-- The London Proteomics Discussion Group --
Proteomics seminar series for the South East

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Proteomics seminar series for the South East
Methods Challenge
---Registration is free---

About the LPDG

We are a free, local proteomics seminar series in the South East,
with a focus towards networking, discussion and supporting early career researchers.

The LPDG...

was founded to bring together the large community of proteomics scientists all working in and around London. We aim to provide a space for discussion, with a focus on methods and early career researchers (two fundamental building blocks of good research!), on all topics related to proteomics. The meetings comprise of research talks framed by a proteomics methods challenge, lunch, refreshments and pizza - they are free to attend thanks to sponsorship.

Meeting Dates:

  • 19th October 2023 (Meeting) - Dr Vahitha Adbul Salam, Dr Kish Adoni, Bob Challen, Dr George Biggs, Dr Sean Burnap, Leonie Mueller
  • For past meetings click here

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These seminars would not be possible without our amazing sponsors.
If you are interested in sponsoring an LPDG seminar,
please get in touch at sponsor@londonproteomics.co.uk


for 19th October 2023 Time 12:00

Primary Sponsor Agilent Richard Blankley

Event Speakers

Would you like to present at an LPDG meeting? Email: speaker@londonproteomics.co.uk
Research presentations from:

Dr Vahitha Abdul Salam
Dr Vahitha Abdul Salam
Dr Vahitha Abdul Salam QMUL


Bob Challen
Bob Challen
Bob Challen Reading University

Before starting his PhD, Bob obtained a BSc in analytical chemistry from Coventry University and an MSc in analytical science from the University of Warwick. Currently, he is a PhD student at the University of Reading under the supervision of Prof. Rainer Cramer and Dr. Michael Morris (Waters Corporation). His Research is focused on developing new biochemical applications for Liquid Atmospheric Pressure (LAP)-MALDI MS, including high-throughput techniques and real-time enzyme kinetics.

Leonie Mueller
Leonie Mueller
Leonie Mueller Newcastle University

Leonie obtained a Bachelor's degree in Biology and MSc in Neuroscience at the University of Bremen with internships at the Monash University, Australia, and the Otto-von-Guericke-Universit, Germany. Currently, she is studying for a PhD in the lab of Professor Matthias Trost at Newcastle University, with a combined industrial placement at GlaxoSmithKline. Her research focuses on implementing MALDI-TOF MS into drug discovery efforts, with the aim of identifying novel therapeutics for the auto-immune and immune-oncology space.

Dr Kish Adoni
Dr Kish Adoni
Dr Kish Adoni UCL

Kish obtained a PhD at the University of Birmingham, investigating mass spectrometry approaches towards the characterisation of protein Post-Translational Modifications at the Leney Lab. Kish then commenced a Wellcome Trust Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Thalassinos Lab, University College London. He is primarily interested in leveraging mass spectrometry methodologies to probe protein structure and function, employing techniques such as crosslinking-, ion mobility-, and native-mass spectrometry as well as single-cell, bottom-up, and top-down proteomics, across biological platforms including purified proteins, mammalian cancer cells and isolated virion particles.

Dr Sean Burnap
Dr Sean Burnap
Dr Sean Burnap University of Oxford

Realisation in Sean’s own work investigating spike viral glycoproteins made clear the important, and relatively understudied role glycosylation plays in the ability of viral proteins to interact with host receptors, but also evade immune detection. Furthermore, the glycosylation state of a viral protein greatly influences antibody recognition and is therefore of paramount importance for vaccine design, including new DNA/RNA based vaccines. Due to the largely heterogeneous nature of glycosylation, interactions involving glycans are exceedingly difficult to study. Sean’s goal is to solve this problem and transform our ability to unpick these complex glycan-dependent relationships.

Dr George Biggs
Dr George Biggs
Dr George Biggs GSK-CRICK

Bio: George obtained an PhD. in Chemistry from the University of Cambridge where he used spectroscopic and mass spectrometry based techniques to understand the speciation of ruthenium arene complexes with four-helical bundle proteins. George is now based in the Proteomics STP at The Francis Crick Institute, working as a GSK Postdoctoral Research Scientist, part of a Prosperity Partnership collaboration between The Crick and GSK. His research is looking to develop chemical proteomics methods to identify new chemical starting points in a range of disease areas.

Gordon Museum of Pathology
Hodgkin Building
London, SE1, 1UL




Here is a list of answers to frequently asked questions for speakers, delegates and sponsors

If you still have unanswered questions after reading this page, wish to present a talk, suggest a venue or sponsor a meeting, please contact us.

Organising Committee

The organising committee is made up of early and "not-so-early" career scientists
from academia and industry.
If you are interested in joining the committee, please get in touch.

Dr Harry Whitwell
Dr Harry Whitwell Chairperson

I am Proteomcis Lead for the NPC and the Division of Systems Medicine at ICL. My research is multidisciplinary, using chemistry, bioinformatics and biology. For more info, click here.

Dr Lukas Krasny
Dr Lukas Krasny Secretary

I am a post-doc at the ICR in Paul Huang’s group. My research interest is in extracellular matrix remodelling during cancer progression. From an analytical point of view, I am interested in protein quantification by DIA mass spectrometry.

Dr Roberto Buccafusca
Dr Roberto Buccafusca Treasurer

I manage an MS lab at QMUL. I graduated from Drexel University (USA) in Biomedical Science, completing my PhD work at Harvard University. After a long stint in the private sector, I re-joined academia here in the UK researching lipidomics and proteomics.

Tom Ruane
Tom Ruane Sponsor Liason

Tom works for SCIEX in the London region helping customers with MS and 'OMICS applications. He gained an interest in MS from working with Prof Roy Goodacre, Manchester Institute of Biotech. applying -omics and chemometric approaches for rapid food authenticity determination.

Dr Jack Houghton
Dr Jack Houghton
Dr Jack Houghton Webinar Lead

Jack is a post-doc in the Tate Group at Imperial with an interest in proteomics methodology development and bioinformatics.

Joanna Kirkpatrick
Dr Joanna Kirkpatrick
Dr Joanna Kirkpatrick Webinar Chair

Joanna Kirkpatrick
Crick Insitute

Dr Elizabeth Want
Dr Elizabeth Want
Dr Elizabeth Want Venue Scout

Liz is Senior Lecturer in Molecular Spectroscopy at Imperial College London.

Dr Harvey Johnston
Dr Harvey Johnston Committee Member, Founder

After my PhD in blood plasma cancer proteomics I moved to the Cancer Proteomics Group at UCL. I founded the LPDG as a focus group for the SE. I am currently at the Babraham Institute investigating protein degradation pathways using proteomics.

Danai Kati
Danai Kati
Danai Kati Committee Member

Danai studied biology and biomedical sciences in Greece. She has worked in numerous labs in England, Singapore, the Netherlands and Greece. Now she is focusing on her PhD at UCL in Primary Biliary Cholangitis analyzing human samples using Mass spectrometry.

Suniya Khatun
Suniya Khatun Committee member

I am a PhD student at UCL on the CellX project in the Thalassinos Lab studying competition in cellular populations using mass spectrometry-based proteomics.

Dr Vahitha Abdul Salam
Dr Vahitha Adbul Salam
Dr Vahitha Abdul Salam Committee member

Vahitha is a lecturer in vascular pharmacology at WHRI, QMUL.

Dr Vincen Wu
Dr Vincen Wu
Dr Vincen Wu Committee member

Vincen is a post-doc in MS-Imaging at Imperial College London.

Dr Karin Barnouin
Dr Karin Barnouin
Dr Karin Barnouin Committee member

Karin is a Senior scientist at UCB.

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Please email with any questions.
Particularly welcome are venue suggestions,
speaker suggestions or if you are thinking of sponsoring a meeting.

This seminar series is run by volunteers from academia and industry. We will try to reply to your email as quickly as possible, but please allow at least 5 days.