Dr Kirsty Pourshahidi
Dr Kirsty Pourshahidi graduated from Ulster University with a BSc Hons (first class) Human Nutrition (2007), followed by a PhD in Nutrition (2011). Kirsty is currently working as a Research and Teaching Fellow in Food Science and Technology at Ulster University and is responsible for the delivery of Food Science, Toxicology and Pharmacology teaching for BSc/MSc Food, Nutrition and Dietetics students.
With over 10 years’ experience in academic research based at the Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE), Kirsty has co-authored more than 35 peer-reviewed publications investigating various aspects of agri-food nutrition and consumer innovation, food choice, vitamin D and health. Kirsty has also supervised a number of PhDs to successful completion across these research areas.
Kirsty has experience of conducting controlled human intervention studies in different population and clinical groups, and regularly presents her research at a range of national and international scientific meetings. In 2014, Kirsty was the inaugural recipient of the Julie Wallace Medal Lecture awarded by the Nutrition Society in recognition of early stage scientific excellence in the field of nutrition.
As well her teaching and research commitments at Ulster, Kirsty also co-ordinates the ‘Digital Engagement, Communications & Impact’ team at NICHE, and is a Senior Member of ‘NNEdPro’s Collaborators Network’, and member of the ‘European Nutrition Leadership Platform’.