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Research Interests

Research aims are to address major challenges in the food supply system and include:

  • Food Innovation and Reformulation for Climate and Health
  • Protein Provision for the Future
  • Wild Relatives of Domestic Crops for Improved Nutrition
  • Revalorisation of Agri-Food Waste Streams
  • Neglected and Underutilised Plant Species for Food Security
  • Dietary Metabolites and Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Role of Wild Species in improving Bio- and Dietary Diversity



2017 Food and Drink Federation ‘Scientist of the Year’

2017 NIH/NCI Spotlight Researcher

2015-current Expert Chair: Efficacy of Intervention in Metabolic Syndrome, ILSI

2013-2014 Expert Chair: Nutritional Modulation of Postprandial Glycaemia, ILSI

2016-2020 Convenor, Food Systems Group (AAB)

2014-current Member, Food Group (Royal Society of Chemistry)

2021-current UK Representative, Food Chemistry Group (European Chemical Society)

2014 Panel Chair for the European Council; FP7 Programme Review

2021 Expert Panel Member/Chair BBSRC  - Transforming UK Food System

2020 Expert Panel Member MRC – Newton Value for Money Assessment

2019 Expert Panel Member MRC - UK-Peru: Food, Health and Nutrition

2009-2018 Expert Panel Member Academy of Finland

2019 Expert Mid-Term Review BBSRC QIB

2019 Expert Panel Novo Nordisk Fonden; Challenge Program

2016-current ISA Scientific Advisory Committee

2014-current Associate Editor, Microbiome Editor, Food and Nutrition Research



PhD Students (current)

Verena Schmid:  Pasture-Associated Laminitis: Grass Roots

Ashley Ward: Pasture-Associated Laminitis: Digesting the Dilemma

Olivia Watt: Genetic determinants of plant bioactive production

Ajay Iyer: Underutilised plant protein sources for the future

Michael Solvang: Microbial utilisation of complex carbohydrates

Aliu Moomin: Anti-diabetic and antihypertensive effects of T. ivorensis



MSc Foundations of Human Nutrition

MSc Molecular Nutrition

UG World of Foods

MSc Research Methods

MSc Global Nutrition

MSc Clinical Nutrition

MOOC on Health and Wellbeing

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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Other, PhD, PhD Natural Product Chemistry

1 Oct 199430 Apr 1998

Award Date: 30 Apr 1998

Other, Bachelors Degree, BSc Chemistry, University of Bristol

1 Oct 199230 Jun 1994

Award Date: 30 Jun 1994


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