Neuro & Metabolic Clinical Biomarkers

Group Members

The Legido-Quigley lab members are experts in a range of scientific fields such as biochemistry, pharmacology, medicine, clinical and analytical chemistry, statistics, bioinformatics and big data.

Dr Nadia Nielsen Aalling

Postdoc  (BRIDGE Fellow 2019) University of Copenhagen

Nadia graduated with a PhD from University of Copenhagen in 2018. The aim of her current project is to identify CNS-derived biomarkers for Type 2 Diabetes progression & remission. She will use single-cell sequencing & metabolomics to assess molecular changes induced by injection of the peptide, FGF1 into the hypothalamic brain region– a treatment that induces sustained diabetes remission. The results will push forward the development of T2D treatments. Mentors: Tune H. Pers, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research (CBMR) & CLQ. Publications.

Dr Mina Ali

Postdoc in Systems Medicine, Steno Diabetes Center

Mina joined the group in 2020. She did a PhD in cancer system's biology in Lund university of Sweden (2018). During her PhD studies she was involved in the analysis of genome-wide association studies, leading to identification of new risk alleles (biomarker) for the blood disorder Multiple Myeloma. She has a multidisciplinary background with a Bachelor's degree in engineering and two Masters degrees in Marketing and Bioinformatics. Publications 

Dr Amera Ebshiana

Postdoc in the Clinical Biomarkers Lab, King's College London

Amera did a PhD at King's College London in the field of Alzheimer's Dementia before starting her postdoc in 2018. She is an expert in working with brain tissue and published key papers in the field. At present she is leading a project in the lab studying TREM2 mutation carriers from the KCL and UCL biobanks. Amera also manages the GC-MS in the lab in KCL. Publications.

Dr Min Kim

Postdoc in Systems Medicine, Steno Diabetes Center

Min joined the group in 2018. He did a PhD in the field of lipidomics and Alzheimer's Dementia in King's College London. At present he is a postdoc in the MicrobLiver project and NNF Challenge Programme awarded to Torben Hansen. He is working in analysing the data of a cohort (5000 children) to study the effects of the liver and gut health in obesity. He oversees the projects running in the Q-Orbitrap. He was recently invited to join the BRIC a Korean scientific network for high impact authors. See Min's profile page.

Ismo Mattila

Chemist in Systems Medicine, Steno Diabetes Center

Ismo is an analytical chemistry MSc that has contributed to many reports in the field with more than fifty publications to his name. He is an expert in GCxGC-QTOF and is responsable for the smooth running of projects with the platform and compound identification GC in several biological matrices. See Ismo's profile page

Karin Stahr

Biomedical Scientist in Systems Medicine, Steno Diabetes Center

Karin is a biomedical scientist with years of experience from Rigshospitalet. Karin joined the team in 2019. She has trained in sample preparation for our metabolomic and lipidomic analyses platforms. She is involved in several research projects within Steno that include obesity, diet and metabolism. She also works with volunteers-patients and in clinical data collection.

​Dr Tommi Suvitaival

Postdoc in Systems Medicine, Steno Diabetes Center

Tommi has been working in Systems Medicine as a postdoc for 4 years. Before that he did a PhD in Machine Learning (2015), his expertise in in bioinformatics, biostatistics, information visualization and statistical programming with R. He is the most senior data analyst in the team and participates in many projects. His main project is INNODIA and he is Naba's co-supervisor. He oversees the IT, bioinformatics and data analyses pipelines in the team. See Tommi’s profile page or visit his webpage.

Asger Wretlind

PhD Candidate in Systems Medicine, Steno Diabetes Center

Asger did a Masters in biochemisty and a project in industry (Novozymes). After that he joined our team in 2018 and worked in the targeted metabolomics platform. He was responsible for the running of our biggest cohort so far (6000 volunteers) from the Rhapsody consortium. At present he is doing clustering data analyses and a lipidomics database. He oversees the pipeline for targeted analyses with CLQ via the QQQ. He is also a keen robot programmer.

Naba Hassan Al-Sari

PhD Candidate in Systems Medicine, Steno Diabetes Center

Naba started her PhD in 2018 (advisors CLQ and Flemming Pociot) and she is aiming to discover biomarkers in Type 1 Diabetes within Innodia. She started her work in systems medicine by studying adipose tissue collected in volunteers in an experimental setting, doing lipidomics, and in a theoretical one by integrating to transcriptomic repository data. She was recently chosen to represent Denmark in the Young Diabetologists Meeting in 2019 with her work in adipose tissue.

Annette Frost Bjerre

Senior Technican in Systems Medicine, Steno Diabetes Center

Annete joined the group in 2019 and she is a biomedical scientist with 29-year experience working in industry (Novo Nordisk). She is an expert in many molecular techniques and is currently developing methods for liver tissue sample preparation. 

Dr Peter Henriksen

Postdoc in Systems Medicine, Steno Diabetes Center

Peter joined the group in 2018. He did a PhD in molecular biology and after that he studied for a masters in big data, for which he won the competition for the best project. He is working as a data scientist and bioinformatician. He is working with the PROTON Challenge Programme which was awarded to Peter Rossing. This project studies the gut microbiome in the context of diabetes and kidney complications. See Peter's profile page.

Jodie Lord

PhD Candidate in Neuroscience. MWCNI, King's College London

Jodie began her PhD in 2018 under the supervision of Petra Proitsi (together with Richard Dobson & CLQ). Her work aims to integrate metabolomic data with other 'omic' modalities in order to better predict Alzheimer's Disease risk. At present, she is working with genomic and metabolomic datasets and applying statistical techniques such as Mendelian Randomization and cross-trait Polygenic Risk Scoring to determine relationships - both correlative and causal - between metabolite levels and Alzheimer's Disease status. 

Jennifer Marie Nguyen

Industry PhD Candidate in the University of Copenhagen

Jenn is a chemistry major from Colby College with a Master’s from The Pennsylvania State University and started her industry PhD in 2018.  She works in Waters Corporation in Milford, MA, in the USA where she holds a Senior Scientist position.  She focuses on the analyses of biopharmaceuticals such as mAbs and ADCs.  Her project is co-supervised by CLQ & Lars Ove Dragsted at the University of Copenhagen.  Jenn is the fourth PhD student that CLQ has co-supervised through an on-going collaboration with Waters Corp.

Anchisa Poonprasartporn

PhD Candidate in Andrew Chan's Lab, IPS, King's College London

Anchisa started her PhD in 2017 in the Clinical Biomarkers Lab and moved to work in A.Chan's Lab when CLQ moved to Steno becoming her co-supervisor. She is working in deciphering the molecular mode of action of foods and herbal remedies in diabetes. In particular she is interested in the action of Tian Huan Fen. She is an expert in diabetes pharmacology and worked as a hospital pharmacist in Thailand. She uses state of the art spectroscopic techniques to understand energy metabolism.

Dr Jin Xu

Postdoc in the Clinical Biomarkers Lab, King's College London

Jin finished her PhD in liver tissue metabolomics in King's College London in 2019. An expert in data science she started a postdoc working in data analyses in a range of projects in collaboration with Petra Proitsi who is also her mentor. She has been the recipient of many prizes like the Young Lipid Scientist by the Society of Chemical Industry for her work in transplantation. She manages both the Q-TOF in the lab in KCL and the running of the lab in KCL. Publications.

Dr Andressa de Zawadzki

Postdoc in Systems Medicine, Steno Diabetes Center

Andressa did a PhD in the field of metabolomics at the University of São Paulo and University of Copenhagen. She worked 2 years as a Postdoc in the Department of Food Science at the University of Copenhagen. In the Systems Medicine Group she is working as part of the Galaxy project.


Alumni and past lab members

Postdocs: Dr Kajetan Trost, Dr Linda Ahonen, Dr Ashfaq Ali, Dr Stuart Snowden, Dr Petra Proitsi, Dr Arundhuti Sen.

PhD Students: Dr Pei Han, Dr Anuri Shah, Dr Wael Aljohani, Dr Yao Yao Wang, Dr Michael Jones, Dr Erin Chambers, MPhil Farnoush Azadi, Dr Luke Whiley, Dr James Heaton, Dr Saowalak Whungsinsujarit (Aor), Dr Shana Jacob, Dr Kittipong Sitthisinthu, Dr Hsiao Ching Foo, Dr Anna Maria Lopez Munoz.

Biomedical Staff: Camilla Søs Nielsen, Nina Christiansen, Birgitte Neergards-Robert.

Academic Visitors: Dr Khalid Al-Qahtani, Dr Martina Palomino-Schatzelin, Dr Lin Zheng, Dr Ana Maria Casas, Dr Diego Garcia Gomez, Maria Tena, Prof Wenhui Gao, Prof Yong Huang, Dr Isabel Garcia-Perez, Antonio Grassano, Christina Abundis, Dr Raquel Hernandez.

Masters Students:

Ling Wang (2020), Chris Tsoi (2019-2020), Gulcan Yasar (2019-2020), Elmi Galado, Sabiha Hussain, Ho Chan, Tahmina Ahmad, Yangfei Cheng, Nan Liu,  Koo Wee Hiew, Kam Cheng, Vinesh Solanki, Mohammad Ally Hassan, Esther Santos-Gyasi, Lax Elanganathan, Faiza Sulaiman, Danting Wang, Mariam Mangal, Yaa Martey, Zohal Sakhi, Pelak Patel, Nuria Camina, Ali Ghalib Sheikh, Geetika Shah, Shreeya Patel, Maltina Shkodra, Wang Xiaoyu, Amish Patel, Kebedom Ghebrehiwet, Anna Allam, Dhiren Dayal, Setova Kpedekpo, Vinotha Tharmarajah, Maria del Carmen Velazquez Ortiz, Hajrah Yunus, Cheng Jiang, Nena Mistry, Zuo Chengchun, Archana Gnana Sekharan, Enoch Adjetey, Ting Yu, Oloma Nwodu, Tanika Rhule, Mufadal Jivanjee, Konstantina Papaspyridonos, Xiayan Li, Anna Mazgaj, Yingzi Hong, Echo, Sebastian Chinnu M, Sani Dennis Kerauni, Nicola Greenberg, Mahomed Suleman, Deena Patel, Krupali Joia, Rehan Ahmed, Nadira Mehjabin, Zeena Gosrani.