Nutrition and Metabolism Research Group

The Nutrition and Metabolism group is part of the Centre for Public Health and its programme of research is allied to the strategy of the Centre. The group consists of 7 members of academic staff, 6 members of technical staff, 6 post-doctoral research fellows and around 20 postgraduate students. Research is based in recently renovated laboratories and is focused on how diet and lifestyle factors may affect chronic disease risk, including obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, with the ultimate aim of translating findings into improvements in both patient care and healthcare policy. A number of research approaches are used, including population-, clinical- and laboratory-based, with particular emphasis on biomarker identification and assessment, and dietary intervention studies, including supplementation studies. Current research funding is from the Food Standards Agency, Medical Research Council, Northern Ireland Research and Development Office, Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland, and Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke. The Nutrition and Metabolism group has a 100% record of MPhil and PhD students completing their postgraduate studies. Researchers within the Nutrition and Metabolism group work within a multi-disciplinary network of national and international collaborators.

The current academic staff members of the Nutrition and Metabolism group are outlined below with links to their specific research interests :

Professor Sheena Lewis
Dr Valerie Holmes

Dr Jane McEneny
Dr Ann McGinty
Dr Michelle McKinley
Dr Jayne Woodside
Professor Ian Young

  • Dr Finola Ferry
  • Dr Lisa Maguire
  • Dr Gillian W. Shorter (née Smith)
  • Professor Mike Clarke