Professor Emeir McSorley


School of Biomedical Sciences

Coleraine campus

Room W2046,
Cromore Road,
Co. Londonderry,
BT52 1SA,

Biomedical Sciences Research


Professor Emeir McSorley


Dr Emeir McSorley is currently a Senior Lecturer in Human Nutrition within the School of Biomedical Sciences and is a registered nutritionist. She received her PhD from Ulster University in the area of nutrition, biochemistry and immunology specialising in omega 3 fatty acids and the autoimmune condition systemic lupus erythematosus.

Dr McSorley has a BSc in Biomedical Sciences and is a registered Medical Laboratory Scientist.  She is a core member of both the Biomedical Sciences Research Institute (BMSRI) and the Northern Ireland Centre for Food & Health (NICHE).

She currently leads the research subgroup ‘Nutritional immunology in health and disease’ and contributes significantly to the ‘Marine bioactives in health and disease’ and ‘Nutrition, toxicology and child development’ subgroups. Emeir is also a recipient of the Ulster University Distinguished Research Fellowship (2014) and the Ulster University Students Union Inspirational Teacher Award (2015).

Research Interests

Dr McSorley's research interests are focused on understanding the influence of diet on aspects on cell function and human health, in particular the effects of vitamin D, n-3 PUFAs, calcium and iron in relation to inflammation and immunity, sports performance, bone health, cancer and pregnancy.

Dr McSorley is actively involved in marine functional food research focused on the development of marine bioactives for incorporation into functional foods. She is also a core member of the Seychelles Child Development Study investigating the risk benefits of consuming fish during pregnancy.

Teaching Interests

  • Immunology
  • Biochemistry
  • Nutrition
  • Through the Lifecycle; Research Design and Statistics

Administrative Roles

  • Placement tutor for BSc Human Nutrition
  • Member of the Faculty Committee for Employment and Engagement
  • Edge Champion for School of Biomedical Science

Research Opportunities

Research Opportunities with Professor Emeir McSorley
Title Closing Date
Nutritional Knowledge, Dietary Practices and Immune Health of Gaelic Players.  Funded PhD Opportunity Funded PhD Opportunity Monday 26 February 2024 4:00PM
Fish consumption across the lifecycle and its association with allergic disease.  Funded PhD Opportunity Funded PhD Opportunity Monday 26 February 2024 4:00PM
Understanding selenium-mercury interactions and impact on human health  Funded PhD Opportunity Funded PhD Opportunity Monday 26 February 2024 4:00PM