- Senior Research Fellow (Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences)
Lab B 3 33a
Proteomics and Systems Medicine
Joseph Black Building
Glasgow G12 8QQ
Bill Mullen is a Research Fellow for the Institute of Cardiovascular & Medical Sciences at the University of Glasgow. He returned to the University after working in a Pharmaceutical Drug Metabolism lab and also running his own company designing and manufacturing scientific instruments for metabolite analysis. Since returning to the University in 1998 he has published more than 60 manuscripts in peer reviewed journals. His first 10 years back at the University was in the Plant Products and Human Nutrition group, where his expertise in mass spectrometric analysis became world renowned. His principle aim was to find causal links between diet and health. We all know that a diet rich in fruit and vegetables is good for us, but why? It became apparent to him that the classical bioavailability/ metabolism approach to this question was not going to reveal the answer. The chance to work with Harald Mischak in applied systems biology, with the latest Orbitrap mass spectrometer, was too good an offer to turn down. Although the primary goal of the group is generating peptide “fingerprints” of disease to allow early diagnosis and monitoring of treatment, this work would lend itself to his original question of why fruit and vegetables are needed for a healthy life. By being able to determine deterioration in health as such an early stage, that no lasting damage had incurred, he believes it may be possible to show changes in diet could alter the biomarker fingerprints from unhealthy to healthy.