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Group members in the Nutrition, Biomarkers, & Health lab

Professor Lorraine Brennan
Professor & Principal Investigator
Professor Brennan investigates metabolism and altered metabolic pathways in health and disease. She previously served as Director of the European Nutrigenomics Organisation (NuGO). She is a recipient of an ERC consolidator grant (2015) and participates in a number of national and European projects.  


Dr Aoife O'Gorman
Research Project Manager
Dr Xiaofei Yin
Mass Spectroscopist
Dr. Yin is working on a project to set up reliable and reproducible analytical methods for the measurements of metabolites in biological samples based on a mass spectrometry platform.
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Dr. Elaine Hillesheim

Dr Hillesheim works on the JPI-funded project PlantIntake which aims to combine biomarker panels and dietary intake data to improve the assessment of healthful and unhealthful plant-based diets. 
Dr. Ya Gao

Ya Gao is a Post Doc who is aiming to use metabolomics techniques to identify biomarkers of commonly consumed foods.
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Claire Connolly
PhD student

Claire Connolly's PhD investigates metabolic signatures of Irish grass-fed dairy products, including milk, cheese and butter with Food for Health Ireland. 
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Rebecca Finlay
PhD student

Rebecca's PhD is on the US-Ireland project that aims to use metabolomics techniques to identify biomarkers of commonly consumed foods. This study involves collaboration between UCD, Queens University Belfast and Harvard School of Public Health.
Shubbham Gupta
PhD student

Shubbham Gupta's PhD research is aiming to explore the individual variation in metabolite levels using repeated measurements.
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Aoife Courtney
PhD student

Aoife Courtney’s PhD research is examining the impact of diversification of protein intake on biomarkers of nutrition status and health.
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Wenxuan Liu
PhD student

Wenxuan Liu’s PhD research is aiming to develop a soft clustering approach for the analysis of high dimensional metabolomics data.
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Lauryn McMahon
Research Assistant 

Lauryn McMahon works on the HRB funded Co-creation of a Cookery Book project in collaboration with Airfield Estate. This project aims to create a cookery book to help people incorporate more vegetables into their diet.
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Max Ammann
Research Assistant 

Max Ammann works on the HRB funded US-Ireland project. He perfoms metabolomic analysis and data analysis using NMR to identify food based biomarkers for cardiometabolic health and diet quality
Recent Team Members
Dr. Janine Wirth (Protein and Health)
Dr. Teresa Grohmann (PAD-Q)
r. Geetha Sundaramoorthy
Dr. Roberta Hack Mend
es (Optiage)
Dr. Silva D'Angelo (A-DIET)
Dr. Aoife McNamara (A-DIET)
Ms. Orla Prendiville completed her Masters in 2020
Ms. Maria Heffernan completed her Masters in 2020
Dr Roshaida Abdul Wahab completed her PhD in 2019
Dr S.C. Sri Harsha Pedapati (FOODBALL)
Dr Diana Gonzalez-Pena (A-DIET)
Dr Cassandra Collins (A-DIET)
Dr. Celia Rodriguez Perez (bio4Health)
Dr. Francisco Madrid-Gambin (ALSPAC)
Dr Olga Grant (A-DIET)
Dr Katy Horner (Food for Health Ireland)
Dr Laura Kirwan (Food4Me)
Dr Miriam Ryan (ENPADASI)
Dr. Taciane Alegra (A-DIET & Foodball)
Dr Kaifeng Li completed his PhD in 2016 
Dr. Helena Gibbons completed her PhD in 2016
Dr. Aoife Curran completed her PhD in 2017
Dr. Claire Erraught completed her PhD in 2019
Jenny Davison contributed to updating the HMDB schizophrenia metabocard.
Victoria O'Sullivan (FHI & A-DIET)
Ilona Csizmadia (A-DIET)

All are using their skills elsewhere now - we wish them well! 
Visiting Researchers

The group often hosts visiting scientists and students undertaking part of their research or training in UCD.
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