Dr Kate Younger

Role: 
FENS 2019 representative
Organisation: 
Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT)
Term in Office ends: 
2016

Dr Kate Younger undertook her first degree in Biology/Physiology (Hons) at the University of Durham, graduating in 1979, her final-year project was an electron microscopy study of stretch receptors in (rat) muscle. She went on to do an MSc in Human Nutrition at London University (Queen Elizabeth College, now King's College), completeing a MSc research project investigating essential omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in vegans and omnivores. This was followed by PhD research into brown adipose tissue and energy balance in mice at the MRC Dunn Nutrition Lab in Cambridge, and some post-doctoral research in Dublin into trace elements in the elderly, and fatty acids analysis in angioplasty patients.

During this time Dr Younger began part-time lecturing in the DIT, leading eventually to a full-time lectureship in Nutrition and Physiology. As well as lecturing, Dr Younger is involved with supervising undergraduate and postgraduate projects, and coordinating the human nutrition and dietetics final-year research projects.

Dr Younger was one of the founding members of the Irish Section of the Nutrition Society, founded in 1989; joining the committee in 1990 and also editing the Irish Section Original Communications from 1990 to 1995. This led to taking on the Honorary Editorship of the Proceedings of the Nutrition Society from 1995 to 2001 and then the Honorary Publications Officership for the Nutrition Society from 2001 to 2007, which involved overseeing the publication of 4 international journals and 2 book series. Dr Younger is currently the Honorary Treasurer (since July 2010) of the Nutrition Society.