Imperial College London

Dr Toby Athersuch

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

Lecturer in Environmental Toxicology



+44 (0)20 7594 3806toby.athersuch Website




101Sir Alexander Fleming BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





I am a Lecturer in Environmental Toxicology & Biomarkers in the Department of Surgery and Cancer. 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.

I am a Member of the MRC-PHE Centre for Environment & Health at Imperial, which provides an interdisciplinary environment to contribute to research on the health effects of environmental pollutants and the translation of these findings to inform national- and international-level health policy. Training is also another key aspect of the Centre and have been involved in the development of an extensive training programme that encompasses 3- and 4- year PhD studentships, Masters level courses and several short courses over recent years. Please refer to the MRC-PHE website for more information about opportunities for postdoctoral training within the Centre.

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



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Carr A-JF, Swann C, Radeke MJ, et al., 2018, Using ARPE-19 cells to investigate pathways associated with retinal pigment epithelium differentiation., Annual Meeting of the Association-for-Research-in-Vision-and-Ophthalmology (ARVO), ASSOC RESEARCH VISION OPHTHALMOLOGY INC, ISSN:0146-0404

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