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Kirsty Hunter

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)


Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

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.

Career overview

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.

Research areas

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:

  • Kelly Johal
  • Paul Lester
  • Robert Needham
  • Connor Parker
  • Nicola Camp

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.
  • Prebiotics in health and disease: the effects of prebiotic supplementation on gut, lung and brain 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

External activity

Dr Hunter is a Scientific Advisor to the All Party Parliamentary Group: Human Gut Microbiome.


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, 1366-74

See all of Kirsty Hunter's publications...