School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences


Dr Oonagh Markey BSc (Hons), PhD, FHEA, RNutr

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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)
  • Principal Investigator: British Nutrition Foundation Drummond Pump-Priming Award (2018-2019).

Professional Activities

  • 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

Professional Memberships

  • 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

Journal articles

Book chapter

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.