Dr Laura Lyons

PhD in Microbiology

Dr Laura Lyons

Senior Research Technician - Analytical Chemistry

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I currently work as an Analytical Chemist in the High Resolution Metabolomics Laboratory. I am responsible for sample handling and preparation, along with running and maintaining instruments, and data analysis.


I hold a PhD in Microbiology from IBERS, Aberystwyth University, where I was working under the joint supervision of Kerrie Farrar and Justin Pachebat. Therefore I have experience in molecular, genetic, chemical analytical, and computational approaches. Currently, I work in a core metabolomics group to provide quality data and analysis for a large number of projects, from Diet, Exercise and Health, to Food and Beverages. My position has enabled me to gain skills pertaining to human analytical chemistry and metabolism. I have worked on multiple University approved clinical trials as well as assisting with a number of NHS approved clinical trials. I work closely with PDRAs who run Health and Well-being Assessments/Intervention studies, alongside Future Foods to gain information from metabolic content of biofluids and chemical phenotyping via high throughput fingerprinting and mass spectrometry profiling. I have also aided in investigations of current and future food and beverage products to push forward growth of Welsh businesses as part of the Future Foods project, which is a WEFO and Welsh Government funded programme. Research and development is company led, with scientific support provided by the University team. I aid in optimisation of sample extraction and processing, as well as instrument methodology, and utilise RStudio for sample analysis.


Beckmann, M, Wilson, T, Zubair, H, Lloyd, AJ, Lyons, L, Phillips, H, Tailliart, K, Gregory, N, Thatcher, R, Garcia-Perez, I, Frost, G, Mathers, JM & Draper, J 2020, 'A Standardized Strategy for Simultaneous Quantification of Urine Metabolites to Validate Development of a Biomarker Panel Allowing Comprehensive Assessment of Dietary Exposure', Molecular Nutrition and Food Research. 10.1002/mnfr.202000517
Beckmann, M, Lloyd, AJ, Wilson, T, Torres, DPM, Goios, ACL, Willis, ND, Lyons, L, Phillips, H, Mathers, JC, Nash, RJ, Sharp, H & Draper, J 2020, 'Calystegines are Potential Urine Biomarkers for Dietary Exposure to Potato Products', Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, vol. 64, 2000515. 10.1002/mnfr.202000515
Beckmann, M, Wilson, T, Lloyd, A, Torres, DPM, Goios, ACL, Willis, ND, Lyons, L, Phillips, H, Mathers, JM & Draper, J 2020, 'Challenges Associated With the Design and Deployment of Food Intake Urine Biomarker Technology for Assessment of Habitual Diet in Free-Living Individuals and Populations: A Perspective', Frontiers in Nutrition, vol. 7, 602515. 10.3389/fnut.2020.602515
Lloyd, A, Wilson, T, Willis, ND, Lyons, L, Phillips, H, Janssen, H, Stiegler, M, Xie, L, Tailliart, K, Beckmann, M, Stevenson, L, Mathers, JC & Draper, J 2020, 'Developing community-based urine sampling methods to deploy biomarker technology for assessment of dietary exposure', Public Health Nutrition, vol. 23, no. 17, pp. 3081–3092. 10.1017/S136898002000097X
Ramos-Morales, E, Lyons, L, De La Fuente, G, Braganca, R & Newbold, CJ 2019, 'Not all saponins have a greater antiprotozoal activity than their related sapogenins', FEMS Microbiology Letters, vol. 366, no. 13, fnz144. 10.1093/femsle/fnz144
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