Prof Dolores O'Riordan appointed as Director of the Institute

8 September, 2013 

Prof Dolores O' Riordan was recently appointed Director of the Institute of Food and Health, which is currently ranked amongst the top 5 of European Universities and top 20 globally in Food Science and Technology output. 

Prof O'Riordan completed a BSc in Dairy Science and PhD in Protein Chemistry at University College Cork, spending some time as a research fellow at both UCC and Cornell University. In 1989 she joined  Kerry Ingredients, Plc where she was responsible for  the development and promotion of innovative milk ingredients for the Irish, UK, mainland Europe, North and South American markets.

Since joining UCD in 1995, she has secured substantial funding (circa €22 million) from competitively won grants to conduct research in the area of food ingredients/health inducing food ingredients. The underlying aim of her research is to create foods that enhance health benefits and are acceptable and pleasing to consumers. The majority of the research grants she has won have a significant industrial contribution, reflecting the value of research to the food industry and the commercial potential of the output. She has established a critical mass and an internationally recognised research team in the area of health inducing foods at UCD.

Prof O'Riordan is an advisor to government departments (Agriculture Food and Marine, Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation) and government agencies (Enterprise Ireland and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland) on strategy development in the area of food science and technology.