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Emma Feeney

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of Agriculture & Food Science
Science Centre - South
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7162247
Email: emma.feeney@ucd.ie

Biography

Dr. Emma Feeney hold degrees from Queen's University, Belfast (BSc Genetics) and University College Dublin (PhD Genetics and Nutrition). She has postdoctoral experience from UCD and from Penn State university, in the areas of human nutrition and metabolism, function food ingredients from dairy, and in sensory evaluation.  Following postdoctoral research in FHI Phase 1 and 2, in human intervention studies and on the Healthy Cheeses workpackage, she joined the FHI management team as the Science Program Manager in 2016.

Emma has extensive experience in various aspects of sensory evaluation, psychophysical measurements and nutrition intake assessment in children and adults. Her research interests include food consumption patterns, genetic variation in taste and the subsequent effect on food liking and choice. 

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2013.
Title: Nutrition Society Travel Award
Year: 2011.
Title: Universitas 21 Early Career Researcher Award
Year: 2010.
Title: The Nutrition Society Postgraduate Review Award

Associations

Association: The European Chemosensory Research Organisation (ECRO), Function/Role: Member
Association: Society for Sensory Professionals (SSP), Function/Role: Member
Association: American Society for Chemosensory Perception (AChems), Function/Role: Member
Association: NuGO, Function/Role: Member
Association: The Nutrition Society, Function/Role: Member
           

Education

Year 2005 Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Qualification: BSc Subject: Genetics
Year 2010 Institution:
Qualification: PhD Subject: PhD in Nutrition and Genetics
         

Publications

     

Peer Reviewed Journals

Feeney EL, O'Brien SA;Scannell AG;Markey A;Gibney ER (2017) 'Suprathreshold measures of taste perception in children - Association with dietary quality and body weight'. Appetite, 113 :116-123. [DOI] [Details]
EL Feeney, A O'Sullivan, AP Nugent, B McNulty, Janette Walton, Albert Flynn, ER Gibney (2017) 'Patterns of dairy food intake, body composition and markers of metabolic health in Ireland: results from the National Adult Nutrition Survey'. Nutrition & diabetes, 7 (2):e243. [Details]
Thorning TK, Bertram HC, Bonjour JP, de Groot L, Dupont D, Feeney E, Ipsen R, Lecerf JM, Mackie A, McKinley MC, Michalski MC, Rémond D, Risérus U, Soedamah-Muthu SS, Tholstrup T, Weaver C, Astrup A, Givens I. (2017) 'Whole dairy matrix or single nutrients in assessment of health effects: current evidence and knowledge gaps'. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 105 (5):1033-1045. [DOI] [Details]
Sanyal S, O'Brien SM;Hayes JE;Feeney EL (2016) 'TongueSim: Development of an Automated Method for Rapid Assessment of Fungiform Papillae Density for Taste Research'. Chemical Senses, . [DOI] [Details]
Feeney EL, Nugent AP;Mc Nulty B;Walton J;Flynn A;Gibney ER (2016) 'An overview of the contribution of dairy and cheese intakes to nutrient intakes in the Irish diet: results from the National Adult Nutrition Survey'. British Journal of Nutrition, 115 (4):709-717. [DOI] [Details]
Hayes JE, Feeney EL, Nolden AA, McGeary JE. (2015) 'Quinine Bitterness and Grapefruit Liking Associate with Allelic Variants in TAS2R31'. Chemical Senses, 40 (6):437-443. Available Online [Details]
Feeney, EL and Regan, A and Wall, P and Gibney, ER (2015) 'Nutritious and delicious? Consumer perspectives on Cheddar Cheese vs the dietary nutrient contribution of cheddar in Ireland'. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 74 (OCE4):E225. [Details]
Feeney, EL Hayes, JE (2014) 'Exploring associations between taste perception, oral anatomy and polymorphisms in the carbonic anhydrase (gustin) gene CA6'. Physiology & Behavior, 10 (128):148-154. [DOI] [Details]
Feeney, EL O'Brien, SA Scannell, A Markey A Gibney ER (2014) 'Genetic and Environmental influences on liking and reported intakes of vegetables in Irish children'. Food Quality and Preference, 32 :253-263. [Details]
O'Brien, S.A., Feeney, E.L., Scannell, A.G.M., Markey, A., Gibney, E.R. (2013) 'Bitter taste perception and dietary intake patterns in Irish children'. Journal Of Nutrigenetics And Nutrigenomics, 6 (1):43-58. [Details]
Hayes, JE Feeney, EL Allen, AL (2013) 'Do polymorphisms in chemosensory genes matter for human ingestive behavior?'. Food Quality and Preference, 30 (2):202-216. [Details]
Feeney, EL (2011) 'The impact of bitter perception and genotypic variation of TAS2R38 on food choice'. BNF Nutrition Bulletin, 36 (1):20-33. [Details]
Feeney E, O'Brien S, Scannell A, Markey A, Gibney ER; (2011) 'Genetic variation in taste perception: does it have a role in healthy eating?'. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 70 :1-9. [DOI] [Details]

Other Journals

Feeney, E.L Hayes, JE (2014) 'Regional Differences in suprathreshold intensity for bitter and umami stimuli' Chemosensory Perception . [Details]

Conference Publications

Davis,HC, Feeney, EL (2015) Coffee consumption associates with variations in bitter taste receptor gene TAS2R38, but not with TAS2R43- implications for flavour-nutrient learning for caffeine? Pangborn Sensory Science Conference, Sweden [Details]
Feeney, EL. (2015) Healthy cheese ¿ Can cheese really be healthy? A review of the current evidence Euro-Global Summit and Expo on Food & Beverages [Details]
Feeney, EL and Regan, A and Wall, P and Gibney, ER (2015) Nutritious and delicious? Consumer perspectives on Cheddar Cheese vs the dietary nutrient contribution of cheddar in Ireland Nutrition Society Meeting , pp.E225 [Details]
Feeney, E. (2014) Potential Health Benefits from Cheese Consumption Institute of Food Science and Technology, Ireland [Details]
Feeney, EL; McGeary, JE; Hayes, JE (2013) Carbonic Anhydrase CA6 (gustin) polymorphisms and perceived taste intensity Annual Conference for the Association of Chemosensory perception (Achems), Huntington Beach California [Details]
Feeney, EL; Allen, AL; McGeary, JE; Hayes, JE (2013) Variation in GNAT3, liking for diet soda, and adiposity: a possible role for nutrient sensing in the gut? Blankenese Conference, Hamburg [Details]
Feeney, E. (2011) Exploring the post-prandial effects of Whey Protein Hydrolysates Universitas 21 Early Career Researcher Workshop [Details]
Feeney, EL; O¿Brien, SA; Scannell, AGM; Markey, A; Gibney, ER. (2009) 6-n-propylthiouracil (PROP) taster status in a group of Irish children and parents and its effect on dislike of cabbage International Congress of Nutrition [Details]
Feeney, E; O¿Brien, S; Scannell, A; Markey, A; Gibney, ER. (2009) Perceived sucrose intensity is related to 6-n-Propylthiouracil sensitivity in children and to markers of sugar intake in adults Nutrition Society UK Annual Meeting [Details]
Feeney, E; O¿Brien, S; Scannell, A; Markey, A; Gibney, E.R. (2008) The effect of 6-n-propylthiouracil taster status on fruit and vegetable intake and hedonic ratings in a group of Irish children Nutrition Society Irish Section Meeting [Details]
                                         

Abstract

O'Brien, S,Feeney, EL,Scannell, A,Markey, A,Gibney, ER (2009) 6-N-PROPYLTHIOURACIL (PROP) TASTER STATUS IS NOT RELATED TO BODY MASS INDEX (BMI) IN IRISH CHILDREN. Abstract [Details]
Feeney, EL,Gibney, ER,Markey, A,O'Brien, S,Scannell, A (2009) 6-N-PROPYLTHIOURACIL (PROP) TASTER STATUS MAY AFFECT ACCEPTANCE OF BITTER-TASTING VEGETABLES. Abstract [Details]
                                                                                           

Research

Research Interests

Dr. Emma Feeney hold degrees from Queen's University, Belfast (BSc Genetics) and University College Dublin (PhD Genetics and Nutrition). She has postdoctoral experience from UCD and from Penn State university, in the areas of human nutrition and metabolism, functional food ingredients from dairy, and in sensory evaluation.  Following postdoctoral research in FHI Phase 1 and 2, in human intervention studies and on the Healthy Cheeses workpackage, she joined the FHI management team as the Science Program Manager in 2016.

Emma has extensive experience in various aspects of sensory evaluation, psychophysical measurements and nutrition intake assessment in children and adults. Her research interests include food consumption patterns, genetic variation in taste and the subsequent effect on food liking and choice. 

     

Teaching

 

Modules Coordinated

201700   FDSC40600     Food Science: Principles of Sensory Science
201700   FDSC40020     Food Science: Food Ingredients
       

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

Dr Anne Nugent
Dr. Eileen Gibney
 

External Collaborators

Prof. John Hayes, The Pennsylvania State University