Sarah Berry is a senior lecturer in Nutritional Sciences. Her research interests relate to the influence of dietary components on cardiometabolic disease risk, with particular focus on postprandial metabolism and vascular dysfunction. Since commencing her research career at King’s College London in 2000, she has been the academic leader for more than 30 human nutrition studies in cardio-metabolic health.
Sarah’s ongoing research involves human and mechanistic studies to elucidate how markers of cardiometabolic health can be modulated following acute and chronic intakes of different fatty acids and interesterified fats, as well as studies to investigate the influence of cell wall integrity on macronutrient and micronutrient release from different plant-based foods.
Sarah is also the lead nutritional scientist on an ongoing series of postprandial metabolic studies in the Department of Twin Research, assessing the genetic, metabolic, metagenomic, and meal-dependent effects on postprandial metabolic responses.
Frances runs her own research group studying the genetic epidemiology of common complex traits related to rheumatic diseases. In particular, her research focuses on chronic pain syndromes including low back pain and intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD). This ties in well with her clinical role as Hon Consultant Rheumatologist at Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
Frances also runs an NHS clinic for Musicians and Performing Artists, many of whom have chronic pain conditions, which threaten their occupational wellbeing. She has led several of the world’s first GWAS studies as well as the largest to date study of back pain, demonstrating that many of the environmental risk factors (e.g. social class) share a genetic predisposition with back pain.
Fran started working with TwinsUK in 2002. She became a full time TwinsUK researcher as Rheumatology Registrar/Senior Research Fellow in May 2003.
Christel has been a member of the Department of Twin Research since 1994 and has been involved with the Research Grants and Finance Management of the Department of Twin Research over the past 15 years.
Christel is responsible for budgeting all new research projects and managing all research funding. She is also an active member of the TwinsUK Research Executive Committee.