Senior Nutritional Biomarker Specialist
Current work and interests
Kerry is a senior researcher in the Nutritional Biomarker Laboratory (NBL). Kerry has experience in the measurement of nutritional biomarkers in metabolic studies and large cohorts both nationally and internationally, including the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey. He has particular interests in vitamin D, thiamine and folate.
Kerry has worked as nutrition expert with the Micronutrient Forum, International Atomic Energy Agency and the World Health Organisation.
Background and experience
Kerry’s early career at the MRC Dunn Nutrition Unit and MRC Human Nutrition Research focused on the use of stable isotopes in nutrition. In particular, he applied novel mass spectrometric and stable isotope techniques to investigate nutrient absorption and metabolism, including vitamins A, K and C. He worked for six years at MRC Unit The Gambia as a scientist in the Calcium, Vitamin D and Bone Health group. Here, he also managed the clinical and research laboratories at the MRC Keneba field station. In 2012, he returned to MRC Elsie Widdowson Laboratory where his research focussed on the development of new techniques to measure vitamin D metabolism and biomarkers in the context of international vitamin D requirements.
The NBL focuses on the application of methods for nutritional biomarker analysis using state-of-the-art analytical technology to develop new methods as well as maintaining gold-standard methods to measure specific nutritional biomarkers. The NBL is responsible for the analytical work of the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey.