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Research Interests

My research interests lie in evaluating the relationships between diet, health, and wellbeing, using clinical trials, cellular models and secondary population data within a translational framework. Key examples include:

  • Macro and microeconomic drivers of nutrition and health security
  • Soft fruit consumption, cardio-metabolic risk, and heart health
  • Fruit and vegetable intake and heart health
  • Plant-based diets and immune function
  • Antioxidant responses of plant-based diets to physiological stress


  • Registered nutritionist, UKVRN
  • Member of the Nutrition Society
  • Committee member, School of Medicine Ethics Review Board, University of Aberdeen
  • Reviewer for peer-reviewed journals (e.g. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Phytochemistry, European Food Research and Technology, Trends in Food Science and Technology, British Journal of Nutrition)
  • Associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy


  • MSc student, Clinical Pharmacology student, 2019. The effect of berry anthocyanins on vascular inflammation in activated human umbilical vein endothelial cells
  • MSc student, Cardiovascular Science and Diabetes, 2019. A mechanistic investigation of the role of berry bioactives on the regulation of cellular stress and endothelial dysfunction in the vascular system
  • MSc student, Nutrition, 2015. Adaptive responses of dietary phytochemicals to cellular stress.


  • MSc course leader (Foundations of Nutrition), 2015-2019
  • Course contributor on MSc Human Nutrition and online course Nutrition and Health Through the Life Stages (2016-) 

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

Life Sciences & Medicine, PhD, Robert Gordon University

1 Oct 20031 Apr 2007

Award Date: 1 May 2007

Life Sciences & Medicine, Bachelors Degree, Robert Gordon University

1 Sep 19991 May 2003

Award Date: 2 Jun 2003


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