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Prof Dianne Ford

Pro Vice-Chancellor

Prof Dianne Ford Exec Dean Hls Photo Cropped2502016 – Professor of Molecular Nutrition and Executive Dean, Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, Northumbria University

2009-2016 Professor of Molecular Nutrition, Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences, Newcastle University

1998-2009 Lecturer then Senior Lecturer. Department of Biological and Nutritional Sciences, then Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences, Newcastle upon Tyne

1994-1998 Research Associate, Department of Physiological Sciences, Newcastle University

1991-1994 Research Associate, Department of Pharmacological Sciences, Newcastle University

1988-1991 PhD Biochemistry, University of Bristol

1985-1988 BSc Biochemistry, First Class Honours,, University of Bristol

Campus Address

NB262, 2nd Floor, Northumberland Building
E210, Coach Lane Campus West

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • The presence and response to Zn of ZnT family mRNAs in human dental pulp, Wahono, N., Ford, D., Wakeling, L., Valentine, R. 1 Mar 2019, In: Metallomics
  • Maternal Red Blood Cell Folate and Infant Vitamin B12 Status Influence Methylation of Genes Associated with Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Potter, C., Moorman, A., Relton, C., Ford, D., Mathers, J., Strathdee, G., McKay, J. 1 Nov 2018, In: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
  • Changes in Zn homeostasis during long term culture of primary endothelial cells and effects of Zn on endothelial cell senescence, Malavolta, M., Costarelli, L., Giacconi, R., Basso, A., Piacenza, F., Pierpaoli, E., Provinciali, M., Ogo, O., Ford, D. 1 Dec 2017, In: Experimental Gerontology
  • Effects of age and nutritional state on the expression of gustatory receptors in the honeybee (Apis mellifera), Simcock, N., Wakeling, L., Ford, D., Wright, G. 12 Apr 2017, In: PLoS One
  • Maternal folate depletion during early development and high fat feeding from weaning elicit similar changes in gene expression, but not in DNA methylation, in adult offspring, McKay, J., Xie, L., Adriaens, M., Evelo, C., Ford, D., Mathers, J. 6 Feb 2017, In: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
  • Metabolic programming of a beige adipocyte phenotype by genistein, Aziz, S., Wakeling, L., Miwa, S., Alberdi, G., Hesketh, J., Ford, D. 3 Feb 2017, In: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
  • Epigenetic Responses to Diet in Aging, Ford, D. 2016, Molecular Basis of Nutrition and Aging, Elsevier
  • Gene promoter DNA methylation patterns have a limited role in orchestrating transcriptional changes in the fetal liver in response to maternal folate depletion during pregnancy, McKay, J., Adriaens, M., Evelo, C., Ford, D., Mathers, J. 1 Sep 2016, In: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
  • Organ-Specific Gene Expression Changes in the Fetal Liver and Placenta in Response to Maternal Folate Depletion, McKay, J., Xie, L., Adriaens, M., Evelo, C., Ford, D., Mathers, J. 22 Oct 2016, In: Nutrients
  • Zinc sensing by metal-responsive transcription factor 1 (MTF1) controls metallothionein and ZnT1 expression to buffer the sensitivity of the transcriptome response to zinc, Hardyman, J., Tyson, J., Jackson, K., Aldridge, C., Cockell, S., Wakeling, L., Valentine, R., Ford, D. 1 Mar 2016, In: Metallomics

PGR Supervision

  • Sophia Quigley Start: 11/02/2019
  • John Henderson The role of sirtuins and NAD+ in aspects of healthy cellular function and in cellular protection and ageing Start: 01/10/2016


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