chemical Biology



+44 (0)20 7594 5305r.woscholski




301LMolecular Sciences Research HubWhite City Campus





The Woscholski group focuses on the elucidation of phosphoinositde (PI) dependent signalling pathways, with particular emphasis on the role of 3-phosphorylated inositol lipids and their effectors. The making and breaking of these lipids is controlled by kinases and phosphatases, which all play important roles in the regulation of cellular processes leading to apoptosis, glucose uptake and proliferation. Deciphering the contribution of PI lipids towards cellular function relies on the availability of tools and techniques that can facilitate the imaging of the dynamics of PI lipids and their downstream effectors. Biological tools such as lipid recognition domains as well as other effector proteins are employed to assess the cellular levels and their impact on cellular function in a tempero-spatial fashion by fluorescence microscopy. This is complemented by the generation of novel chemical research tools in collaboration with scientists of the Institute of Chemical Biology, which are currently being tested for their applicability.

Another focus of our research is aimed at the unravelling of the role of the different phosphoinositide phosphatases in vivo . Fluorescence microscopy will be used to image these phosphatases and their substrates in the cellular environment. In particular, the cellular and molecular impact of the fatty acid sensitivity, head group recognition and catalytic properties of these enzymes is a major focus of our current research, which is aimed to address important biological and biomedical question such as the role of these phosphatases in Lowe syndrome, Cancer, Diabetes and degenerative diseases. This will involve the monitoring of cellular lipid signalling employing metabolic profiling techniques as well as imaging of downstream signalling elements and will ultimately aid the elucidation of the role of these PI phosphatases in the development of diseases and human health.



Braddock D, Duran-Corbera A, Nilforoushan M, et al., 2022, (±)-Polysiphenol and other Analogues via Symmetrical Intermolecular Dimerizations: a Synthetic, Spectroscopic, Structural and Computational Study, Journal of Natural Products, Vol:85, ISSN:0163-3864, Pages:2650-2655

Yang H, Woscholski R, 2022, A novel high-throughput assay reveals that the temperature induced increases in transphosphatidylation of phospholipase D are dependent on the alcohol acceptor concentration, Biomolecules, Vol:12, ISSN:2218-273X

Saromi K, England P, Tang W, et al., 2020, Rapid glycosyl-inositol-phospho-ceramide fingerprint from filamentous fungal pathogens using the MALDI Biotyper Sirius system, Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, Vol:34, ISSN:0951-4198

Vilar Compte R, Reeh K, Summers P, et al., 2020, Design, synthesis and evaluation of a tripodal receptor for phosphatidylinositol phosphates, Scientific Reports, Vol:10, ISSN:2045-2322

Rains JGD, O’Donnelly K, Oliver T, et al., 2019, Bicarbonate inhibition of carbonic anhydrase mimics hinders catalytic efficiency: Elucidating the mechanism and gaining insight toward improving speed and efficiency, Acs Catalysis, Vol:9, ISSN:2155-5435, Pages:1353-1365

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