Dr Hunter is a member of the Sport Science Academic Team. She is Module Leader of Aetiology and Management of Disease, Applied Nutrition, and Applied Health Promotion.
Dr Hunter gained her PhD from the University of Aberdeen in the development of stable isotope techniques to study protein synthesis in humans. She went on to undertake a 3 year post-doctoral position at the Rowett Research Institute in which she coordinated a MAFF-funded project investigating the influence of dietary lipids on post-prandial haemostasis. Since then, she has coordinated the design and validation of two undergraduate degrees relating to nutrition at NTU and taught undergraduate and postgraduate modules relating to nutrition, metabolism, and health promotion.
Dr Hunter is an active member of the Sport, Health and Performance Enhancement Research Group and the Biomedical, Life and Health Sciences Research Centre
Current Research Students:
- Paul Lester
- Robert Needham
Dr Hunter’s research focusses on the impact of nutrition on health and disease in humans. She has the following main areas of interest:
- Omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in health and disease: their influence on cognitive function and the management of asthma.
- Prebiotics in health and disease: the effects of prebiotic supplementation on gut and lung health.
- Nutrition for performance and health in the workplace.
Opportunities arise to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil / PhD in the areas identified above. Further information may be obtained on the NTU Research Degrees website https://www.ntu.ac.uk/research/research-degrees-at-ntu.
Sponsors and collaborators
Research is currently being conducted with the funding and/or support of:
- Dr Stephanie McCardle, Senior Research Fellow, Biosciences
- Dr Graham Sharpe, Principal Lecturer in Exercise Physiology
- Dr Mike Johnson, Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology
- Dr Alex Sumich, Reader in Biopsychology and Mental Health
- Dr Nadja Heym, Lecturer in Psychology
Prebiotics and probiotics: potential strategies for reducing travellers' diarrhoea in athletes competing abroad. Walton GE, Lim Y. Ng Y, Hannah R and Hunter K, Food Science and Technology Bulletin: Functional Foods, 2010, 6 (9), 105-114
Mushtaq, S., Heather Mangiapane, E. & Hunter, K. A. 2010. Estimation of cis-9, trans-11 conjugated linoleic acid content in UK foods and assessment of dietary intake in a cohort of healthy adults, British Journal of Nutrition, 103, 1366-74See all of Kirsty Hunter's publications...