Dr Jules Griffin

Jules Griffin

University position


Dr Jules Griffin is pleased to consider applications from prospective PhD students.


Department of Biochemistry



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Research Theme

Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


We have been using a range of analytical techniques, and in particular NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry, to follow metabolism in the brain in a range of disease processes. This ranges from flux measurements to understand the cycling of metabolites between neuronal and glial cells and how this process is influenced by drug intervention to the development of pattern recognition tools to identify metabolic profiles associated with a given disease process. The majority of work has centered on mouse models of disease and in particular we have examined models of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson's disease and the Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinoses. This has also been augmented by cell culture and human post mortem tissue work. These approaches are high throughput and provide a rapid mechanism to screen for metabolic perturbations within brain tissue. We also have an interest in developing new bioinformatic tools for examining multivariate data.

Research Focus



functional genomics



Clinical conditions

Alzheimer's disease

Batten disease

Parkinson's disease


High Resolution Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

Mass Spectrometry



Piers Emson

United Kingdom

Jonathan Cooper Web: http://internal.iop.kcl.ac.uk/ipublic...

Risto Kauppinen Web: http://buic.bham.ac.uk/mgt_ctt...

Hannah Mitchison Web: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/paediat...

Niki Sibson Web: http://www.dpag.ox.ac.uk/academi...


David Palmer Web: http://www.lincoln.ac.nz/story14...

Dave Pearce Web: http://dbb.urmc.rochester.edu/labs/pe...

Associated News Items

    Key publications

    Griffin JL, Kauppinen RA (2007), “A metabolomics perspective of human brain tumours” FEBS J 274:1132-9 Details

    Griffin JL, Blenkiron C, Valonen PK, Caldas C, Kauppinen RA (2006), “High-Resolution Magic Angle Spinning (1)H NMR Spectroscopy and Reverse Transcription-PCR Analysis of Apoptosis in a Rat Glioma” Anal Chem 78(5):1546-1552 Details

    Pears MR, Cooper JD, Mitchison HM, Mortishire-Smith RJ, Pearce DA, Griffin JL (2004), “High resolution 1H NMR-based metabolomics indicates a neurotransmitter cycling deficit in cerebral tissue from a mouse model of Batten disease” J Biol Chem 280(52):42508-14 Details