Imperial College London

Dr Toby Athersuch

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction

Senior Lecturer



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101Sir Alexander Fleming BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





I am a Lecturer in Environmental Toxicology & Biomarkers in the Department of Metabolism, Digestion, and Reproduction. My main research interests are in the application of molecular profiling technologies – primarily metabolic profiling using NMR and MS based platforms – to study aspects of human health and disease. A key research question of importance is how to improve exposure assessment in individuals, small area studies and molecular epidemiology projects investigating environmental exposures. I am also interested in addressing the need for a more comprehensive understanding of the toxicological implications of emerging materials such as nanoparticles. At present, a number of large-scale projects focused on developing the concept of the exposome are underway, and present new opportunities for metabolic research to help understand links between environmental exposures and human health outcomes.

Postgraduate Study

I studied for a PhD in biological chemistry at Imperial College London, which was awarded in 2007.  My thesis, "Analytical and chemometric investigations of congeneric substituted aniline metabolism" focused on investigating the metabolic fate of a number of substituted anilines in vivo using NMR, MS and UPLC. These studies are part of ongoing efforts to develop predictive models of xenobiotic metabolism.

Undergraduate Study

I studied as an undergraduate at Exeter University in the Department of Chemistry. I was awarded a first-class honours degree in Biological and Medicinal Chemistry upon graduating in 2002



Wilson I, Athersuch T, Bradshaw P, et al., 2020, Acyl Glucuronide Reactivity in Perspective, Drug Discovery Today, ISSN:1359-6446

Selley L, Schuster L, Marbach H, et al., 2020, Brake dust exposure exacerbates inflammation and transiently compromises phagocytosis in macrophages, Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science, Vol:12, ISSN:1756-5901, Pages:371-386

Bradshaw P, Richards S, Wilson I, et al., 2020, Kinetic modelling of acyl glucuronide and glucoside reactivity and development of structure-property relationships, Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, Vol:18, ISSN:1477-0520, Pages:1389-1401

Georgiadis P, Gavriil M, Rantakokko P, et al., 2019, DNA methylation profiling implicates exposure to PCBs in the pathogenesis of B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia, Environment International, Vol:126, ISSN:0160-4120, Pages:24-36

Lau CH, Siskos AP, Maitre L, et al., 2018, Determinants of the urinary and serum metabolome in children from six European populations, Bmc Medicine, Vol:16, ISSN:1741-7015

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