Professor Nicola Lowe

Nicole Lowe challenge leader

Food Systems

Nicola Lowe is Professor of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and Director of the UCLan Research Centre for Global Development.

After graduating from the University of Liverpool with a PhD in trace mineral metabolism, Nicola spent four years as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of California, Berkeley where she conducted research examining the homeostatic response to dietary zinc depletion, returning to the University of Liverpool to continue this work until she joined UCLan in 2000. Her primary research interest is trace mineral metabolism, with a particular focus on zinc. From 2013 to 2017, she was Chair of Zinc-Net, a network of international scientists brought together through funding from the European Commission (COST Action), to address issues relating to the role of zinc in human health. She has been collaborating with researchers in Pakistan for over 17 years, conducting research aimed at tackling malnutrition in marginalised communities. She is currently the Principal Investigator for research in Pakistan to investigate novel biomarkers of zinc status, and the potential for wheat biofortification to alleviate zinc deficiency.

Nicola is also the research director and a trustee for the Abaseen Foundation. This Lancashire based charity is working alongside community members in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in north west Pakistan, to improve education and health care provision. In 2010, Nicola and her research team won The Times Higher Education’s International Collaboration of the Year award for their work to improve the nutrition and health status of communities in Peshawar, Pakistan and Blackburn, UK.

Nicola is a Fellow of the Association for Nutrition and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has published over 70 peer reviewed articles, and is committed to research that embraces the Global Code of Conduct for equitable partnerships in research.

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