Nicholas John William Rattray, PhD

Associate Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Environmental Health Sciences)

Public Health Interests


Research Organizations

School of Public Health: Caroline Johnson Lab

Research Summary

During his PhD within the Pharmacy Dept at the University of Manchester, Nik's work concentrated on developing biomarker-based detection methods for Clostridium perfringens, a major cause of bacterial food poisoning. In 2012 he moved to the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, U.K. where he focused on the technological development of GC, IMS and LCMS-based metabolomics in the clinical environment. His research looked at ventilator acquired pneumonia, e-cigarette use, and breast cancer. Alongside large-scale population/epidemiological studies he developed a frailty-wellbeing axis in ageing and revealed underlying mechanisms for poorer health outcomes in later life.

Within the Johnson Metabolomics Group at YSPH he is focusing on developing metabolomic and imaging pipelines to understand in utero exposures in adverse pregnancy outcomes, specifically in the Yale Pregnancy Outcome Prediction Study (YPOPS). He is also investigating the role of the microbiome and their associated metabolites in colon cancer prognosis.

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