• Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

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Dr Alison Yeates is a Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences at Ulster University. She was awarded her PhD in Human Nutrition from Ulster University in 2009 having previously graduated from Ulster with a Masters in Research and a BSc in Human Nutrition (with Diploma in Industrial Studies).

Dr Yeates has over 10 years postdoctoral research experience in the Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE), primarily focused within the Seychelles Child Development Study (SCDS). The SCDS is an international consortium studying the impact of contaminants and nutrients from fish consumption during pregnancy on child health and development, including the influence of genetics. This is in partnership with the University of Rochester, USA, the Ministry of Health in the Republic of Seychelles and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. This research program has helped to inform public health policy and dietary guidelines on the safe consumption of fish in pregnancy. Dr Yeates’s research interests include maternal and child nutrition, with a specific interest in long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, iodine and selenium, micronutrient modulation of the immune system and the contribution of animal foods to human health. She has extensive experience of research study design, in conducting human intervention studies and in the biochemical analysis of nutritional biomarkers using high-throughput mass spectrometric methods. Dr Yeates supervises a number of PhD projects and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has attracted significant external grant income to date and led projects funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and Swedish Research Council.

Dr Yeates is a member of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Steering Group at Ulster University, as well as the Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team, Ethics Filter Committee and Wellbeing Group inthe School of Biomedical Sciences. Dr Yeates is a member of the UKRI Early Career Researcher Forum and is a STEM ambassador for the IFST.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Contribution of beef and lamb to total dietary intakes of long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids

Award Date: 13 Nov 2009

Bachelor, Hons Human Nutrition

1 Sept 200130 Jun 2005

Award Date: 30 May 2005

External positions

Early Career Lecturer

30 Jun 2022 → …

Visiting Research Fellow, University of Reading

12 Oct 201731 Oct 2020


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