Group members in the Nutrition, Biomarkers, & Health lab



We extend a warm welcome to our visiting researchers this summer.

Professor Lorraine Brennan
Professor & Principal Investigator
Professor Brennan investigates metabolism and altered metabolic pathways in health and disease. She is currently 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.  

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Dr Aoife O'Gorman
Research Project Manager
Dr S.C. Sri Harsha Pedapati
Dr Pedapati is currently working on the Food Biomarkers Alliance (FOODBALL) project aimed at systematic exploration and validation of biomarkers, to obtain a good coverage of the food intake in different population groups within Europe. Specifically he aims to discover novel biomarkers of dietary intake in carrots and legumes by 1) conducting standardized short-term intervention studies and 2) analysis of biofluids through LC-MS and GC-MS based metabolomics platforms.
Dr Xiaofei Yin
Dr Yin is involved in the application of metabolomics and lipidomics for the discovery of biomarkers of disease. She is currently working on biomarker discovery in ultra-high risk for psychosis: towards prediction of psychotic disorder, non-psychotic mental disorders and recovery.  
Dr Roberta Hack Mendes
Research Scientist
Dr Hack Mendes is conducting research within the new Opti-Age project.
Dr. Silvia D'Angelo
Dr. D'Angelo works on the A-Diet project. She is involved in developing novel statistical approaches to integrate dietary and biomarker data.  
Dr. Heleena Moni Bottu
Dr. Moni Bottu works on the the SusFood2 project ImPrOVe for validation of Pomace bioactive compounds for prophylactic factors and interacting bio markers with metabolic aspects as evidence in cosmetics and improved foods with significance to cell culture systems.
Dr. Janine Wirth
Dr. Wirth's current project examines the impact of different types and times of protein intake on muscle functional parameters, biomarkers of metabolic health, sleep quality and quality of life.
Aoife McNamara
PhD student
Aoife McNamara's PhD research is aiming to identify novel biomarkers of dietary intake. These biomarkers are molecules or compounds found in biological samples that give researchers information on what foods a person has eaten, both over a short period time or as part of their regular diet.
Dr Roshaida Abdul Wahab
PhD student
Dr Abdul Wahab's PhD research forms part of the FoodBall project.
Elaine Hillesheim
PhD student
Elaine Hillesheim's PhD research is aiming to explore the use of metabotypes to deliver personalised nutrition.
Maria Heffernan
MSc student
Maria is working on the Opti-Age project which aims to investigate the role of B-vitamins in healthy ageing.
Orla Prendiville
MSc Student
Orla Prendiville's MSc research is aiming to examine the reproducibility of dietary patterns and individual dietary biomarkers, using data from the A-Diet project.
Geetha Sundaramoorthy
Research Assistant
Geetha Priya's research involves conducting metabolomic analysis as part of the A-DIET project.
Claire Connolly
Research Assistant
Claire Connolly works on both intervention and metabolomic studies. She is currently involved in the NUTRIMAL study investigating nutrition and healthy ageing.
Rebecca Finlay
Research Assistant
Rebecca is working on a US-Ireland project which will 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.
Recent Team Members
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.