I received my first Degree in Food and Human Nutrition from the University of Newcastle in 1999 and a PhD in Molecular Biology in 2002. I believe the combination of these two disciplines represents a powerful approach through which to increase understanding of the relationship between diet and health. I have research interests in nutrient gene interactions with a particular focus on zinc and fluoride.
PhD, BSc, Registered Nutritionist (R.Nutr), Postgraduate Certificate: Academic and Professional Learning,
Lecturer: Molecular Biology. Northumbria University, Division of Biological and Food Science, School of Applied Sciences.
Post Doctoral Research Associate. University of Newcastle. The molecular basis of differential intestinal and placental responses to zinc nutrition.
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
The Nutrition Society
The European Nutrigenomics Organisation (NuGO)
International Society for Zinc Biology (ISZB)
2002: First prize awarded for abstract submitted to International Society for Trace Element Research in Humans (ISTERH) VI International Conference ‘Trace element research for a new century’. Quebec city, Canada.
2001: Young Physiologist Symposium Prize awarded for oral communication at the Young Physiologist’s Symposium ‘Membrane and Epithelial Function in Health and Disease’. The Physiological Society
I am the admissions tutor for the BDS Course. I am also the widening participation liaison for the School and organise and run the 'Partners' Assessed Summer School as well as organising and running the Year 9 and Year 12 MaD days.
My major block of teaching is in the first year of BDS, where I am course leader on the Physiology course and teach the Gastrointestinal Tract element of this course. I am also involved in BMS final year project.