My academic qualifications include a BSc (Hons) in Medical Sciences from the University of Leeds, UK and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Ulster, UK. I further hold two diplomas from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), USA in the ‘Principles and Practice of Cancer Prevention and Control’ and in ‘Molecular Prevention of Cancer’. My main research interests include studying the effects of diet and lifestyle on intermediate end points of chronic disease risk, with an ultimate aim of promoting healthy ageing and improving quality of life. I have been involved in several large clinical nutrition trials investigating longer term effects of specific foods (e.g., watercress, wholegrain foods, salad vegetables) on human health as well as shorter-term acute studies investigating the absorption, metabolism and bioavailability of dietary bioactive phytochemicals, including polyphenols and carotenoids. I have a particular interest in the area of personalised nutrition including the reasons driving the inter-individual variability in the bioavailability, metabolism and effects of dietary components in humans. I am also interested in exploring, identifying and utilising diet related intermediate end points (‘biomarkers’) to determine risk for various chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and cancers. I have been involved in supervising undergraduate, Masters and PhD research projects and in teaching food and human nutrition topics to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Whilst working in the UK, I served as an expert member in a National Research Ethics Services (NRES) Ethics Committee in the North East of England. I have joined the Clinical Nutrition Research Centre within the Singapore Institute of Clinical Sciences (SICS) in September 2014.