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New NPL Fellow – Josephine Bunch

Dr Josephine Bunch has been appointed an NPL Fellow in the field of Biomolecular Analysis for her ground-breaking work in mass spectrometry and tissue imaging

Josephine_Bunch.jpgNPL Fellowship is a recognition of individual merit awarded to scientists who are making very significant contributions to NPL's scientific achievement and standing. It is a particular distinction that acknowledges and rewards significant scientific achievements and leadership.

Professor Josephine Bunch has been appointed an NPL Fellow in the field of Biomolecular Analysis, in recognition of her ground-breaking work in the fields of mass spectrometry and tissue imaging, and her inspirational scientific leadership at NPL and in the international community.

Josephine's research is highly multidisciplinary, encompassing research in chemistry, physics, the life sciences and computational science. Her research focuses on the innovation of mass spectrometry imaging techniques and data handling methods. She is passionate about the application of these tools to address pharmaceutical and biomedical challenges. Josephine is currently leading a $20 million Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Global Grand Challenge with a multi-disciplinary team from Imperial College London, Beatson CRUK Institute, the Francis Crick Institute, the University of Cambridge, Barts Cancer Institute, and AstraZeneca. The team is delivering a multi-modal, multi-scale spectroscopic imaging pipeline for visualising small and large molecules in tumours and cells and has established an impressive collection of new methods for handling the rapidly growing amount of data that is being generated through mass spectrometry imaging.

As co-director of NPL's National Centre of Excellence in Mass Spectrometry Imaging (NiCE-MSI), Josephine has helped create a world-leading centre for multi-modal MSI – initiating new research topics, multiple partnerships and attracting significant funding from grant bodies through peer-reviewed processes. In 2017, Josephine was appointed as the Chair of Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry at Imperial College London.

Josephine is passionate about disseminating her work to raise awareness and further understanding of the need and opportunities for analytical science and instrumentation in life science challenges. Recent media coverage has included the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC London News, NatureScience, and an invited talk about her work in tumour imaging at the Hay Festival. In 2017, Mapping cancer's secret chemistry was selected as part of the Royal Society Summer Exhibition. Josephine has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and delivered over 50 invited lectures on mass spectrometry imaging of lipids, drugs, proteins, peptides and metabolites using a range of dedicated mass spectrometry techniques.

Find out more about NPL's research in Surface and Nanoanalysis

04 Mar 2019