Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Science
I attended the Technical University in Munich for a B.Sc. in Human Nutrition followed by an M.Sc. in Molecular Nutrition in the Netherlands at Wageningen University. For my Ph.D. I undertook two projects, one at the University of Nottingham and the second at the University of Alberta in Canada in which I studied the influence of perinatal nutrition on the longterm health of the offspring, focusing on metabolic health and appetite regulation. My first post-doctoral project continued my research in this field in the French Institute for Agronomical Research, INRA, in Nantes. Since 2015 I have been back in Nottingham, working as a research fellow, first in Child Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and since 2017 at the Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre.
I am working at the Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre on a number of projects including digestive health (in people with cystic fibrosis; in constipation; in the rare chronic intestinal… read more
I am working at the Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre on a number of projects including digestive health (in people with cystic fibrosis; in constipation; in the rare chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction; assessment of pancreatic health) and investigating placental physiology in healthy and compromised pregnancies. These projects allow me to apply my knowledge in physiology (perinatal health, longterm metabolic health, nutrition) using a new tool: MRI permits drawing conclusions on function as well as anatomy of the organs we investigate.
In the past I worked on projects on the effect that maternal obesity and diabetes have on the offspring in the long term. These offspring are more likely to develop obesity and diabetes themselves and this is, in part, due to the high-nutrient environment that the fetus is exposed to during the pregnancy, having direct effects on their development. I especially investigated the role of brown fat, a heat-producing tissue which may have a role in preventing the development of obesity.
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