Naomi works at the Human Nutrition Research Centre and Institute of Cellular Medicine, Newcastle University. She is currently involved in two non-clinical trials on carbohydrates and gut health and using metabolomics to assess dietary intake.
The MAIN study, funded by the Medical Research Council, aims 1) to discover small molecules (metabolites) in urine and blood which reflect habitual consumption of specific foods or food groups important for public health and 2) to validate an efficient population urine sampling procedure suitable for epidemiological studies. This project is a collaboration between Newcastle University, Aberystwyth University and Imperial College London.
She is also part
of The DISC study, funded by the Diet
and Health Research Industry Club (DRINC) initiative led by the BBSRC, which
aims to investigate the impact of non-digestible carbohydrates on
biomarkers of gastrointestinal health. This project is a collaboration between
Newcastle University and the Institute of Food Research, Norwich.
Naomi gained her PhD from the School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Durham University investigating the role of nuclear lamina proteins in the development and progression of colorectal cancer. As part of her project, she spent time working at Maastricht University, The Netherlands.
Delivered "Discover DNA" workshops at the British Science Festival, 2013 and the Bang Goes the Borders Science Festival, Scotland, 2012 and 2013 to engage all ages in molecular biology.
Newcastle University Institute for Ageing
Infrastructure and Operations Committee, Campus for Ageing and Vitality, Newcastle University
Biomarkers of dietary exposure
Diet and Cancer
Prevention and early detection of colorectal cancer
Diet-responsive biomarkers of gut health
Biomarkers of colorectal cancer risk and colonic stem cells
Effect of carbohydrates on gut physiology
Nutritional and Physical Activity Epidemiology
Patterns of dietary intake, physical activity and sedentary behaviour and their relationship with cardiovascular health, type 2 diabetes (T2D) and obesity
Gene x environment interactions and risk of cardiovascular disease, T2D and obesity
Identification of metabolomic biomarkers to assess dietary exposure in free-living adults. Funded by: MRC
non-digestible carbohydrates of biomarkers of gastrointestinal health: a human
Funded by: BBSRC
Management of non-cTIMP human intervention studies
Cell biology (cell culture & transfection; whole crypt microdissection and crypt cell kinetics; preparation, preservation and archiving of biological samples; immunohistochemistry; immunofluorescence; confocal microscopy; live cell imaging; scratch wound assays; flow cytometry; micronucleus assay)
Molecular biology (RNA isolation; RT-PCR; RNAi; DNA extraction & purification; PCR primer design; DNA microarray analysis; ELISA; western blotting)
Genetics / epigenetics (SNP genotyping; pyrosequencing)
BSc Biological Sciences, 2nd year - Stem cells and biotechnology, Durham University, UK, 2008-2009.
BSc Biomedical Sciences, 3rd year - Developmental neurology, Durham University, UK, 2008-2009.
MBBS Medicine, 1st year - Microanatomy + histology practical classes (100 students), Durham University, UK, 2008-2009.