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Professor Kristina Pentieva


School of Biomedical Sciences
Research Institute
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
Coleraine campus
+44 28 7012 4675
Room W2028
Cromore Road
Co. Londonderry
BT52 1SA

Kristina Pentieva completed her MD training and PhD in medical science at the Medical University Sofia, Bulgaria. Prior to joining Ulster at 1998, she worked as a scientist at the Department of Nutrition, National Centre of Hygiene, Bulgaria and later as a postdoctoral fellow at MRC Dunn Nutrition Centre, Cambridge, UK.  She is currently a Professor of Human Nutrition at the Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health, Ulster University.

Kristina’s research is focused on B-vitamins involved in one-carbon metabolism and their health effects in vulnerable population groups. The outcome of this research has informed health services and regulatory authorities worldwide in relation to dietary recommendations for B-vitamins. Of specific interest for Kristina in the recent years is the area of B-vitamins in pregnancy and fetal programing. Her research has been supported by governmental agencies, the European Commission and charities. She has published more than 80 scientific papers in high quality peer-reviewed journals.

Currently Kristina is a member of the Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies at European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). She has served as an expert in the Working Group set by the EFSA for updating the recommendations for vitamin intakes of the European population. Kristina also served on the editorial board of the journal ‘Nutrients’ for 9 years.

Research Interests

  • B-vitamin requirements in health & disease
  • Folate bioavailability
  • Folate fortification
  • B-vitamins and related genetic factors involved in one-carbon metabolism.

Teaching Interests

  • Food and Health
  • Nutrition and Food Regulatory Affairs Research
  • Sports and Exercise Nutrition

Administrative Roles

  • Course Director PgCert/PgDip/MSc Food Regulatory Affairs
  • Course Director PgCert Veterinary Public Health

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