Dr Hunter is a member of the Sport Science Academic Team. She is Course Leader of the BSc (Hons) Exercise, Nutrition and Health and is Module Leader of Aetiology and Management of Disease, Applied Nutrition, and Food and Healthy Eating.
Dr Hunter gained her PhD from the University of Aberdeen in the development of stable isotope techniques and their use to study plasma 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.
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
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 to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil / PhD exist in all the areas identified above. Further information may be obtained by contacting Dr Hunter directly or from the NTU Graduate School.
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...