Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction

Diabetes UK Harry Keen Research Fellow







Commonwealth BuildingHammersmith Campus





Victoria is a senior clinical research fellow in the Section of Investigative Medicine. In 2016, after completing specialist training in Diabetes, Endocrinology and General Internal Medicine, she took up a prestigious Diabetes UK Harry Keen Clinician Scientist Fellowship.  Her research interests are in appetite control, neuroendocrinology and the gut brain axis as applied to the treatment of obesity.

Victoria graduated from the Royal Free and University College London School of Medicine in 2002, with a first class intercalated BSc in Medical Physics.  In 2006 she moved to Imperial as an Academic Clinical Fellow and in 2008 was awarded an MRC clinical research training fellowship under the mentorship of Professor Sir Steve Bloom. During her PhD she studied the physiological effects of combination gut hormone administration on food reward processing (fMRI), glucose metabolism and energy expenditure in humans.  As an NIHR Clinical Lecturer she developed novel imaging techniques to investigate brown adipose tissue physiology.  With her current fellowship she is working on rodent vagal deafferentation models to investigate the peripheral pathways of action of gut hormones.  In collaboration with Professor Guy Rutter she is also developing a longitudinal functional imaging platform for pancreatic islets transplanted into the anterior chamber of the eye.

Victoria contributes as a lecturer and tutor on the MB BS Endocrinology module and is a regular project supervisor for Endocrinology BSc students.  She completed her Masters in Education in University Learning and Teaching (Medicine) with Distinction in 2016, with a particular interest in the role of Generalists as medical educators.

Victoria is Director of Development and Opportunities for the Department of Medicine and its Athena Lead.  Before that she was the Faculty of Medicine Athena SWAN Coordinator from 2013 to 2016, and is extremely committed to working towards a better working culture at Imperial.  Her hobbies used to be reading and astronomy.....she now has three young children.   



Bhatt PS, Sam AH, Meeran KM, et al., 2019, The relevance of cortisol co-secretion from aldosterone-producing adenomas, Hormones (athens, Greece), Vol:18, ISSN:1109-3099, Pages:307-313

Salem V, Delgadillo Silva L, Suba K, et al., 2019, Leader β cells coordinate Ca2+ dynamics across pancreatic islets in vivo, Nature Metabolism, Vol:1, ISSN:2522-5812, Pages:615-629

Comninos A, Demetriou L, Wall M, et al., 2018, Modulations of human resting brain connectivity by Kisspeptin enhance sexual and emotional Functions, Jci Insight, Vol:3, ISSN:2379-3708


Rahman S, Salem V, Sangster A, et al., 2019, Do tissue cultures add useful microbial information that changes diabetic foot ulcers management and outcome?, WILEY, Pages:126-126, ISSN:0742-3071

Salem V, Silva LD, Suba K, et al., 2018, Glucose regulates pancreatic islet beta cell calcium dynamics and intercellular connectivity in vivo, 54th Annual Meeting of the European-Association-for-the-Study-of-Diabetes (EASD), SPRINGER, Pages:S18-S18, ISSN:0012-186X

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