"Not just fat" – Exploring Octadecanoids as Novel Bioactive Lipids in Inflammation
About Assoc. Professor Craig Wheelock
Craig E. Wheelock is Head of the Unit of Integrative Metabolomics in the Institute of Environmental Medicine at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden, where he serves as director of the Integrative Molecular Phenotyping Laboratory (www.metabolomics.se). He is also a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Metabolomics at Gunma University, Japan. Following post-doctoral work on lipid mediators at the University of California Davis, he conducted additional post-doctoral studies at the KEGG laboratory in Kyoto University, Japan. In 2006, he was awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship to relocate to the Karolinska Institute. Research in his group focuses on molecular phenotyping of respiratory disease, with a particular area of interest in investigating the role of eicosanoids and other lipid mediators. The overall aim is to develop personalized molecular profiles that can be associated with an individual’s lifestyle, environmental exposure and susceptibility to disease onset. He has been a founding Board Member of the Nordic Metabolomics Society from 2017-2021, a Board Member of the International Metabolomics Society from 2016-2020, and currently serves on the European Respiratory Society (ERS) Advocacy Council as the Director of Scientific Relations with the EU. When not balancing his time between Sweden and Japan, he enjoys teaching his kids to kayak and play nicely with others.