Oonagh graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Sciences from the University of Limerick, Ireland in 2007. She was awarded her PhD in Nutrition and Physiology from the same university in 2012. Shortly after completion of her PhD, Oonagh was appointed as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Reading’s Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition (2012-2016). She has been a UKVRN Registered Nutritionist (Nutrition Science) with the Association for Nutrition since 2014.
Oonagh joined the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences as a Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow in October 2016 and was appointed to her current position as Senior Lecturer in Nutritional Sciences in Feb 2021.
In May 2021, Oonagh was appointed to the role of the Nutrition Society’s 'Nutrition in the treatment, management and prevention of disease' Deputy Theme Lead. She is a member of the Editorial Board for The Journal of Nutrition (Sept 2021 - Present).
Oonagh’s research interests relate to the impact of dietary components, energy balance and food reformulation strategies on markers of cardiometabolic disease risk, with a particular focus on novel risk markers. This includes assessment of postprandial lipaemia, systemic and adipose tissue inflammation as well as vascular function. Her research aims to provide scientific evidence relevant to public health policy for disease prevention and management across the lifecourse.
Oonagh also contributes to global health projects which focus on infant and child nutrition in low-to-middle income countries undergoing a nutrition transition, including Peru, Kenya and Malawi.
Selected External Funding
- Principal Investigator: Society for the Study of Human Biology Research Grant (2020-2021).
- Named Researcher: Medical Research Council UK-Peru: Relationship between Food, Nutrition & Health (2019-2022). MR/S024921/1. PI: Dr Emily Rousham.
- Co-Investigator: Medical Research Council ‘Confidence in Global Nutrition and Health Research’ Pump Priming Award (2018-2018). MR/R0196557/1. PI: Prof Paula Griffiths.
- Principal Investigator: Society for Endocrinology Early Career Grant (2018-2019) http://www.endocrinology.org.
- Principal Investigator: British Nutrition Foundation Drummond Pump-Priming Award (2018-2019).
- Sept 2021 – Present Member of the Editorial Board for The Journal of Nutrition
- May 2021 – Present Deputy Theme Lead for The Nutrition Society’s 'Nutrition in the treatment, management and prevention of disease'
- 2020 – Present Early Career UKRI International Development Peer Review College Member
- 2020 – Present University Ambassador for The Nutrition Society
- 2019 – Present Food Standards Agency Register of Specialists Member
- 2018 – Present Endocrine Ambassador for The Society for Endocrinology
- 2017 – Present Grant reviewer: Newton Fund Institutional Links (Biological and Medical Sciences panel)
- 2017 – Present Portfolio Registration Assessor: Association for Nutrition
- 2017 – Present Society for Endocrinology (Endocrine Ambassador 2018- )
- 2017 – Present The Physiological Society
- 2014 – Present NCD Risk Factor Collaboration
- 2014 – Present European Nutrition Leadership Platform Alumni Member
- 2014 – Present American Society for Nutrition
- 2014 – Present Association for Nutrition: Registered Nutritionist (Nutrition Science)
- 2007 – Present The Nutrition Society
Ad hoc Journal Reviewer (selected)
- American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
- British Journal of Nutrition
- Journal of Nutrition
- Nutrition Reviews
- Scientific Reports
- Markey, O, Vasilopoulou, D, Kliem, K, Fagan, C, Grandison, A, Sutton, S, Humphries, D, Todd, S, Jackson, K, Givens, DI, Lovegrove, J (2021) Postprandial fatty acid profile, but not cardiometabolic risk markers, is modulated by dairy fat manipulation in adults with moderate cardiovascular disease risk: the randomized, controlled RESET study, Journal of Nutrition.
- Mutisya, M, Markey, O, Rousham, E, Chintsanya, J, Pradeilles, R, Kimani-Murage, E, Madise, N, Munthali, A, Kalimbira, A, Holdsworth, M, Griffiths, P, Haycraft, E (2020) Improving nutritional status among urban poor children in sub-Saharan Africa: An evidence-informed Delphi-based consultation, Maternal and Child Nutrition, e13099, ISSN: 1740-8695. DOI: 10.1111/mcn.13099.
- Dewhurst-Trigg, R, Wadley, AJ, Woods, R, Sherar, L, Bishop, N, Hulston, C, Markey, O (2020) Short-term high-fat overfeeding does not induce NF-κB inflammatory signaling in subcutaneous white adipose tissue, The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 105(7), pp.2162-2176, ISSN: 0021-972X. DOI: 10.1210/clinem/dgaa158.
- Dewhurst-Trigg, R, Hulston, C, Markey, O (2020) The effect of quantity and quality of dietary fat intake on subcutaneous white adipose tissue inflammatory responses, Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 79(4), pp.542-556, ISSN: 0029-6651. DOI: 10.1017/S0029665120000038.
- Vasilopoulou, D, Markey, O, Kliem, K, Fagan, C, Grandison, A, Humphries, D, Todd, S, Jackson, K, Givens, D, Lovegrove, J (2019) Reformulation initiative for partial replacement of saturated with unsaturated fats in dairy foods attenuates the increase in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and improves flow-mediated dilatation compared with conventional dairy: the randomized, controlled RESET study, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, ISSN: 0002-9165. DOI: 10.1093/ajcn/nqz344.
- Hulston, C, Woods, R, Dewhurst-Trigg, R, Parry, SA, Gagnon, S, Baker, L, James, L, Markey, O, Martin, N, Ferguson, R, van Hall, G (2018) Resistance exercise stimulates mixed muscle protein synthesis in lean and obese young adults, Physiological Reports, 6(14), ISSN: 2051-817X. DOI: 10.14814/phy2.13799.
- Mertens, E, Markey, O, Geleijnse, JM, Lovegrove, JA, Givens, DI (2017) Adherence to a healthy diet in relation to cardiovascular incidence and risk markers: Evidence from the Caerphilly Prospective Study, European Journal of Nutrition, ISSN: 1436-6215. DOI: 10.1007/s00394-017-1408-0.
Markey, O and Kliem, K (2020) Does modifying dairy fat composition by changing the diet of the dairy cow provide health benefits?. In Givens, DI (ed) Milk and Dairy Foods: Their Functionality in Human Health and Disease, Elsevier, pp.51-86.