I am a solid Nutrition Scientist, registered nutritionist (Nutrition Science) with AfN and an elected trustee to the AfN Council. I have a 1st class degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics. After 12 months in weight management dietetics i gained a full-time postgraduate scholarship from the Greek State Scholarship Foundation to complete my MSc (MedSci) in Human Nutrition, Clinical Nutrition Specialisation at the University of Glasgow. In 2004, I was awarded my PhD working on the effects of dietary and exercise interventions on leptin and appetite control in obese, normal weight and trained individuals. Following this, I was appointed as Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the Rowett Research Institute in Aberdeen for 3 years in the Division of Obesity and Metabolic Health and worked on the effects of dietary supplementation with CLA and n-3 PUFA on obesity and ageing.
In 2006 I joined Nutrition and Dietetics department in Higher Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki in Greece to contribute to the curriculum of the Human Nutrition & Dietetics, Clinical Specialisation and to expand my research and practice. In 2011 I was appointed as the programme lead for the postgraduate programme in Clinical Nutrition at Roehampton University. In 2012, I started my academic work in Nutrition at Bournemouth University and got the Programme Leadership for BSc (Hons) Nutrition and MSc Nutrition and Behaviour later. Therefore, I have extensive experience in delivering and leading innovative Nutrition curricula in HE in the UK (BSc (Hons) Nutrition and MSc Nutrition and Behaviour) and internationally with successful programme leadership at undergraduate and postgraduate level in AfN accredited, university courses for 10 years in UK.
My research passion lies in prevention of maternal and childhood obesity. My current research explores comprehensive measurement of dietary patterns and psychosocial health indices in childbearing age with a focus on promotion of healthy eating towards Med Style diet. I have expertise in the development of novel and pragmatic dietary interventions for promotion of metabolic health and prevention of obesity and related complications. I am also researching in the field of healthy food groups in relation to healthy ageing and longevity for prevention of physical and cognitive frailty.