Neuro & Metabolic Clinical Biomarkers

Dr Cristina Legido-Quigley                 

is the Head of Systems Medicine at Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen and an Associate Professor at King’s College London. 

She has been a group leader in clinical biomarkers at King's College London since 2006. In 2018 she moved to Steno a hospital and research center in Denmark to pursue her interests in Systems Medicine, especially the brain-liver axis, and finding clinical biomarkers of healthy aging, Alzheimer's, cognition, diabetes and metabolic disease. She shares her findings in scientific publications in the biotechnology and medical fields (In the press and in peer reviewed journals in Analytical Chemistry, Nature Biotechnology, Alzheimer's & Dementia, PLOS Medicine & others).


Administrative Appointments
  • Head of Systems Medicine Department, Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Leadership Committee, Steno Diabetes Center, Denmark 

Academic Appointments

Honors & Awards
    • Honorary Professor, Guizhou Medical University, China (2017-present)
    • Scientific Visitor affiliated to Kessler Group, Target Discovery Institute, University of Oxford, UK (2020-present)

    Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

    • Scientific Advisory Board Member, Alzheiemer's Fondation, Paris, France
    • Scientific Advisory Board Member, Institute Pasteur, Lille, France
    • Member, Steering Committee Galaxy, EU 
    • Member, Managing Board Innodia EFPIA, EU
    • Member, Managing Board Rhapsody EFPIA, EU
    • Member (founding), Clinical Metabolomics Copenhagen, Denmark
    • Member (founding), London Metabolomics Network, UK

    Professional Education

    • PhD, Imperial College London, Chemistry, UK 
    • MSci, King's College London, Chemistry, UK 
    • BSc, King's College London, Chemistry, UK

    Background and mentors:

    She studied chemistry at the University of Barcelona, and before completing her degree she moved to Iowa City, US to study modules in philosophy, anthropology, art and writing at Kirkwood Community College. She then moved to the UK and studied for a BSc in Chemistry at King's College London (tutor: Mike Robb). She did her BSc project in industry at Smith Kline Beecham investigating turboflow Liquid Chromatrography-Mass Spectroscopy, LC-MS supervised by Vern de Biasi. Her degree was upgraded to a MSc finishing with another project on single-crystal X-ray diffraction in Jonathan Steed's Group. In 2004 she received her PhD with a thesis on nano LC-MS at Imperial College London. Her doctorate was funded by the BBSRC and Glaxo SmithKline and supervised by Norman William Smith & Andreas Manz. At the University of Pavia, Italy, she was a postdoc funded by the AQUAMIP (EU FP5 funding) studying molecular interactions in Ersilia de Lorenzi's Group. After this, she joined as a postdoc funded by Roche (Organ Transplant Research Fundation) at Imperial College in the Department of Medicine (heads of department Elaine Holmes & Jeremy Nicholson) and started working with organ tissue in LC-MS, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and metabolomics for biomarker discovery. As an academic she trained in education, obtaining a postgraduate certificate in higher education and in data science.

    Cristina Legido-Quigley's one-page bio