Xiaoying Tian

Xiaoying Tian


I obtained my bachelor degree in Food Quality and Safety at Shandong Agricultural University (China) in 2017 and my master degree in Nutrition at the University of Leeds in 2019, then started my PhD at the University of Leeds in Jan 2020.

Research interests

At present, my project focuses mainly on the potential property of ergothioneine in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The aim of my project is to test the therapeutic property of Erg in NAFLD. Ergothioneine (Erg) is an amino acid functioning as an antioxidant and is recently proposed as an essential vitamin.  Erg is mainly absorbed by the non-parenchymal hepatic cells and retained within the human body with limited excretion. Currently, this project includes in vitro experiments (in hepatic cells) and a human study (the ErgMS study).


ErgMS study is a randomised controlled interventional trial. We are interested in the group with risks of metabolic syndrome and will supplement them with either placebo or Erg. We will start the recruitment in 2022. Please check on our study website (https://ergothioneine.leeds.ac.uk/) and/or contact us (ErgMS@leeds.ac.uk) if you are interested in this study.


  • BSc. Food Quality and Safety
  • MSc. Nutrition