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Dr Ruairi Robertson

Ruairi Robertson

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Blizard Institute
Queen Mary University of London



Gut microbiome, Microbiota, Environmental enteropathy, Gut physiology


My research examines the influence of the early life gut microbiome on child growth and development in the context of undernutrition. Our group has a particular interest in environmental enteric dysfunction (EED), a pathological intestinal condition that occurs in low-resource settings and is hypothesized to impact nutrient absorption and growth. I am interested in the potential to examine the interaction between the gut microbiome and intestinal function using organ-on-a-chip technologies.


Publications of specific relevance to Predictive in vitro Models


Robertson RC (2020). The Gut Microbiome in Child Malnutrition. Nestle Nutr Inst Workshop Ser  vol. 93, 133-144. 10.1159/000503352


Prendergast AJ, Gharpure R, Mor S, Viney M, Dube K, Lello J, Berger C, Siwila J, Joyeux M, Hodobo T, Hurt L, Brown T, Hoto P, Tavengwa N, Mutasa K, Craddock S, Chasekwa B, Robertson RC, Evans C, Chidhanguro D, Mutasa B, Majo F, Smith LE, Hirai M, Ntozini R, Humphrey JH and Berendes D (2019). Putting the “A” into WaSH: a call for integrated management of water, animals, sanitation, and hygiene. Elsevier  Lancet Planetary Health  vol. 3, (8) e336-e337. 10.1016/S2542-5196(19)30129-9
Robertson RC, Manges AR, Finlay BB and Prendergast AJ (2019). The Human Microbiome and Child Growth – First 1000 Days and Beyond. Trends in Microbiology  vol. 27, (2) 131-147. 10.1016/j.tim.2018.09.008
BOURKE CD, PRENDERGAST A and ROBERTSON R (2019). Health Outcomes, Pathogenesis and Epidemiology of Severe Acute Malnutrition (HOPE-SAM): rationale and methods of a longitudinal observational study. Bmj Journals  Bmj Open  10.1136/bmjopen-2018-023077


Robertson RC, Kaliannan K, Strain CR, Ross RP, Stanton C and Kang JX (2018). Maternal omega-3 fatty acids regulate offspring obesity through persistent modulation of gut microbiota. Springer Science and Business Media Llc  Microbiome  vol. 6, (1) 10.1186/s40168-018-0476-6


Robertson RC, Seira Oriach C, Murphy K, Moloney GM, Cryan JF, Dinan TG, Ross RP and Stanton C (2017). Deficiency of essential dietary n-3 PUFA disrupts the caecal microbiome and metabolome in mice. Cambridge University Press (Cup)  British Journal of Nutrition  vol. 118, (11) 959-970. 10.1017/s0007114517002999
Robertson RC, Seira Oriach C, Murphy K, Moloney GM, Cryan JF, Dinan TG, Paul Ross R and Stanton C (2017). Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids critically regulate behaviour and gut microbiota development in adolescence and adulthood. Elsevier Bv  Brain, Behavior, and Immunity  vol. 59, 21-37. 10.1016/j.bbi.2016.07.145


Oriach CS, Robertson RC, Stanton C, Cryan JF and Dinan TG (2016). Food for thought: The role of nutrition in the microbiota-gut–brain axis. Elsevier Bv  Clinical Nutrition Experimental  vol. 6, 25-38. 10.1016/j.yclnex.2016.01.003


Pusceddu MM, Nolan YM, Green HF, Robertson RC, Stanton C, Kelly P, Cryan JF and Dinan TG (2015). The Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) Reverses Corticosterone-Induced Changes in Cortical Neurons. Oxford University Press (Oup)  International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology  pyv130-pyv130. 10.1093/ijnp/pyv130


Ordovás JM, Robertson R and Cléirigh EN (2011). Gene–gene and gene–environment interactions defining lipid-related traits. Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health)  Current Opinion in Lipidology  vol. 22, (2) 129-136. 10.1097/mol.0b013e32834477a9


Grants of specific relevance to Predictive in vitro Models
META-SAM (Metagenomics and Metabolomics of Severe Acute Malnutrition)
Robertson RC
£250,000 Wellcome Trust (01-09-2017 - 01-09-2021)