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1981 …2022

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Research Profile

Research Interests:

My research interests are in the nutrition and physiological systems controlling food intake and energy balance.


 Key interests include:

  • the role of fibre as a nutritional regulator
  • gut microbiome-brain interactions
  • the role of biological rhythms in nutritional responses
  • the neuroendocrine system as the master controller



  • Director of the Rowett Institute (1999-2021)
  • Quadrum Institute Bioscience, Trustee and Board member (2017-)
  • Editorial Board member and Senior Review Editors for the Journal of Neuroendocrinology (2012-)
  • MRC led UK Nutrition Research Partnership for health and disease (UK NRP) panel member (2018-)
  • Executive Chair of SEFARI and Chair of Director’s Executive 2016-2017
  • Scottish Food Commission Member (2015-2018)



Swang Shallangwa (2017-2022) ‘The relationship between fibre, antioxidants, gut microbiome and energy balance in rats’ (working title).

Matthew Dalby (2012-2016) ‘The Role Of The Intestinal Microbiota In The Modulation Of Food Intake And Body Weight’

Rebecca Anne Dumbell (2010-2014) ‘The Role Of The Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Growth Axis In Seasonal And Exercise Stimulated Growth In The Siberian Hamster (Phodopus Sungorus)’.

Education/Academic qualification

Biological Sciences, PhD

Award Date: 1 Oct 1981


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