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

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    1994 …2021

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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

     

     

    Education

    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

     

     

    Activities

    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

     

     

    Supervision

    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

     

     

    Teaching

    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

    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

    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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