NICHE Group Members

StaffTechnical and Support StaffStudentsVisiting Professors
Staff Member Job Title
Dr Phillip Allsopp Lecturer in Human Nutrition
Miss Ciara Bradley Laboratory Assistant
Miss Aoife Caffrey Research Associate
Professor James Dooley Professor of Microbiology
Mrs Pauline Douglas Senior Lecturer/Clinical Dietetics Facilitator
Professor Alison Gallagher Professor in Public Health Nutrition
Dr Chris Gill Senior Lecturer
Dr Alyson Hill Lecturer in Dietetics
Dr Leane Hoey Lecturer in Human Nutrition
Dr Catherine Hughes Research Associate in Nutrition
Miss Laura Keaver Research Assistant (Ulster – Safefood)
Dr Maeve Kerr Lecturer in Food Regulatory Affairs
Dr Laura Kirwan Research Associate (Ulster – UCD)
Professor Barbara Livingstone Professor of Nutrition
Mr Caomhan Logue Lecturer in Dietetics
Dr Colm Lowery Lecturer in Medical Microbiology
Ms Oonagh Lyons Research Assistant (Ulster – FSAI)
Dr Pamela Magee Senior Lecturer in Human Nutrition
Mr Peter Mitchell Senior Lecturer
Dr Maria Mulhern (nee Barnes) Lecturer in Food Science
Dr Liadhan McAnena Scientific Officer
Dr Mary McCann (nee Kelly) Lecturer in Nutrition
Dr Helen McCarthy Lecturer in Dietetics
Professor Jacqueline McCormack Associate Head of School of Biomedical Sciences
Dr Lynn McCotter Research Assistant
Professor Geoffrey McMullan Associate Dean of the Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Professor Helene McNulty Professor of Nutritional Science
Dr Emeir McSorley Senior Lecturer in Human Nutrition
Dr Patrick Naughton Senior Lecturer in Medical Microbiology
Dr Violetta Naughton Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences
Dr Richard Owusu-Apenten Lecturer in Food & Nutrition
Dr Heather Parr Research Assistant
Dr Kristina Pentieva Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences
Dr Kirsty Pourshahidi Research Fellow
Dr Ruth Price Clinical Trials Manager
Dr Poonam Singh (nee Nigam) Senior Lecturer in Biotechnology
Dr Julie Sittlington Scientific Assistant – Human Intervention Studies Unit
Professor Sean (JJ) Strain Professor of Human Nutrition and Director of NICHE
Dr Nigel Ternan Senior Lecturer in Microbiology
Professor David Thurnham Howard Professor of Human Nutrition (Emeritus)
Professor Mary Ward Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics
Professor Rob Welch Emeritus Professor Of Food Science And Nutrition
Dr Alison Yeates (nee McAfee) Research Fellow in Nutritional Biochemistry
alisondeehan Alison Deehan
Executive Assistant
Room: W2096 Centre for Molecular Biosciences
Tel: 028 7012 3039
Fax: 028 7012 3023
Email :
neildennison Neil Dennison
Room: W0090, Centre for Molecular Biosciences
Tel: 028 7012 3991
velmahayes Velma Hayes
Technical Services Co-ordinator
Room: W0087, Centre for Molecular Biosciences
Tel: 028 7012 4189
Student Name Research Title
Laura Cassidy Can dietary fibre decrease the formation of putative dietary carcinogens in high processed red meat diets?
Marie Conway Factors influencing the biological status of polyunsaturated fatty acids: implications for pregnancy and child development
Orlaith Furlong The effect of soya foods on cognitive function and menopausal symptoms in postmenopausal women
Morna mcFaul Obesity Communication
Emma O’Sullivan B vitamins and pevention of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy
Iris Benzie Chair Professor of Biomedical Science, Department of Health Technology & Informatics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Maureen Edmondson Chair, Northern Ireland Branch at Institute of Food Science and Technology
Albert Flynn Professor in Nutrition, University College Cork
Bryan Hanley
Gert Meijer Deputy Head Corporate Regulatory and Scientific Affairs for Nestle
John O’Brien Head of Quality & Safety Department, Nestle Research Centre
Colette Shortt Director of Global Regulatory Affairs, Johnson & Johnson Ltd
Hans Verhagen Head of Department of Risk Assessment & Scientific Assistance (RASA) at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
John E Moore Senior Clinical Scientist, Belfast Trust
Raymond O’Rourke Food and Consumer Lawyer
Hugh Quigley Adviser on EU Policy and Strategy for Irish Social Finance Fund, Irish Hospice Foundation and Public Policy Ireland; Former Deputy Director, Food and Veterinary Office, Directorate General for Health and Consumers, European Commission, Dublin
Mary Flynn Chief Specialist in Public Health Nutrition, Food Safety Authority (Ireland)
William Dickey Consultant, Western Health & Social Services Trust