Health & Food Safety

There are many diseases and infections that people get through the food they eat, and food safety, particularly but not exclusively in less-developed countries, is a major challenge.

People » Carolina Bruschi

PhD Student, University of Reading

Carolina Bruschi is a PhD student in the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University of Reading. She graduated in Biology at Universidade Estadual de Londrina (Londrina, Brazil) and did her masters studies in Applied Microbiology at Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Porto, Portugal). Her studies focus on food health and safety, mainly working with lactic acid bacteria and Listeria monocytogenes.


People » Charles Michel


Charles is a Franco-Colombian professional chef graduated from ‘Institut Paul Bocuse’ cookery school in Lyon, France in 2006. After a classical training in kitchens in France and Italy, including two years at the three Michelin-starred restaurant “Dal Pescatore”, his work as a cook took a turn in a collaborative research with professor Charles Spence, applying insights from sensory and psychological science to culinary creations.


People » Christopher Fairburn

Professor of Psychiatry & Wellcome Principal Research Fellow

Christopher Fairburn’s research focuses on the nature and treatment of eating disorders.


People » Martin Maiden

Professor of Molecular Epidemiology Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow & Fellow of Hertford College

Martin Maiden's research aims to translate the findings of investigations into population biology and the evolution of bacterial pathogens into benefits for human health, through public health interventions such as vaccination.


People » Mike Rayner

Professor of Population Health and Director of the British Heart Foundation Centre on Population Approaches for Non-Communicable Disease Prevention

People » Paul Aveyard

Professor of Behavioural Medicine

My research focuses on behavioural medicine. This is the intergration of biological, psychological and sociological knowledge to prevent and treat disease and to aid rehabilitation.
My work focuses on helping people change their behaviour, either to prevent serious disease, or as a treatment for that disease.  
A lot of my work has examined interventions to help people stop or reduce their smoking and lately I have worked in helping people manage their weight if they have become obese.  

People » Proochista Ariana

Departmental Lecturer in Global Health and Development & Co-director of the MSc in Global Health Science

Proochista’s research interests lie in the interaction between the processes of development and health, with an appreciation for the complexity of both.


People » Saher Hasnain

Post-doctoral researcher and IFSTAL Education Coordinator, School of Geography and the Environment

Saher is a postdoctoral researcher with the Foresight4Food Initiative, and the Education Coordinator (Maternity Cover) for the Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning programme (IFSTAL) with the ECI Food Systems Group.


People » Sanne Peters

Research Fellow in Epidemiology

Sanne Peters is a Research Fellow in Epidemiology at The George Institute for Global Health, Oxford Martin School. She obtained her a PhD in Epidemiology from Utrecht University and worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Utrecht University and at the University of Cambridge.


People » Tim Coulson

Professor of Zoology & Professorial Fellow Jesus College

Tim’s research investigates the causes and consequences of dynamics of individual characters including obesity and behavior.