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Biography

The World Health Organisation describes ‘multifactorial work-related diseases’ as diseases that occur in the general population, but may be exacerbated or partially caused by occupational exposures.  There is increasing evidence to suggest that cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes are associated with job strain and working hours (duration and time).  Despite the role of diet in the aetiology of cardiometabolic disease being well established, gaps remain in understanding the relationships between occupational exposures, diet and cardio-metabolic health.  

My research is primarily focused in the following areas: 

  • The influence of occupational factors (working hours and environment) on diet and cardio-metabolic health.
  • The associations between dietary patterns (frequency and time of eating) and diet quality (foods and nutrients) with markers of cardio-metabolic health.
  • The development of workplace strategies to improve employee nutritional wellbeing. 

The foundation of nutritional research is the ability to measure dietary intakes in populations and individuals.  Therefore, an overarching theme of my research is the improvement of dietary assessment methods in epidemiological and clinical settings.

Biographical details

I am a UK Registered Dietitian.   I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Nutrition and Dietetics from King’s College London in 2013.  I completed my PhD in Nutritional Epidemiology at Imperial College London in 2017 (The association between diet and working hours with markers of cardio-metabolic health in the British police force).  As part of my PhD I established the nutritional assessment arm of the Airwave Health Monitoring study – an ongoing longitudinal cohort study of the Great British police force conducted by Imperial College London.  Following completion of my PhD I worked as a Teaching Fellow for the MRes Clinical Research (Human Nutrition) programme at Imperial College London until I joined King’s College London as a Lecturer in early 2018.  I have clinical dietetic experience in lipid management, weight management and workplace nutrition.  In addition to my part-time Lecturer post at King’s College London I hold a Research Associate position with the School of Public Health at Imperial College London.

Prior to training as a Dietitian I gained a BA(Hons) in Retail Marketing from Manchester Metropolitan University and worked in business management roles across various industries including the food service sector.