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    metabolic health, cell biology, cell signalling, cell line engineering, molecular biology

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    Employment History

    2015-present: Senior Research Fellow [band 8], Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

    2010-2015: Research Fellow [band 7], Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

    2006-2010:  Principal Investigator [band 4], Rowett Research Institute, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

    2002-2005: Principal Investigator [band 4], Hannah Research Institute, Ayr, Scotland, UK

    1997-2001: Investigator [band 5], Cell Physiology Group, Hannah Research Institute, Ayr, Scotland, UK

    1992-1997: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute of Virology and Microbiology University of Wurzburg, Germany

    1989-1992: Ph.D. student, Institute of Virology, Helmholtz Research Centre, Munich-Neuherberg, Germany




    1989-1992: Ph.D. Genetics, University of Munich

    1989-1991: MSc Biotechnology, Technical University of Munich, Germany

    1983-1989: Diploma Biology, Technical University of Munich, Germany



    Research Interests

    My expertise is in the areas of biochemistry, cell biology, and molecular biology. My main research interests include:

    • Cell-based assays as tools to detect toxic and beneficial chemical activities
    • Cell line engineering for the development of high throughput assays
    • Interactions of the gut microbiome with metabolic signalling
    • Health-promoting and toxic activities of natural chemicals
    • Long-term health effects of nutritional interventions mediated by epigenetic mechanisms




    2019-present     Postgraduate Research Coordinator, Rowett Institute

    2016-present     Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy

    2012-present     Member of Aberdeen Centre for Energy Regulation & Obesity [ACERO]

    2006-present     Member, Scottish Cardiovascular Forum [SCF]

    2001-present     Personal License holder for animal experimentation in mice

    2003-present     Project License holder




    Current students:

    Vala Pupovci, University of Aberdeen, “Algae as food – cutting out the middle man”, MSc Clinical Nutrition, 1.4.21-30.9.21

    Salma Khattak, University of Aberdeen, “Plant-based protein or animal-based protein: which is providing more potential health benefits?”, MSc Clinical Nutrition, 1.4.21-30.9.21

    Tatiana Dovgan, University of Aberdeen: “The impact of soft-fruit phytochemicals on the gut microbiome and bile acid metabolism” Ph.D. Cell Biology, 1.10.20-30.9.2024

    Amane Adel Alaroud, University of Aberdeen: “Identification of natural chemicals as anti-aging compounds and their delivery using nanoparticles” Ph.D. Biochemistry, 1.2.2020-31.1.23

    Khulod Hasaballah, University of Aberdeen: “Nutrition in early life regulates adipose tissue function and determines susceptibility to obesity - an investigation of the underlying mechanisms” Ph.D. Cell Biology, 1.4.19-31.3.22


    Total students supervised (including current):

    Post-Docs: 5

    PhD: 10

    MSc: 16

    Honours: 10




    2016-present: Student Selected Components in Medicine [ME2511]

    2016-present: Research Skills for Medical Sciences [SM2501]

    2015-present: Foundation Skills for Medical Sciences [SM2001]

    2015-2017: Invertebrate Biology [BI2012]

    2015-2017: Genes & Evolution [BI2017]

    2012-present: Medical Genetic Course [GN3502], University of Aberdeen

    2011-present: 6th Century Course [SX1516], University of Aberdeen

    2006-present: Supervisor of lab-based projects in Medical Molecular Genetics, Human Nutrition, and Clinical Nutrition at MSc and Honours level, University of Aberdeen

    Education/Academic qualification

    Biological Sciences, PhD, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

    1 Jul 198931 Jul 1992

    Award Date: 31 Jan 1994

    Biological Sciences, Masters Degree, Technical University of Munich

    1 Nov 198930 Nov 1991

    Award Date: 30 Nov 1991

    Biological Sciences, Diploma, Technical University of Munich

    1 Nov 198330 Jun 1989

    Award Date: 30 Jun 1989


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