Catherine Hughes


  • Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

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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.  


Professional activities / Leadership roles

  • Associate Research Group Leader NICHE
  • Lead for the Centre for Excellence in Nutrition and Ageing (CENA) 
  • NICHE PhD Postgraduate Tutor
  • Member of the Nutrition Society
  • Member of the European Nutrition Leadership Platform (ENLP) Network
  • Journal Editor Nutrition Research Reviews
  • Journal Editor Frontiers in Nutrition
  • External Examiner University of Leeds
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Member of the Nutrition Society
  • Member of the European Nutrition Leadership Platform (ENLP) Network
  • Member of NNEdPro Global Institute for Food and Health
  • Member of the Dementia Research Network 
  • Member of the NICHE PR and social media team 
  • Member of the Civic Engagement, Outreach and Marketing Group for the School of Biomedical Science

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Advance HE

Award Date: 17 Oct 2023

PhD, Nutrition

Award Date: 13 Dec 2010

PGCE Science Education , Liverpool John Moores University

Award Date: 1 Jul 2003

Bachelor, Biomedical Science , Liverpool John Moores University

Award Date: 1 Jul 2002

External positions

External Examiner, University of Leeds

1 Jun 2023 → …

Member of Editorial Board , Nutrition Research Reviews

2 Mar 2023 → …

Member of Editoral Board , Frontiers in Nutrition

9 Mar 2021 → …


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