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 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
Dr. McNamara is working on the A-Diet Project funded by the ERC. Her current work is focused on the identification and application of food intake biomarkers in nutrition research.
Elaine Hillesheim
PhD student
Elaine Hillesheim's PhD research is aiming to explore the use of metabotypes to deliver personalised nutrition.
Orla Prendiville
Research Assistant
Orla is working on the US-Ireland Project performing metabolomics analysis using NMR and LC/MS techniques with the aim of identifying biomarkers of specific foods. Orla also works on the Optiage project carrying out post-intervention visits and helping with dietary data analysis.
Geetha Sundaramoorthy
Research Assistant
Geetha Priya's research involves conducting metabolomic analysis as part of the A-DIET project.
Claire Connolly
Master student
Claire Connolly's MSc is investigating metabolic signatures of Irish grass-fed dairy products, including milk, cheese and butter with Food for Health Ireland. 
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 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.