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Dr Alison Yeates

Research Fellow in Nutritional Biochemistry

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Biomedical Sciences Research


Room W2047 Cromore Road Coleraine Co. Londonderry BT52 1SA


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Alison Yeates is currently a Research Fellow in Nutritional Biochemistry within the School of Biomedical Sciences. She graduated with BSc Hons Human Nutrition with Diploma in Industrial Studies and received both a Masters in Research and PhD, in the area of human nutrition, from Ulster University.

Within the Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE), Alison leads all research activities of the Seychelles Child Development Study (SCDS); an international consortium studying the impact of toxicants and nutrients from fish consumption during pregnancy on child development. The SCDS is a partnership with the University of Rochester, USA, the Ministry of Health in the Republic of Seychelles and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. This research program has, to date, attracted significant external funding (over £1.5 million) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), European 6th Framework Programme and Swedish Research Council.

Alison has vast experience in the biochemical analysis of nutritional biomarkers, dietary analysis and in conducting nutrition intervention studies. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and contributes to teaching and learning activities within the School of Biomedical Sciences.

Research Interests

  • Maternal nutrition
  • Risks and benefits of fish consumption for child development
  • Contribution of meat and milk to human health
  • N-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, iodine and selenium
  • Nutritional modulation of the immune system

Teaching Interests

  • Lipid metabolism
  • Micronutrient deficiencies

Professional Membership

  • Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of Food, Nutrition and Health, University of Reading
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • European Nutrition Leadership Platform (ENLP) Alumni

Administrative Activities

  • PURE Co-Editor for NICHE
  • Publicity Representative and Social Media Co-Administrator for NICHE
  • School of Biomedical Sciences Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team member
  • School of Biomedical Sciences Ethics Filter Committee member