School of Science


21 Feb 2017

Alumnus invited to STEM for Britain 2017 event at House of Commons

Liam Heaney a former Loughborough undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD student, has recently been chosen to present his current research into mass spectrometry at a conference held in the House of Commons in March.

The conference provides early career academics with the opportunity to showcase their research to members of parliament as part of the government’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiative. It is designed to allow Members of Parliament to understand what the UK’s younger generations of researchers are doing, and how it impacts on society as a whole.

The 2016 graduate received funding from the Graduate School at Loughborough University to continue his academic learning through a PhD studentship. He began his PhD studies in Chemistry having studied in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences (SSEHS) at undergraduate and masters’ level. He began to learn about analytical chemistry, with particular focus on gas chromatography and mass spectrometry.

Liam’s research specifically measures circulating biomarkers of cardiovascular disease conditions. Using analysis of TMAO (Trimethylamine N-Oxide) and how levels of this biomarker in plasma are associated with poor prognosis in cardiovascular disease. The research has already shown that levels of TMAO are able to aid the prediction of acute heart failure.

We would like to wish Liam the very best with his presentation at the House of Commons and also with his future research.