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Dr Jose Luis Flores-Guerrero
Floor 5
1-19 Torrington Place
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  • Research Fellow
  • MRC Unit for Lifelong Hlth & Ageing
  • Population Science & Experimental Medicine
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Academic background


Jose Luis currently holds a Research Fellow position at UCL and is based within the MRC Unit of Lifelong Health and Ageing. He received his PhD from the University of Groningen based within the University Medical Center Groningen in The Netherlands. Jose Luis was awarded an MD degree with honours from the Benemerita Autonoma de Puebla (Mexico) in 2013 and an MSc in Medical Sciences Diabetes from the University of Glasgow in 2016.

Jose Luis has been supported by several funding institutions to conduct his research, for instance: The Finnish Government Scholarship Pool, The European Association for the Study of Diabetes, The National Council for Science and Technology of Mexico, The University of Glasgow, The University Medical Center Groningen, among others.

He is currently an associate editor of Frontiers in Public Health and a regular peer-reviewer in several journals e.g. BMJ, JAHA, BMC Medicine, etc.

Academia & STEM engagement

Jose Luis founded the second Spanish speaking Journal club within the network ReproducibilyTea, which has a presence in more than 150 universities worldwide. 

He also founded the mentorship program The New Scientist Mentor, which aims to bring together students from STEM careers from Mexico, with researchers (both Latinxs and Internationals) working in Europe.

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His research is broadly focused on determinants of cardiometabolic disease. Jose Luis uses observational data of long-term cohorts to understand the aetiology of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and its complications

During his PhD, Jose Luis investigated the prospective association of novel biomarkers such as Trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) and Branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) with the incidence of cardiometabolic diseases (i.e. diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease) as well as the development of diabetes complications.

Jose Luis is currently working with data from the oldest of the British birth cohort studies, the National Survey of Health and Development (NSHD) cohort that uniquely combine repeated measurements of exercise capacity, heart rate response to objectively measured-physical activity in free-living conditions, cardiovascular and brain imaging, cognitive function and socio-economic indices. His aim is to investigate the life course determinants of heart rate response to exercise and exercise capacity and its association with subclinical and clinical cardiometabolic outcomes.

Jose Luis also spent time working as an external collaborator with the National Institute of Astrophysics Optics and Electronics (Mexico) working in the study of non-invasive technology for the early detection of diabetes and its complications using Raman spectroscopy.

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