Co-FundersThe co-founders of Zinc-Net (from left to right): Lothar Rink, Nicola Lowe, Imre Lengyel and Mike Watkinson.


NICOLA LOWE is COST Action Chair and Professor of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Central Lancashire. Her primary area of research is micronutrient metabolism with a particular focus on zinc. She has worked on numerous international research projects and is author of over 50 peer-reviewed publications.

LOTHAR RINK is COST Action Vice-Chair, Professor of Immunology and Head of the Institute of Immunology, RWTH Aachen University. His research interests include the immunobiology of zinc and immunogerontology.

IMRE LENGYEL works on the role of zinc and other metals in the eye and in the brain. His original idea of setting up Zinc-UK led eventually to the development of Zinc-Net. Imre works at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology in London and carries out work at the bench and on patients at the bedside.

MIKE WATKINSON is a synthetic chemist with interests in the design and synthesis of small molecule molecular probes for the fluorescent detection of zinc. He works in The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary, University of London where he is also Deputy Dean for Research.