Professor Paul Trayhurn, BSc, DPhil, DSc, FRSE

Professor Paul Trayhurn
Emeritus Professor of Nutritional Biology
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University of Liverpool

Professor Trayhurn, Emeritus Professor of Nutritional Biology at the University of Liverpool, entered nutrition research in 1975 on joining the MRC Dunn Nutrition Laboratory in Cambridge. His subsequent appointments include: Professor and Heritage Scholar in Nutrition and Metabolism, University of Alberta; Head of the Division of Biomedical Science, Rowett Research Institute, Aberdeen; Professor and Director of the Obesity Biology Unit, University of Liverpool. He has been a Honorary/Staff/Visiting Professor at several other institutions, including the Universities of Aberdeen, Buckingham, Oslo and Sydney. From 2014-16, he held a Distinguished Scientist Fellowship at King Saud University, Saudi Arabia.

In 1997, he was elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh; his other awards include the Friedrich Wasserman Award (2008) from the European Association for the Study of Obesity and the inaugural Gowland Hopkins Award from The Nutrition Society (2019). He has served on a number of national and international scientific committees including the BBSRC Agri-Food Committee, the MRC Population and Systems Medicine Board and the Royal Society’s Research Grants Board (Biological Sciences), as well as chairing the Scientific and Awards Committees of the International Association for the Study of Obesity. He is a former Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Nutrition and Trustee of the Nutrition Society. His research interests have centred on energy metabolism, obesity and adipose tissue function – areas in which he has published >300 peer-reviewed papers and review articles, many of which are highly cited.