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Meet the team

The Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences is staffed by a faculty of world-leading experts from disciplines spanning every aspect of the field. At the forefront of research in their fields, our team are dedicated to a healthier future.

Head of Department

Professor Richard Frazier

Executive Support Administrator

Michelle Phillips

 Academic staff

Name Position and responsibilities Research interests
Dr Emma Bennett Lecturer in Food and Nutritional Sciences Food security, food sustainability, plant yield, plant physiology, education

Professor Dimitris Charalampopoulos

Professor in Food Biotechnology; Research Division Lead

Valorisation of food processing waste, industrial biotechnology, production of functional foods, encapsulation of probiotic bacteria
Dr Afroditi Chatzifragkou Lecturer in Food Processing; Programme Director, MSc Food Science and MSc Food Technology - Quality Assurance Bioprocessing, food waste, microbial fermentations, biotechnology
Dr Qiaofen Cheng International Student Tutor; International Partnerships Manager; Study Abroad Coordinator Meat processing technology, carcinogen formation in meat products, salt and fat reduction
Dr Miriam Clegg Lecturer in Nutritional Sciences

Appetite and food intake, energy expenditure, dietary fats

Dr Stephen Elmore Senior Research Fellow, Flavour Centre Flavour chemistry, analysis of small organic molecules
Dr Colette Fagan Associate Professor in Food Processing; Head of the Food Processing Centre; Programme Director, BSc Food Science and BSc Food Technology with Bioprocessing Food processing, dairy science and technology, process analytical technology
Professor Richard Frazier Professor of Food Science; Head of Department

Food protein biochemistry: the functional role of proteins at interfaces in food and biological systems; the role of protein-polyphenol interactions in the bioactivity of plant polyphenols.

Food science applications of neutron reflectometry
Professor Glenn Gibson
Professor of Food Microbiology; Head of Food Microbial Sciences Unit Gut microbiology, prebiotics, probiotics
Dr Kim Jackson  Senior Research Fellow, Human Nutrition; Chair of the Hugh Sinclair Clinical Unit Management Committee Impact of diet on body composition and cardiometabolic disease, effects of meal fatty acids on triacylglycerol-rich lipoprotein metabolism and insulin resistance, influence of genotype on lipid metabolism and vascular function, acute effects of dietary fats and phytochemicals on vascular reactivity, development of mathematical models of postprandial lipoprotein metabolism
Dr Paula Jauregi Associate Professor Production of bioproducts that can be used as functional food ingredients and non-food bioproducts (including biosurfactants), development of novel separation methods and/or processes and the investigation of the mechanisms underpinning the separations, nanoencapsulation of food bioactives
Dr Vimal Karani  Lecturer in Nutrigenetics; Programme Director, BSc Nutrition and Food Science and BSc Nutrition with Food Consumer Sciences Gene-nutrient interactions on metabolic- and cardiovascular disease- related outcomes using combined approaches from genetic epidemiology, statistical genetics and molecular biology
Dr Andreas Karatzas Associate Professor of Food Microbiology Molecular mechanisms of stress resistance of bacterial foodborne pathogens and gut microorganisms; glutamate and amino acid decarboxylase systems
Professor Orla Kennedy Professor in Public Health Nutrition; Teaching and Learning Dean Food choice and appetite
Dr Gunter Kuhnle  Associate Professor in Nutrition and Health; Director of Teaching and Learning Dietary assessment, nutritional biomarkers, public health
Dr Marie Lewis Lecturer in Gut Immunology and Microbiology; Director of Postgraduate Research Studies; Head of Flow Cytometry Centre Intestinal bacteria influence on the development of the immune system
Dr Stella Lignou Lecturer in Sensory and Consumer Science Flavour chemistry
Professor Julie Lovegrove
Hugh Sinclair Professor of Human Nutrition; Head of the Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition; Deputy Director of the Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research (ICMR) Dietary fats, carbohydrates, flavonoids, cardiometabolic risk, nutrient-gene interaction
Dr Nikos Mavroudis Associate Professor in Food Quality and Regulation; Programme Director, BSc Food Science with Business  
Professor Lisa Methven
Professor in Food and Sensory Science; Head of Food Research Group Sensory science, taste and flavour chemistry and perception, the effects of age on sensory perception, individual differences in sensory perception, the effects of plant phytochemicals on consumer acceptance 
Dr Charlotte Mills Hugh Sinclair Lecturer in Nutritional Sciences Maximising the cardiometabolic health impact of plant bioactives
Professor Keshavan Niranjan

Professor of Food Bioprocessing;

Director of International Collaborations
Food engineering, bubble containing foods, high pressure processing, food packaging for functionality and sustainability, frying, aqueous and enzymatic edible oil extraction
Dr Maria Oruna-Concha Lecturer in Food Chemistry; Admissions Tutor (Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught); Social Networking Coordinator Flavour formation (via Maillard reaction), analysis of food components contributing to taste (including umami & kokumi), analysis and characterization of phytochemicals, recovery of functional ingredients from waste streams, acrylamide
Dr Jane Parker Associate Professor; Flavour Centre Manager Flavour chemistry (particularly industry related projects), flavour analysis, GC-Olfactometry, reaction mechanisms for Maillard reaction, lipid degradation, acrylamide formation, optimisation of aroma, mathematical modelling of flavour formation pathways, interaction of aroma compounds with the food matrix, kinetics, smoke
Professor Bob Rastall

Professor of Food Biotechnology;

Head of Outreach and Enterprise
Prebiotics, probiotics, gut microbial ecology, enzyme technology, carbohydrate bioengineering
Dr Julia Rodriguez Garcia Lecturer in Food Science and Technology Structure, physical properties, bakery, reformulation
Professor Jeremy Spencer Professor of Nutritional Biochemistry and Medicine; Programme Director, MSc Nutrition and Food Science Dietary phytochemicals and brain function; Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease; flavonoids and other (poly)phenols and their influence on brain health
Professor Carol Wagstaff

Professor in Crop Quality for Health; Director of AgriFood Training Partnership; Impact Lead; Head of School of Chemistry, Food & Pharmacy

Quality of food, including the nutritional value, appearance, flavour and shelf life, helping consumers make healthy dietary choices, phytochemicals and food matrices; gut health; crops and yield improvement
Dr Gemma Walton

Lecturer in Metagenomics;

Examinations Officer 
Gut health, microbiome, prebiotics and probiotics, iron metabolism, equine microbiota
Dr Anisha Wijeyesekera Lecturer in Human Microbiome Studies

Molecular phenotyping, gut microbiota-host interactions, diet and age associated health outcomes

Professor Parveen Yaqoob Professor of Nutritional Physiology; Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation Diet, immunity, inflammation, vascular function 

Centres, Networks and Partnerships

Name Position and Responsibilities Location
Dr Dimitrios Balagiannis Research Fellow Flavour Centre
Dr Sameer Khalil Ghawi Food Technologist

Food Processing Centre

Sarah Hargreaves Hugh Sinclair Unit Manager Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition
Kelly Jarrett Hugh Sinclair Unit Manager Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition
Karen Jenkins Research Nurse Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition
Fiona Lee Administrative Coordinator

AgriFood Training Partnership

Dr Natalie Masento

Postdoctoral Research Fellow - The Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health, and EIT Food

 
Barbara Mason Project Manager

AgriFood Training Partnership

Rada Mihaylova Research Nurse Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition
Dr Carlos Poveda Turrado Research Technician Flow Cytometry Facility
Dr Jane Westwell  Scientific Network Manager FoodWasteNet                                                 

Research and Teaching

Name Position and Responsibilities Research interests
Dr Keith Allen-Redpath Postdoctoral Research Assistant Thrombosis and haemostasis, cardiovascular disease, vascular function and diet
Dr Martin Chadwick Postdoctoral Research Associate Sensory science, analytical chemistry, food security and sustainability
Giannoula Chatzidiakou Research Technician Human nutrition
Kate Currie Research Technician Human nutrition
Rui Ding Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Physical properties of foods system, emulsions and competitive adsorption, rheology, Theoretical Modelling: Self-Consistent-Field (SCF) calculations

Dr Bogdan Dobraszczyk Postdoctoral Research Assistant  
Dr Georgina Dodd Postdoctoral Research Associate; Hugh Sinclair Unit Management Committee Member Nutrition and cognition, polyphenols, cognition, neuroscience, ageing
Dr Rosalind Fallaize Postdoctoral Research Assistant Human nutrition
Andrea Gacsalyi Research Technician Human nutrition
Dr Veronica Giacintucci Postdoctoral Research Associate Food product development, functional and physical properties of ingredients and their impact on structure, perception on flavour and sensory properties
Polyxeni Giannorou Research Assistant  
Dr Nicola Gray Postdoctoral Research Assistant Nutritional biomarker development, metabolomics, chromatography, mass spectrometry
Dr Vasiliki Kachrimanidou Postdoctoral Research Associate Gut microbiology, biotechnology, microbial bioconversions
Dr Konstantina Kourmentza Postdoctoral Research Assistant Biological conversion of waste by-products to high value-added fuels (biohydrogen), biodegradable materials (polyhydroxyalkanoates, bioemulsifiers, bacterial cellulose), and chemicals (biosurfactants, bioplasticizers). Integration of new bio-active antimicrobial and antioxidant compounds into bio-based and compostable flexible plastic packages to extend shelf life
Dr Athanasios Koutsos Postdoctoral Research Assistant Human nutrition
Angelica Kristek Research Assistant  
Tiffany Lau Postdoctoral Research Associate  
Dr Fei Lu Postdoctoral Research Associate Food chemistry, product development, functional food ingredients
Dr Giulia Mancano Postdoctoral Research Associate NMR metabolomics
Dr Plinio Minghin Freitas Ferreira Postdoctoral Research Associate Platelet biology, extracelullar vesicles, fatty acids
Dr Marina Mora Ortiz Postdoctoral Research Associate Interactions between host-gut microbiota and the development of diseases, with a special focus in Type 2 diabetes
Dr Justine Muller Postdoctoral Research Assistant Food product formulation and development, food processing technology
Adel Omar Postdoctoral Research Associate Food processing, dairy science and technology, flavour chemistry, structure, physical properties, bakery, reformulation, food product development
Aikaterini Papadopoulou Research Assistant  
Dr Parvathy Prabhakumari Postdoctoral Research Associate Functional food ingredients, development and applications of biodegradable polymers
Rose-Anna Pushpass Research Assistant  
Bindukala Radha Research Technician  
Dr Arvind Salunkhe Postdoctoral Research Associate  
Dr Gessica Serra Postdoctoral Research Assistant Human nutrition

Dr Kleopatra Tsatsaragkou

Postdoctoral Research Assistant Food product development, physical properties of bakery products, sensory science
Erin Wallace Research Assistant Design research, participatory research methods, co-design and co-creation, creative methods and generative workshops
Dr Michelle Weech Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dietary fat and cardiovascular disease risk
Dr Xirui Zhou Postdoctoral Research Assistant Individual differences in sensory perception and influence of sensory perception on appetite

Professor Emeritus & Visiting Professors and Fellows

Name Title

Professor Paul Berryman

Visiting Professor

Professor Gordon Birch

Professor Emeritus of Food Chemistry

Professor Geoffrey Campbell-Platt

Professor Emeritus of Food Technology

Professor Julian Cooper

Visiting Professor

Professor Mike Gordon Professor Emeritus of Food Chemistry
Dr Alistair Grandison Honorary Fellow
Professor Tony Hines Visiting Professor
Professor Basil Jarvis Visiting Professor
Dr David Jukes Honorary Fellow
Professor David Ledward Professor Emeritus of Food Science
Dr Mike Lewis Honorary Fellow
Professor Hal MacFie Visiting Professor
Dr Oonagh Markey Visiting Fellow
Professor Don Mottram Professor Emeritus of Food Chemistry
Professor David Richardson Visiting Professor
Professor Ian Rowland Professor Emeritus of Human Nutrition
Professor David Schofield Professor Emeritus of Cereal Biochemistry
Dr Rebecca Smith Visiting Fellow
Professor David Thomson Visiting Professor
Andrew Wilbey Honorary Fellow

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