• Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

  • 283 Citations
  • 10 h-Index

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Personal profile


Dr Catherine Hughes is currently a lecturer in Public Health Nutrition within the Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health at Ulster University. She was awarded her PhD in Human Nutrition from Ulster University in 2010 having previously graduated from Liverpool John Moores Unviersity with a degree in Biomedical Science and PGCE in Secondary Teaching (Science). 


Dr Hughes’s research is focused on B-vitamins involved in one-carbon metabolism, cognition, mental health and other age-related diseases. She has extensive experience of research study design and conducting highly controlled nutrition studies in different population and clinical groups. Dr Hughes is involved in the coordination of the Trinity Ulster and Department of Agriculture (TUDA) Ageing Cohort Study which is designed to investigate nutritional factors in ageing and is one of the largest and most comprehensively characterised cohorts for ageing research internationally. She is also interested in the interaction between B-vitamins and a common polymorphism in the folate metabolising enzyme methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) and currently coordinates the RIBOGENE project, a large industry funded project investigating a novel gene-nutrient interaction between B-vitamins and blood pressure. Dr Hughes has also supervised a number of PhDs in the to successful completion.  She has published in the area on B-vitamins in health and disease and has attracted considerable external grant income. 


Teaching Interests

Human nutrition across the Lifecycle; Biochemistry; Research Design and Biostatistics; Food Regulatory Affairs; Consumer Behaviour; Health Inequalities.  


Administrative Roles

Assistant Research Group Leader Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health

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Research Output

  • 283 Citations
  • 10 h-Index
  • 23 Article
  • 4 Review article
  • 1 Chapter
Open Access
  • Impact of the MTHFR C677T polymorphism on one-carbon metabolites: Evidence from a randomised trial of riboflavin supplementation

    Rooney, M., Bottiglieri, T., Wasek-Patterson, B., McMahon, A., Hughes, C. F., McCann, A., Horigan, G., Strain, J. J., McNulty, H. & Ward, M., 30 Jun 2020, In : Biochimie. 173, p. 91-99 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Influence of Nutrients involved in One-Carbon Metabolism on DNA Methylation in Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

    Amenyah, S., Hughes, C., Ward, M., Roxborough, S., Deane, J., Thursby, S-J., Walsh, CP., Kok, D., Strain, S., McNulty, H. & Lees Murdock, D., 23 Jan 2020, In : Nutrition Reviews. 78, 8, p. 647-666 20 p., nuz094.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Nutritional Epigenomics and Age-Related Disease

    Lees Murdock, D., Ward, M., Strain, S., McNulty, H., Hughes, C., Dollin, C. & Walsh, CP., 6 Jun 2020, In : Current developments in nutrition. 4, 7

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    Open Access
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    Riboflavin is an important determinant of vitamin B-6 status in healthy adults

    Jungert, A., McNulty, H., Hoey, L., Ward, M., Strain, S., Hughes, C., McAnena, LB., Neuhäuser-Berthold, M. & Pentieva, K., 17 Aug 2020, In : The Journal of nutrition. 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Activities

    • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...

    A Strategic NICHE Research Collaboration Meeting

    William Snelling (Organiser), , Helene Mc Nulty (Participant), , James Dooley (Participant), , Nigel Ternan (Participant), , Leane Hoey (Participant), , Catherine Hughes (Participant), , Paul Cotter (Participant), & Roy Sleator (Participant)

    2 Mar 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...