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Research group

Nutrition, Endocrinology and Metabolism

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Our mission is to understand disease processes and to improve lifelong human health and wellbeing through research and innovation in the areas of nutrition, endocrinology and metabolism.

Part of Medicine


Our research aims to improve the understanding of human disease, health and wellbeing across the lifecourse. We investigate: 

  • how lifestyle and nutrition influence growth, development, function, and resilience 
  • how nutrition, endocrinology, and metabolism link to altered functional capacity in cardiometabolic diseases 
  • how early life nutrition influences functional capacity and resilience in later life 
  • translation of new innovations to promote healthy aging in clinical/care settings

We propose new mechanisms, and test interventions, studying molecules, cells, individuals, and populations. We are especially interested in endocrine, metabolic, muscle and immune health. Our discoveries have identified new understandings for maintaining health and reducing disease risk, new therapeutic targets, new disease treatments and have influenced government policy. 

Our research teams and labs  

Our early career researchers

We welcome potential new ECRs to contact individual lab or team leads directly to enquire about fellowships and upcoming research opportunities.

People, projects, publications and PhDs


Dr Caroline Childs

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Dietary fatty acids
  • Probiotics and Prebiotics
  • Antioxidants

Professor Chris Byrne

Professor of Endocrinol & Met

Dr Colleen Deane

Lecturer in Muscle Cell Biology

Dr Cornelia Blume

Lecturer B

Accepting applications from PhD students

Dr Ella Baker PhD

Research Fellow

Research interests

  • Plant derived fatty acids
  • Inflammation
  • Cell culture

Dr Helena Fisk PhD

Research Fellow

Research interests

  • Human nutrition, inflammation and disease acorss the lifecourse
  • Obesity associated inflammation in subcutaneous white adipose tissue
  • Immunomodulatory actions of nutrients including omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty, probiotics and vitamin D

Professor Jaswinder Sethi BSc DPhil FRSB

Professor of Immunometabolism

Research interests

  • Immunometabolism
  • Obesity
  • Metabolic diseases

Accepting applications from PhD students

Professor Jon Dorling MBChB, DCH, MRCP (UK), FRCPCH, MD

Research interests

  • Maternal and child health
  • Infant nutrition and feeding
  • Placental transfusion

Accepting applications from PhD students


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Dr Jonathan Swann

Professor of Biomolecular Medicine

Accepting applications from PhD students

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