Optimising nutrient release from plant-based foods
My PhD at Quadram focuses on studying the digestion of type 1 resistant starch (RS1) and the effect of different processing methods on RS1 structures. Our aim with the EDWARDS team is to better understand the behaviour of RS1 in the whole gastrointestinal tract and explore potential mechanisms RS1 may play role in disease prevention such as diabetes and obesity-related comorbidities. In close collaboration with the Industrial partner, Ab Mauri we will be developing palatable food products containing RS1 that could be incorporated into the human diet.
Previously, I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition at the University of Westminster and a Master Research degree at Imperial College London in Diabetes and Obesity Clinical Research. My previous research experience at Imperial College involved a pilot randomised controlled study investigating the role of Guar Gum supplementation in Gestational Diabetes prevention among high-risk women. I also assisted in in-vivo digestion studies using nasogastric, duodenal and jejunal tubes.
In addition, I bring work experience setting up healthcare programmes for women living with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is one of the most common endocrine condition among women in childbearing age that places them at high risk of Diabetes and other Cardiometabolic complications. This work involves working for an Innovate UK project in the Philippines, where this condition is particularly overlooked and the programme is raising awareness for diagnosis and treatment options.