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Fields & Applications Mass Spectrometry, Liquid Chromatography, Metabolomics & Lipidomics

Measuring the Microbiome

The symbiotic relationship between humans and microbes is important for maintaining good health. And according to mounting evidence, dysfunctional relationships could increase susceptibility to disease (1). Here, I will use the example of trimethylamine [N-oxide] (TMA[O]), a molecule mediated through metabolism of dietary components by gut microbes, to illustrate the complexity of the microbiome.

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About the Author

Liam Heaney

Dr Liam Heaney is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Leicester’s NIHR Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit, working in the John and Lucille van Geest Biomarker Facility. Liam is a senior member of the Cardiovascular Translational Research Group headed by consultant cardiologist Professor Toru Suzuki, where he specialises in the analysis of cardiovascular disease biomarkers using non-targeted/discovery and targeted LC-MS-based metabolomics. Previously, Liam attended Loughborough University where he was awarded his BSc in Sport & Exercise Science, MSc in Exercise Physiology and later his PhD in Analytical Chemistry, using GC-MS techniques to produce a thesis entitled ‘Exhaled Breath Analysis in Exercise and Health’.

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