Kirsty Pourshahidi


  • Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

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Kirsty graduated from Ulster University with a BSc Hons (first class) Human Nutrition, followed by a PhD in Nutrition.  She worked as a Research Associate within the Nutrition team at Ulster on a range of externally funded research projects (2011-2014), before being promoted to Research Fellow in July 2014 and taking up her current Lecturer role in 2019.

Her research at the Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE) is focused on agri-food nutrition and consumer innovation, and she also has a particular interest in vitamin D requirements for health. She has supervised a number of PhDs to successful completion across these research areas.

Kirsty has experience of conducting controlled human intervention studies in different population and clinical groups, and is author on more than 55 peer-reviewed publications investigating various aspects of agri-food nutrition and consumer innovation, food choice, vitamin D and health.  In 2014, Kirsty was the inaugural recipient of the Julie Wallace Medal Lecture awarded by the Nutrition Society in recognition of early stage scientific excellence in the field of nutrition.

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 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification


Oct 2007Oct 2010

Award Date: 1 Feb 2011

Bachelor, School of Biomedical Sciences

Sep 2003Jul 2007

Award Date: 1 Jul 2007


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