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J. William (Will) Allwood

Staff picture: J. William (Will) Allwood
Plant Biochemistry and Food Quality
Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
LC-MS technologist and senior research scientist, Deputy head of PBFQ
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Dundee DD2 5DA
Scotland UK


For over 18 years Will has worked as a researcher in the field of metabolomics and metabolite profiling. He is interested in the study and development of chromatography - linked - mass spectrometry (LC and GC) for a range of applications in the fields of plant-physiology, pathology and insect interactions, as well as natural product discovery. Will was a core researcher within the two teams who were first recognised for applying metabolomics approaches to the study of plant disease and insect interactions. Will has previously run and provided metabolic profiling services within the Universities of Manchester and Birmingham across many plant science, microbiological and human clinical, studies.  Will is currently responsible for the LC-MS metabolomics services at James Hutton Institute – Dundee, where he serves as both an LC-MS technologist and a research scientist. Will also serves as the current deputy leader of the Plant Biochemistry and Food Quality (PBFQ) programme within the Environmental and Biochemical Sciences group.

Measures of esteem:

  • MDPI Metabolites (Section editor, Plant metabolomics: 2020-present)
  • Springer Metabolomics journal (Editorial Board Member 2011-present)
  • Springer Metabolomics journal (Guest editor for themed collection on Food and nutrition, 2017-2018)
  • The Scottish Metabolomics Network (Board Member 2017-present)
  • Local organiser for the International Metabolomics Society conference, Manchester 2007.
  • Local organiser for The Metabolic Profiling Forum – MetaboMeeting, International Conference, Manchester 2012.
  • Local organiser for The Scottish Metabolomics Network – annual meeting, Dundee, 1-2nd November 2018.
  • Reviewer for the following SCI journals: Analytical Chemistry, Journal of Proteome Research, Journal of Natural Products, Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, Analytical Biochemistry, Analyst, Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, Journal of Chromatography A, Journal of Chromatography B, Metabolomics, Metabolites, Frontiers in metabolomics, Plant Physiology, Plant Cell, Plant Journal, Journal of Experimental Botany, Phytochemistry, Physiologia Plantarum, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Phytochemical Analysis, Environmental and Experimental Botany, Plant Methods, Frontiers in plant biology.


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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.