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My main areas of research involve high resolution mass spectrometry and chromatography applied to metabolomics, bionanalysis and natural products research. There has been a strong focus on metabolomics in the last eight years and I won a bid to host the Metabolomics Society conference in Glasgow where I was local chair and organiser in 2013. Current metabolomics collaborations are as follows: parasite biology (Graham Coombs and Mike Barrett GU), drosophila biology (Julian Dow GU), cancer cell biology (Nigel and Sue Pyne and Hing Leung, Beatson), clinical screening for disease (Hing Leung prostate cancer, Brian Walker and Ruth Andrew, University of Edinburgh, metabolic syndrome), steroids in models of pulmonary hypertension, Mandy MacLean, GU), profiling of mammalian milks (Malcolm Kennedy, GU). I am currently about to establish projects on metabolomics of the microbiome in irritable bowel syndrome and on the impact of exercise on the metabolome. I have other non-collaborative projects on fundamental mechanisms in hydrophilic interaction chromatography and oxidation mechanisms of fatty acids. I am also supervising a BBSRC CASE award project with UCB Celltech on deamidation of monoclonal antibodies. In the area of natural products I am investigating the biological properties of bee venom (with Mark Dufton, Carol Clements and Louise Young)and the activity of propolis against sleeping sickness and leishmaniasis. I am currently primary supervisor of 16 PhD students. I have published 205 full papers and reviews, 80 in the last six years, and have an H factor of 34. I have published two textbooks one of which is the leading undergraduate textbook in the field of pharmaceutical analysis. My teaching currently focuses on the MSc course in Pharmaceutical Analysis although I have taught a wide range of topics within the MPharm curriculum.

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Projects 2007 2017

Grace Reveleris Flash LSD

Edrada-Ebel, R., Clements, C. & Watson, D.

1/09/12 → …

Project: Knowledge Exchange (Capital Equipment)Equipment Only

Sepacore Flash Chromatography System by Buchi

Edrada-Ebel, R., Watson, D. & Ferro, V.

1/06/11 → …

Project: Equipment onlyEquipment Only

Selected Research Output 1991 2019

30 Citations (Scopus)
Metabolic Networks and Pathways


Libyan propolis raw data

Watson, D. (Creator), University of Strathclyde, 15 Apr 2016



An exploration of the mechanism of hydrophilic interaction chromatography (HILIC) and the application of HILIC in metabolomic profiling

Author: Bawazeer, S. S. A., 1 Mar 2016

Supervisor: Watson, D. (Supervisor) & (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

An exploration of the potential of metabolomics for the detection of recombinant human erythropoietin (r-HuEPO) abuse in sport

Author: Daskalaki, E., 1 Dec 2014

Supervisor: Watson, D. (Supervisor) & Johnston, B. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Activities 2008 2014

  • 2 Organiser of major conference
  • 1 Key-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences

Metabolomics 2014

David Watson (Member of programme committee)
23 Jun 201426 Jun 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of major conference

Metabolomics 2013

David Watson (Organiser)
1 Jul 20134 Jul 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of major conference


Bee venom research drives industrial Drug Discovery initiative in Republic of Korea

Mark Dufton (Participant), David Watson (Participant), John Parkinson (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalEconomic and commerce, Health and welfare - new products, guidelines and services