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Personal profile

Teaching Responsibilities:

2005-2012      MSc Course coordinator “Gene-nutrient interactions”

2010-2012       MSc programme coordinator, MSc Molecular Nutrition

2014-2016      MSc Course coordinator, “Human nutrition & metabolism”

2014-2016      MSc  Course coordinator, “research project in human nutrition”

2018-present   MSc Course coordinator, “Assessment of nutritional status”


External examining:


13 PhD examined since 2011, from Universtity of Southampton, Queen University Belfast, University of reading, Queen Margaret University, Heriott Watt University, Ulster University, Aston University, University Claude Bernard (Lyon, france), University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain).

Academic programmes:

  • External Examiner for undergraduate and post graduate programmes, Glasgow Caledonian University (2008-2012)
  • External Examiner for undergraduate and post graduate programmes, Queen’s Margaret University (2009-2013).
  • External Examiner for undergraduate and post graduate programmes, Northumbria University (2012-2016)
  • External Examiner for undergraduate and post graduate programmes, Ulster University (2017-2021)


Research Profile

Research Interests:

Mainly focus on the influence of various dietary components on cardiovascular function and cardiovascular risk, using Human intervention studies in healthy individuals and patients, supported by in vitro work for the mechanistic aspects. key interest include:

- impact of dietary carotenoids, whole grains, fatty acids, vit D on cardiovascular health

- identification of novel disease biomarkers

- nutrient-immune function interactions

- lifestyle interventions to improve cardiovascular health

 Activities-markers of esteem:

National/international workshops:

  • Member, National workshop on fruits and vegetables and cardiovascular disease, Department of Health  [2011]


  • Member, international work shop on oats production,processing and health benefits, New York city, USA  [2012]
  • Chair, “Fibres, wholegrains and Health - a workshop on benefits in cardiovascular disease and cancer", Sao Paulo, Brazil. [2014]

Learned societies/scientific advisory bodies;

  • Member, Council, Scottish section of the Nutrition Society                   [2010- 2016]
  • Member, Council, The Nutrition Society                                           [2012-2014]
  • Chair, Scottish Nutrition Society Council                                               [2012-2015]
  • Member, Scientific Committee, Nutrition Society                                  [2012-2015]
  • Trustee, Nutrition Society                                                                  [2015-2018]
  • Trustee and Honorary Science Officer, Nutrition Society                      [2018-2021]
  • Panel on Nutrition, Novel foods and  food Allergens (NDA), European Food safety Agency (EFSA), member  [2018-2024]                                                                                        
  • Working group on health claims, EFSA, member                               [2018-2024]
  • Treasurer and Trustee, European Federation of Nutrition Societies (FENS) [2019-2023]      
  • Trustee, Academy of Nutrition Sciences                                              [2019-2022]

Conference ornasisation/ Chair:

  • Chair, Scientific Committee and organiser, Scottish                              [2013]

         Section Nutrition Society Meeting, Glasgow

  • Chair, Scientific Committee and organising commitee,                       [2014]

          Nutrition Society international summer meeting

  • Chair, symposium and oral communication sessions, Glasgow             [2014]
  • Chair, Scientific committee and oral communication sessions,              [2016]

          Nutrition Society Spring meeting, Edinburgh

  • Chair, Scientific committee and oral communication sessions,              [2016]

          Nutrition Society Summer meeting, UCD Dublin         

  • Chair, organising committee and plenary/symposium,                           [2020]

          Nutrition Society Summer meeting, NSLive 2020

  • Chair, symposium on Changing immune function through nutrition        [2021]                

          Summer metting of the nutrition Society

  • Panel judge for STEM 2021, Bioscience section                                     [2021]


  1. “Effect of Regular Mealtime Inclusion of Oat Containing Products on Glycaemic Response and Postprandial Inflammation in Early Type 2 Diabetes” by Susan Christina McGeoch, Awarded October 2011
  2. “Improving Insulin Sensitivity and Preventing Diabetes by Altering Muscle Membrane Fatty Acid Composition” byLouise Frances Clark, Awarded October 2014
  3. “Effects of Oat Products on Human Colonic Health” by Andrew John Chappell (Co-lead) October 2015
  4. The Effects of Nitrite on Muscle Metabolic Efficiency and its Relevance to Cardiac Disease” by Maria Ntessalen (Co-supervisor), November 2015
  5. Modulation of Dimethylarginine Dimethylaminohydrolase (DDAH) as a Therapeutic Target in Neurodegenerative Disorders” by Sara Tommasi (Co-supervisor), awarded July 2016.
  6. ”Influence of short chain fatty acids on blood pressure regulation”, by Karolin Musz, awarded April 2017.
  7.  “Investigating the effects of dietary-derived and sunlight-derived vitamin D3 on markers of immune function” by Wakuny Ambo Maboshe, awarded May 2018.
  8. Marine-derived n-3 fatty acids: a potential therapeutic target for stroke? by Celia Alvarez-Campano, awarded 25 May 2020
  9. Study and impact of zinc in haemostasis by Sumya Um-May, awarded 28th September 2020







Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Life Sciences & Medicine, PhD, Impact of polyunsaturated fatty acid metabolism on celluler metabolism, University of Burgundy

Award Date: 15 Nov 1991

Life Sciences & Medicine, Masters Degree, Impact of cholesteryl ester fatty acid moiety on steroidogenesis, University of Burgundy

Award Date: 30 Jun 1988

Life Sciences & Medicine, Bachelors Degree, cellular biology and nutrition, University of Burgundy

Award Date: 30 Jun 1987

External positions

Visiting Professor, Robert Gordon University

1 Jun 202131 May 2024


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