Personal profile


I am a Senior Lecturer working in the field of Nutrition and Health. I gained my degree in Biological Sciences and my PhD in Nutritional Pathology at the University of Cagliari, Italy. I afterwards spent 3 years at the University of Cagliari and 5 years at the University of Reading, at the Food and Nutritional Sciences Department, as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate. I joined the Life Science Department at the University of Roehampton in September 2014.


FHEA, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

PhD in Nutrition's Pathology, (University of Cagliari, Italy)
BSc / MSc in Biological Sciences (University of Cagliari, Italy)

Research interests

My research expertise is in the area of dietary polyphenols and their importance for healthy ageing and chronic disease prevention, and ranges from the clinical setting to the understanding of the molecular mechanisms of action, also focusing on understanding their metabolism and bioavailability, and its implications for establishing the mechanisms by which they exert numerous beneficial health effects in vivo. In particular, my research interest is on polyphenols impact on the vascular system, in the brain and in the gastrointestinal tract.

Professional affiliations

Member of the British Nutrition Society

Member of the Groupe Polyphenols

Consultancy work

Manuscript reviewer for European Journal of Nutrition, British Journal of Nutrition, Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, Nutrition and Aging, International Journal of Food Sciences & Nutrition, Food and Chemical Toxicology, Food Research International, Genes & Nutrition, Nutrition Reviews, Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, Rejuvenation Research, Cancer Epidemiology, Neurochemistry international.


Current teaching roles include:

  • Module Convenor for Public Health and Health Promotion (HE2)
  • Module Convenor for Public Health (MSc)
  • Lecturer for Food Science (HE2)
  • Lecturer for Advances in Nutrition (HE3)
  • Lecturer for Brain, Diet and Addicition (MSc)
  • Proposal, Dissertation and Project Supervision for Undergraduate (HE2 and HE3) and Postgraduate (MSc) students wishing to conduct their work on a topic related to my research area of expertise (Dietary Polyphenols and Health).