Professor Caroline Orfila

Professor Caroline Orfila

Profile

My research group aims to understand the role of food carbohydrates (sugars, starch, fibre) on health and disease. The focus is on understanding pre- and post-harvest processing effects on nutritional quality and safety of a range of plant crops, including legume and cereal seeds, tubers, fruits and vegetables. I am particularly interested in using low cost agricultural and food processing methods to reduce waste and enhance the nutritional quality diets.

Responsibilities

  • Associate Director of the Food and Environment Institute

Research interests

  • Plant cell walls and impact on texture and nutritional quality
  • Fibre and health
  • Starch digestion and health
  • Plant foods (cereals, legumes, fruits, tubers)
  • Post-harvest losses
  • Diet and quality of life
  • Waste valorisation
<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>

Qualifications

  • BSc Biochemistry and Food Science (University of Leeds)
  • PhD in Plant Sciences (University of Leeds)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (Northumbria University)

Professional memberships

  • Registered Nutritionist (Association for Nutrition)
  • Nutrition Society (Member)
  • Higher Education Academy (Fellow)

Student education

My teaching focuses on educating learners on the principles of nutrition and nutritional biochemistry at undergraduate and postgraduate level. I use a research-led approach, using examples from my own research to equip learners with skills to evaluate scientific evidence.

Research groups and institutes

  • Nutrition and Public Health
  • Functional Biopolymers for Food and Health
  • Human Nutrition and Lifestyle Intervention
  • Digestion and Delivery
  • Food Safety, Security and Sustainability
<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>