Aoife Caffrey


  • Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

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Research Interests

Dr Caffrey is a Research Associate within the Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE), School of Biomedical Sciences at Ulster University. She graduated with a MSc in Human Nutrition in 2014, after which, she successfully completed a PhD within NICHE. During her PhD, Aoife gained valuable multidisciplinary experience working with world leading experts in Genomic Medicine, Psychology, Epigenetics, Nutrition, Geography, and Intelligence Systems.

As a post-doctoral researcher, since December 2018, Dr Caffrey has had a lead role on a range of externally funded international projects (UKRI-EpiFASSTT, JPI-VALID, and JPI-DERiVE) with the overarching aim to investigate nutrition and brain health from early life to older age.  Dr Caffrey is currently running the day-to-day management of The EpiBrain Project (awarded by the European JPI-HDHL scheme and funded by the UKRI). This is a multidisciplinary international project investigating the effects of folate and brain health across the lifespan, with collaborators in Spain, Ireland and Canada.

Teaching Interests

Dr Caffrey has held a number of teaching positions (Lecturer, Teaching Assistant, e-Tutor, Demonstrator) within the School of Biomedical Sciences at Ulster University.

Her teaching interests include: Human Nutrition (B vitamins, one-carbon metabolism and health), Food Science, Biostatistics, Applied Research Methods, Ethics & Research Governance, Food Sustainability, Food Loss & Waste, Health Promotion.

Current and Recent Grants

Live projects on Worktribe

Project ID: 403891 Global Food Security Policy Lab 2021. Project Lead: Aoife Caffrey (1 Jul 2021 - 30 Jun 2022)

Other projects on Worktribe

Project ID: 407518 Understanding how taking folic acid during pregnancy could improve brain health in the child. Project Lead: Aoife Caffrey (1 Nov 2021 - 31 Oct 2022)

Project ID: 418727 Wear-iT. Project Lead: Colin Shewell (1 Jun 2022 - 31 Oct 2024)

Project ID: 403035 Addressing the escalating global vitamin B12 insufficiency crisis underlying lifelong effects on human health. Project Lead: Helene McNulty (1 Mar 2022 - 28 Feb 2027)

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 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Maternal folate nutrition and offspring health

Award Date: 1 Jul 2019

Master, MSc Human Nutrition

Award Date: 18 Dec 2014

Bachelor, Nutraceuticals in Health and Nutrition, Technological University Dublin

Award Date: 26 Sept 2013


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