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Pleural effusions

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Pleural effusion, sometimes referred to as “water on the lungs,” is the build-up of excess fluid between the layers of the pleura outside the lungs.


The pleura are thin membranes that line the lungs and the inside of the chest cavity and act to lubricate and facilitate breathing.

The objective of this research is to improve and increase the utility of metabolomics within clinical settings, for the detection and differentiation of respiratory diseases using pleural effusions.

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Professor Nick Maskell

Pleural effusions

University of Bristol

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Dr. Rahul Bhatnagar

Pleural effusions

University of Bristol

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Miss Katie Love

Doctoral student

Katie is currently a 3rd year PhD student at Aberystwyth University, Wales, UK. Her research is focused on using flow-infusion mass spectrometry to discover biomarkers in respiratory disease, with a focus on pleural effusions. Prior to her PhD, Katie earned her BSc Hons in Genetics and Human Health, going on to gain experience in researching host/pathogen interactions in malaria, along with working in the medical device industry and diagnostics services in autoimmune disorders.