Janet graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a BSc (Hons) in Food Science and microbiology, then gained a MSc(Med sci) in Human Nutrition from the University of Glasgow. After graduating she spent 7 years working as a research assistant, at the Rowett Research Institute, Aberdeen on a series of Food Standards Agency and EU human intervention and supplementation projects investigating the uptake and potential antioxidant/oxidant effects of flavonoids and selenium on human health. During this time she completed her PhD at the University of Aberdeen which focussed on dietary flavonoid intake and colorectal cancer risk. On completing her PhD she undertook a Marie Curie Industrial Research Fellowship based at Unilever R&D, Vlaardingen in the Netherlands. In 2005 she returned to Aberdeen to join the Public Health Nutrition Research Group as a Research Fellow in nutrition and to manage the Scottish Collaborative Group Food Frequency Questionnaire service.
In 2011 she moved into lecturing co-ordinating post graduate courses as part of the International Health & Management and Global Health programmes, before returning to nutrition and her current position as programme co-ordinator for the MSc in Human Nutrition in February 2013.
- Investigating the role of diet in relation to disease with a particular interst in novel compounds including phytochemicals
- Dietary assessment methods and development of novel food composition databases both locally in UK and internationally.
- Food security and ensure provision of sustainable diets
- Development of nutrient and food portion databases to support calculation packages linked to dietary assessment tools including web-based 24hr recall and food frequency questionnaires. These are for both local and internatonal projects based in Nepal, India and Saudi Arabia.
- Design and completion of validation studies for food questionnaire questionnaires
- Food security: maximinising nutirent quality and minimisation of environmental impact of rice production; calculation of environmental impact of diets meeting dietary recommendations.
- Development of novel nutrititive food composition databases to factilitate the epidemiological assessment of dietary intake and disease risk.
- Investigating the role of diet in relation to inflammatory bowel disease
World Wildlife Fund 2010, Livewell project: A balance of healthy and sustainable food choices. Kyle J, MacDiarmid J, Johnson A & McNeill G.
Chief Scientists Office 2016, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and the role of dietary intake patterns for relapse of condition.
- MSc Human Nutrition Programme co-ordinator
- Co-ordinator for following courses:
- Research project management
- Specialist research project in human nutrition
- Contribute to teaching on the following courses
- 6th century World of Foods
- 1st year Medicine
- Lead CPD Introductory & Advanced Short Courses in Dietary Assessment Methods