Professor Jules Griffin

Professor Jules Griffin
Professor Jules Griffin
Professor Jules Griffin

Director of the Rowett Institute



My research focuses on the application of analytical chemistry to study metabolism at a global level in metabolic diseases. We have developed and applied metabolomics and lipidomics tools to investigate aspects of the metabolic syndrome and how nutrition interacts with health across the life course. This has included studies based on cell culture, model organisms, human diet intervention studies and epidemiology. At the centre of this research has been a desire to understand why fat metabolism can be so detrimental to the cell.    

I received my D.Phil. in Biochemistry from the University of Oxford, where I used 13C NMR spectroscopy to study metabolism in the brain. My first Post-doctoral position applied similar approaches to study cardiac metabolism at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. Returning to the UK I took up a second post-doctoral position at Imperial College London, joining during the early stages of the development of metabolomics/metabonomics. Here, I applied these new omic tools to understanding how fat metabolism impairs cell function and have been studying this subject ever since.

I was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship and set up my own research group at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge in 2002. In 2011, I took up a joint position with MRC Human Nutrition Research and the University of Cambridge as a programme leader. This was a transformative appointment, allowing my group to move our focus from model systems into human nutrition and experimental medicine. We also developed a number of high throughput metabolomics and lipidomics tools for cohort studies to examine the metabolic syndrome. In 2019 I took up the Chair of Biological Chemistry at Imperial College London, joining the Imperial College Dementia Research Institute to study the contribution of lipid metabolism to neurodegenerative diseases. In July 2021 I joined the Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen as Director.

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Member of Aberdeen Cardiovascular and Diabetes Centre

Member of the Rowett Institute EDIT Committee

Chair of the Rowett Institute Executive Committee

External Memberships

Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Director and Secretary to the Metabolic Profiling Forum (metabomeeting).

Editorial board member for Genome Medicine and Metabolites. 

Former President of the Metabolomics Society (2016-2020).

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Prizes and Awards

Trapnell Research Fellow, King's College, Cambridge, 2003-2007.

Recipient of Agilent Thought Leader Award. 2016. 

Honorary Professor at Imperial College London (2022-)

Visiting Professor at the University of Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy (2011-2012; 2015-2016; 2021-22).


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