Isabel Orf

Isabel Orf

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I received my PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Potsdam (Germany) and the Max-Planck-Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Golm (Germany). During my PhD studies, I investigated the central carbon metabolism of the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. using a systems biology approach, under the supervision of Joachim Kopka. Upon completion of my thesis, I received a Minerva Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to work on a joint project between four groups in Israel, China, and Germany. Using lipidomics, a GWAS approach, and predictive modelling, I aimed to elucidate lipid metabolism in rice grain and its impact on the field performance of rice plants. In 2017, I moved to Cambridge (U.K.) to start a position in industry. I am currently working at Owlstone Medical, where I use my experience in metabolomics and data analysis to aid the discovery of volatile organic compound (VOC) biomarkers in breath. Owlstone Medical‘s vision is to be the global leader in Breath Biopsy for early disease detection and precision medicine. Our mission is to save 100,000 lives and $1.5B in healthcare costs.