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Featured Researcher

Associate Professor
Professor Colm O'Donnell is Head of the School of Biosystem and Food Engineering and leads the Food Quality and Processing Research Theme within the Institute. A graduate of UCD, Colm's research interests include process analytical technology (PAT) for food processing, novel food processing technologies and dairy processing. He leads the PAT pillar in the newly established Irish Dairy Processing Technology Centre funded by Enterprise Ireland and industry.

Current Projects

Identifying foods with specific health benefits, or indeed components within those foods, is central to much of the work conducted within the Institute.
Personalised nutrition involves the delivery of nutritional advice, which takes into consideration both the genotype and the phenotype of an individual.

News & Events

17th November 2015
FHI is currently recruiting for a part-time Research Manager and a number of Research Assistants
Monday 21st September
Professor Helen Roche has recently been elected chair of the European Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life (HDHL) Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) Scientific Advisory Board (SAB).
27th March 2015
Congratulations to Professors John O'Doherty and Torres Sweeney who have received an SFI Investigator Award.
9th April 2015
The Nutritional Metabolomics group at the UCD Institute of Food and Health is seeking to recruit a PhD student to work on a European Research Council (ERC) funded project.
18th March 2015
Congratulations to Dr Lorraine Brennan who has been award over €2M through the European Research Council (ERC) to develop new nutrition research tools.
20th March 2015
There are currently several Research MSc opportunities available within the Institute in two of its large research programmes
18 March 2015
PostDoctoral Research Positions Available within the Nutrition Group
16 April 2015
"Supply Chain Management Issues in the Meat and Dairy Industry."
8th January 2015
Over 100 people recently attended the latest in the Institute's series of high level workshops.
10th and 11th December 2014
Food Research Conference
16 December 2014
Policy Seminar Series
29 September 2014
UCD and University of California David honour Dr Catherine Woteki, USDA Chief Scientist, at the inaugural John E Kinsella Memorial Lecture
5 August, 2014
Institute researcher, Prof Colm O'Donnell, listed among the world's top scientists.
14th April, 2014
Over 100 people recently attended the latest in the Institute's series of high level workshops.
12 February, 2014
Prof Séamus Fanning discusses the significance of antimicrobial resistance in the Food Chain on Ear to the Ground
21 February, 2014
Volunteers with Type 2 Diabetes and aged between 40 and 65 years, are required to take part in a diabetes study as part of the Food for Health Ireland research programme.
22 November, 2013
Institute member, Prof Nick Holden recently published a major new book investigating the economic sustainability and environmental concerns relating to food processing.
5 September, 2013
Institute appoints two new Associate Professors
8 September, 2013
Prof Dolores O'Riordan is the new Institute Director
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Featured Publication

Scott Hastings, Michael O'Sullivan, J.C. Jacquier & Dolores O'Riordan
This study investigated the effect of inhomogeneous distributions of quinine on bitterness intensity of gelatine–agar composite gels. It also investigated the effect of inhomogeneous distributions of the gel’s hydrocolloid constituents (the gelatine and agar) on the bitterness intensity of the quinine.