Ian Lewis
Assistant Professor, Alberta Innovates Translational Health Chair in Metabolomics, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Calgary.

  • Infectious diseases account for the majority of deaths in developing countries and are among the ten leading causes of mortality in Alberta. The emergence of diverse drug resistant pathogens has made finding new antimicrobial therapies both a Canadian and global health priority.
  • My laboratory investigates the connection between metabolic adaptation and virulence of human pathogens. The ultimate goal of this research is to develop new diagnostic methods to identify high risk patients and novel antimicrobial therapies to control infections. One of the key challenges my laboratory faces is unraveling the complex host-pathogen metabolic dynamics that occur during infections.
  • To address this challenge, we use state-of-the-art mass spectrometry (MS) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) technology to comprehensively quantify the flow of molecules between pathogens and their hosts.
  • This metabolomics approach is a powerful strategy for connecting metabolic phenomena with specific genes and is essential for understanding the metabolic determinants of virulence.

Research areas

  • Precision infection management (PIM)
  • Metabolic adaptations in Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • Hemoglobin metabolism in the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum
  • New analytical tools for identifying and quantifying metabolites in complex mixtures
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Ian Lewis
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University of Calgary »University of Calgary
Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) »Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences (PIMS)
Antimicrobial resistance »Antimicrobial resistance
Global health »Global health
Malaria »Malaria
Pathogens »Pathogens
Mortality »Mortality
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