Advisory Board and Editors Nutrition

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Rachel c Anderson

I am a Senior Scientist in the Food Nutrition & Health Team at AgResearch, which is one of New Zealand's Crown Research Institutes. I am also an Associate Investigator in the Riddet Centre for Research Excellence based at Massey University. My research focuses on how foods effect the interactions between the host and its resident bacteria, in particular how these alter intestinal barrier function. I have a special interest in the role of the obligate anaerobes, which account for the majority of the bacteria in the intestines but are largely unstudied due to the technical difficulties of co-culturing obligate anaerobes (cannot survive in oxygen) and intestinal cells (require oxygen). Prior to working at AgResearch, I completed my PhD at Massey University investigating the antimicrobial properties of cathelicidin peptides isolated from ovine blood.

Matthew PG Barnett

I'm currently a Senior Research Scientist in the Food Nutrition & Health Team, AgResearch Limited, one of New Zealand's Crown Research Institutes (CRIs). I'm based at the University of Auckland's Liggins Institute, being involved in several projects investigating the importance of nutrition for health throughout life. The primary focus of these projects is intestinal health, but I'm also interested other aspects of human health, including cognition and mobility.
I graduated from The University of Auckland in May 2005 with a PhD in Biological Sciences. My thesis research focused on the importance of a mother’s diet during gestation and lactation on the risk of type-2 diabetes in her offspring. Since 2001 I've worked for AgResearch in a range of roles (including Research Associate, FRST Postdoctoral Fellow, and Research Scientist) and on a variety of topics. I was part of the Nutrigenomics New Zealand collaboration from 2004-2014, working on understanding how our diet and genome interact to influence health with a particular focus on intestinal function.
I'm also the Section Editor (Nutrigenomics) for the European Journal of Nutrition.

Maria del Mar Bibiloni Esteva

Dr. Bibiloni Esteva has a degree in Biology (2007) and Biochemistry (2008) and PhD in Human Nutrition (2012) from the University of the Balearic Islands. She is a researcher at the Institute of Health Carlos III (CIBERobn, Pathophysiology of Obesity and Nutrition) and Assistant Professor of the Department of Fundamental Biology and Health Sciences of the University of the Balearic Islands.

Alberto Davalos

Group leader of the Epigenetics of Lipid Metabolism Group, IMDEA Food Institute, Dr. Alberto Dávalos holds a degree in Pharmacy and Biochemistry by San Marcos University (Lima) and a PhD in Pharmacy by Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Madrid).
He has conducted postdoctoral research at the Hospital Ramón y Cajal (Madrid), at Yale University School of Medicine, (New Haven), and at New York University School of Medicine (New York). Dr. Dávalos’s research program focuses in identifying and characterizing new noncoding RNAs (miRNAs, lncRNAs and other type of regulatory RNAs) that regulate lipid metabolism and the effects of minor dietary components (micronutrients) on their expression.

Mohamed Ali Ali Farag

Specializing in metabolomics, natural products chemistry, and plant biochemistry, Mohamed A. Farag completed his PhD at Texas Tech University, USA, in 2003.
Since 2009, Dr Farag has been working as a part time visiting professor at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, to participate in teaching plant metabolomics and chemomterics modelling for master students, and in 2009–2010 he held the Alexander von Humboldt fellowship at the Leibniz Institute for Plant Biochemistry, Germany. Dr Farag now works full time as a professor at the American University in Cairo (AUC) where his research work focuses primarily around applying innovative biochemical technologies (metabolomics) to help answer complex biological questions in medicine, herbal drugs analysis and agriculture.

Dr. Farag has been recognized with several awards, including Abd el Hameed Shoman award (2016), Egypt Higher State Incentive Award (2012), TWAS award in science diplomacy (2014), and the Mass Spectroscopy Performance Award, TTU, USA (2004). For his highly cited publications of 100 scientific papers with close to 3500 citations and an H index of 26, Dr. Farag was selected as a top researcher in the field of plant biology in Africa by the American society of plant biology, USA.

Tamas Fulop

Dr. Tamàs Fülöp is Assistant Director of the Age Research Centre and Full Professor within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada. He is also Head of the Immune Inflammation Laboratory and Medical Director of the Memory Clinic.

M.D: From the Unversity of Geneva.

His postdoctoral research was in the biochemistry of connective tissues, and his PhD is in immunology and gerontology. His research interest is aging in relation to immunity.

Jason M.R. Gill

Professor of Cardio-metabolic Health in the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences at the University of Glasgow. Lead an active multi-disciplinary research group investigating the effects of exercise and diet on the prevention and management of vascular and metabolic diseases from the molecular to the whole-body level. Major research interests include: why certain population groups appear to be particularly susceptible to the adverse effects of a ‘Westernised’ lifestyle, and how lifestyle interventions can modulate this excess risk; the interactions between physical activity, energy balance, body fatness and disease risk; and the mechanisms by which exercise regulates lipoprotein metabolism. Member of the NICE guidelines update committee for prevention of type 2 diabetes, and was member of development groups for the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) guidelines for the prevention and treatment of obesity and for prevention of cardiovascular disease. Past Chair of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Division of Physical Activity for Health and Fellow of BASES. Director of the MSc programme in Sport and Exercise Science & Medicine at the University of Glasgow.

Andrew R Gray

Consulting biostatistician in the Division of Health Sciences at the University of Otago. In this role, I provide biostatistical expertise to a wide range of researchers on a large number of projects. Much of this is through collaborative relationships as a co-investigator with the remainder through more informal consulting relationships. I have particular interests in obesity research, especially in pediatric populations; nuts as a functional food; respiratory epidemiology; and sun protection. Prior to my current position I was a software metrics and machine learning researcher in the Department of Information Science at the same institution.

Akio Inui

Prof. Akio Inui is the Chairman of the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine, Kagoshima University Graduate School, Kagoshima Japan. He completed his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at Kobe University. He is recognized for his studies in elucidating the role of gut-brain peptides such as ghrelin, and his efforts are now focused on the translational research for better understanding and management of human behavioral disorders, including obesity, cancer cachexia, and eating disorders.

Susanne E la Fleur

Associate Professor at the Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam and Visiting Professor at Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7. Our group is working on unravelling the mechanistic link between diet composition and the development of obesity and diabetes as a first step towards better understanding the pathogenesis of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, focussing on the role of the brain.

Sabine Leonhard-Marek

Veterinarian TiHo Hannover, research assistant Veterinary Physiology Free University Berlin (Dr., Associate professor of physiology, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, M.A. LIS Humboldt University Berlin, Director of the university library, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover

Juan J. Loor

I received a bachelor in Animal Science from the University of California, Davis, then moved to Virginia Tech for MS and PhD degrees to study aspects of lipid metabolism in ruminants. Since joining the faculty of the University of Illinois in Fall 2005, my research program has focused on nutritional and physiological genomics during lactation and growth. We rely heavily on in vitro cell and tissue culture and live animals as models to uncover regulatory mechanisms associated with nutrient effects on tissue development and function. Transcriptomics, metabolomics, and bioinformatics are some of the tools used in an effort to apply Systems Physiology.

2001 Outstanding Dissertation Award, Gamma Sigma Delta
2010 ACES Faculty Award for Excellence in Research
2012 Mead Johnson Award (American Society for Nutrition)
2012 NCSA/IACAT Fellowship (University of Illinois)
2014 Zoetis Animal Physiology Award (American Dairy Science Association)