Gwenaelle Le Gall


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Academic Background

I joined the Norwich Medical School at UEA as a lecturer in March 2019.


I studied organic chemistry (MSc) at the University of Nantes in France and obtained a PhD in 2001 on food authentication using proton Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (1H NMR) and multivariate statistics (University of East Anglia). This was followed by postdoctoral appointments at the Quadram Institute (formerly the Institute of Food Research) on authentication of genetically modified foods and typical foods using metabolomics. In 2009, I took a sabbatical year from the IFR and took a postdoctoral position at the University of Nantes on nutritional imprinting. In 2010, I became the manager of the metabolomics unit in the IFR Analytical Science group and provided metabolite analysis on an open-access basis to staff and students.  I have expertise in metabolomics/ lipidomics and over 20 years expertise in the field of metabolite analysis using techniques such as NMR and Mass Spectrometry (MS). My expertise covers data processing, deconvolution and multi and univariate analysis as well as compound identification. My knowledge extends to mammalian, food, plant and microbial metabolism. I have worked on numerous projects covering human nutrition and health, food authenticity, bacterial substrate specificity and the interactions between the host and the microbiota. In 2018, I was appointed in the Qi lab to develop a new thermal technique called Thermal Analysis by Structural Charaterization (TASC) and optimise the formulation of organogels for long term drug release.

I am an author or co-author of over 50 peer-reviewed articles, 5 book chapters, a Henri Stewart tutorial (NMR workflow from data analysis to metabolite identification, and numerous conference proceedings and posters. I also delivered tutorials at the “Introduction to metabolomics analysis” course at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) in Hinxton Cambridge and to UEA master students taking modules in forensic sciences and microbial cell biology (

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of the University, Quadram Institute Bioscience

1 May 19984 Apr 2002

Award Date: 4 Apr 2002

Master of Chemistry, University of Nantes

1 Oct 199613 Sep 1997

Award Date: 13 Sep 1997

Bachelor of Science

1 Oct 19951 Sep 1996

Award Date: 1 Sep 1996

External positions

Senior researcher, Quadram Institute Bioscience

1 Apr 201031 Mar 2018

Post-doc, Quadram Institute Bioscience

1 Oct 200131 Mar 2010


  • Biochemistry
  • microbial metabolites
  • Chemistry
  • short chain fatty acids
  • bile acids
  • tryptophan
  • amines
  • sugars
  • nucleosides
  • phenolics
  • metabolomics
  • lipidomics

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