Professor Baukje de Roos

Professor Baukje de Roos
Professor Baukje de Roos
Professor Baukje de Roos


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Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen, Foresterhill, Aberdeen AB25 2ZD

School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition


Baukje de Roos is an internationally recognised nutrition scientist having >25 years of experience in the design and delivery of dietary intervention studies to assess how nutrients, foods and diets affect cardiovascular health outcomes and resilience to disease development. Earlier leading work in the field of proteomics and biomarker discovery led to funding for several European research projects, a BBSRC Case studentship and an invitation to join an International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) task force to establish the usefulness of proteomics for efficacy demonstration of dietary bioactives. Current work focusses on developing and implementing novel and state-of-the-art interdisciplinary precision and personalised nutrition approaches to improve population and individual health, as well as identifying responders and non-responders to interventions, supported by RCUK and industry funding as well as several international research collaborations. Her Scottish Government RESAS-funded work focusses on exploratory modelling of relationships between ‘healthiness’, ‘carbon footprint’, ‘level of processing’ and ‘cost’ of UK diets to identify the most important potential food switches in real-time UK diets, work which is now being developed into a ‘foodswap’ app. Her expertise in the area of diet and health has formed the basis of contracts and consultancies with large food companies (Unilever, By-Health, Stephan Nutrition, Cognis, MacPhie of Glenbervie, Provexis, Kelloggs), food levy boards (Seafish), the food and drink support sector (Food and Drink Innovation Service, Scotland Food & Drink), and national UK television (Channel 4’s Food Hospital and Superfoods series).


  • MSc Human Nutrition 
    1995 - Wageningen University, the Netherlands 
  • PhD Human Nutrition 
    2000 - Wageningen University, the Netherlands 

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Deputy Director, the Rowett Institute, School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition

Member of the Senior Management Team of the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition, University of Aberdeen.

Chair of the Human Studies Management Committee at the Rowett Institute.

External Memberships

Jan 2021 -               : Editorial Board Member for the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Sep 2014 – Jan 2020: Director NuGO (European Nutrigenomics Organisation) 



Research Overview

  • Clinical and dietary intervention trials assessing how diets, foods and nutrients affect disease risk and resilience to disease development
  • Personalised and precision nutrition and biomarker discovery
  • Modelling healthy, sustainable and affordable diets
  • Food systems and human health outcomes, especially in relation to sea food consumption.

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I am currently accepting PhDs in Nutrition and Health.

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Nutrition and Health

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Current Research

Seafood and human health

  • Investigating the effects of traditional versus sustainable feeding regimes of farmed salmon on heart health, micronutrient status, inflammation, oxidative stress and gut health in the Scottish population (Scottish Government Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services)
  • Development of a metric for assessing the impacts on nutrition and health of agroecosystems producing farmed seafood (Immana)
  • Strategies to balance enhanced fish consumption with sustainable fish production (BBSRC)

Modelling healthy, sustainable and affordable diets

  • Modelling foods/drinks that drive healthiness, carbon footprint and costs within UK diets to identify ‘food switches’ in real-time UK diets (Scottish Government Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services)

 Precision nutrition

  • Modelling individual responses to healthier diets and new ways to quantify the importance of physiology and behaviour for successful dietary changes (Unilever, BBSRC)
  • Individual efficacy of anthocyanins in blueberries to affect metabolic health (ByHealth)
  • Inter-individual variation in response to consumption of plant food bioactives and determinants involved (EU COST Action POSTIVe)

Clinical and dietary intervention trials

  • Development of nutritional and exercise strategies to increase resilience and improve health outcomes (BBSRC)



  • Anne Wanders, Liesbeth Zandstra, Peter Zock (Unilever, the Netherlands)
  • Paul Fernandes (School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen)
  • Lorraine Brennan (UCD, Ireland)
  • Alan Sneddon (Rowett, University of Aberdeen)
  • Dave Little, Frances Murray, Alexandra Pounds (University of Stirling)
  • Nanna Roos (University of Copenhagen)
  • Eleanor Grieve (University of Glasgow)
  • Gulshan Ara, Santhia Ireen, Tahmeed Ahmed (icddr,b, Bangladesh)
  • Abdullah-Al Mamun (Noakhali Science and Technology University, Bangladesh)
  • Christine Morand, Claudine Manach (Université Clermont Auvergne, INRA, France)
  • Felix Zhang, Jiehua Chen (ByHealth, China)
  • Niamh O'Kennedy (SIS, UK)
  • Dr Jetty Lee, Hong Kong University, China
  • Dr Vasanthi Siruguri / Dr Radhika Madhari, National Institute of Nutrition, India
  • Prof Marianne Geleijnse, Wageningen University, the Netherlands
  • Prof Anne-Marie Minihane, University of East Anglia, UK
  • Prof Zoltan Takats, Imperial College London



My current supervision areas are: Nutrition and Health.

2018-2022: supervision of Tilly Potter (BBSRC DTP / Unilever PhD studentship)

2016-2021: co-supervision of Anneli Lofstedt (EASTBIO PhD studentship)

2016-2020: supervision of Teresa Grohmann (By Health-funded PhD studentship)

2015-2018: supervision of Khairun Nafisa (Malaysian Government PhD studentship)

2013-2017: supervision of Dom Partridge (BBSRC Case/SiS PhD studentship)

2011-2014: supervision of Felix Zhang (Industrial PhD studentship)

2009-2012: supervision of Eva-Maria Bachmair (Industrial PhD studentship)

2008-2011: co-supervision of Lisa Michel (BHF PhD studentship)

2007-2011: supervision of Luisa Ostertag (Rowett/IFR PhD studentship)

2007-2009: co-supervision of Vanessa Rungapamestry (Post-doctoral student from UCD)

2007-2009: supervision of Guillermo Rodriguez Guttierez (Post-doctoral fellow)

2007-2008: supervision of Katie Crosley (Post-doctoral fellow on NuGO project)

2005-2008: supervision of Yiannis Mavrommatis (Rowett PhD-studentship)

2005-2006: supervision of Jose Miguel Arbones-Mainar (Post-doctoral fellow)

Funding and Grants

2019-2023. By-Health, Dupont, AkerBiomarine and Indena. An open label parallel randomised trial to assess the effects of a MOnitored PErsonalised Diet and Supplement intervention on the remission of metabolic syndrome (MOPEDS). £174,122

2020-2021. UKIERI. UKIERI Mobility Programme: Study in India. £33,680

2020-2021. GCRF – SFC. Sustainable Intensification : Integrating Aquaculture into Food Systems. £9,800

2019-2020. MRC Development Award. Mycotoxin exposure, intestinal inflammation and childhood stunting in India. £23,915

2019-2023. MRC UK Consortium for MetAbolic Phenotyping (MAP UK). £2,138,277

2018-2022. BBSRC DTP / Unilever. Modelling individual responses to healthier diets and new ways to quantify the importance of physiology and behaviour for successful dietary changes. £144K

2017. BBSRC GCRF IAA. Introduction of health technologies to monitor dietary intake in relation to metabolic health in India. £11K

2016-2020. EASTBIO. Strategies to balance enhanced fish consumption with sustainable fish production. £70K

2016-2018. Immana-DFID Aquatic Food for Health and Nutrition (AQN): A metric for assessing the impacts on nutrition and health of agroecosystems producing farmed seafood. £250K

2016-2021. Scottish Government (part of Rowett rolling grant). ‘(Shell)fish and human health’. ~£1M

2016-2020. By Health, China. Efficacy of anthocyanins in blueberries to affect metabolic health in a Chinese/Asian population living in China and in the UK. £90K


Teaching Responsibilities

In the past years I have led and facilitated the successful Rowett expansion in Nutrition postgraduate teaching (PGT), from the delivery of a 1-year MSc Human Nutrition programme (since 1984) to that of a portfolio of face-to-face and new on-line MSc programmes, courses, a Massive Open Online course (MOOC) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) (‘on demand’) offerings. 

I have developed a Rowett teaching strategy that ensures that we capitalise on recent successes to ensure that we can sustain and further develop the growth of our nutrition PGT and CPD nutrition programmes and courses. I pro-actively participate in the development and delivery of on-campus lectures (Foundation of Nutrition, Nutrition & Health, Molecular Nutrition and Clinical Nutrition courses) and on-line content and discussion forums (Fundamentals of Human Nutrition and Metabolism, Clinical Nutrition for Disease Prevention, Nutrition and Health through the Life Stages courses, Food Choice and Behaviour CPD, Nutrition and Wellbeing MOOC).


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