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Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing.
Penrhyn Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT1 2EE

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Dr Pedro Barra

School/Department: Life Sciences, Pharmacy & Chemistry
Position: Associate Professor


I graduated in Human Nutrition & Dietetics (5 year degree) from University of Porto, Portugal, in 2000. Subsequently, I came to the UK and graduated in 2001 with an MSc in Clinical Nutrition & Immunology from University of Surrey Roehampton. The MSc not only improved my understanding of the underlying biochemistry and physiology of nutrition and the immunological mechanisms of disease, but also helped me develop the necessary research skills and establish the necessary contacts to pursue the degree of PhD. I concluded my PhD at Roehampton University in July 2007 and graduated from University of Surrey (Title of Thesis: "RNA and protein turnover in premature infants with necrotising enterocolitis"). During my time as an MSc and PhD student, I not only increased my knowledge base but also developed the skills necessary for administration, supervision, technical, research, and teaching.

In November 2007, I took my first full-time lectureship position as a Lecturer in Nutrition at Kingston University. The BSc (Honours) Nutrition (Full Field) on which I teach is accredited by the Nutrition Society (now Association for Nutrition). I lecture to BSc (Honours) Nutrition and BSc (Honours) Exercise, Nutrition, and Health students in several Nutrition modules across years 1, 2, and 3. I have found my teaching role to be a very rewarding experience.

I since completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education at Kingston University to speed up my integration within the Faculty/Lecturer Role. I have also continued to engage in continuous professional development in the subject area of Nutrition. Both are important in order to maximise the potential for Nutritional Sciences within the University and for curriculum development. I have since taken the role of Admissions Tutor for the BSc (Honours) Nutrition and Field Director for Joint combinations with Nutrition. In addition, I am the Erasmus Coordinator for the School of Life Sciences.

Educational and Professional Qualifications

  • 2008 - 2009 Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (Kingston University, UK)
  • 2001 - 2007 PhD (University of Surrey Roehampton, London, UK)
  • 2000 - 2001 MSc Clinical Nutrition & Immunology (University of Surrey Roehampton, London, UK)
  • 1994 - 2000 BSc Human Nutrition and Dietetics (University of Porto, Faculty of Food and Nutrition Sciences, 5 year degree)

Research Interests

Whole-body RNA degradation and whole-body and muscle protein metabolism in critical illness.

Nutrition in developing countries.

e-Learning technologies.

Teaching Area

Teaching to Levels 4, 5, and 6 BSc (Honours) Nutrition and BSc (Honours) Exercise, Nutrition, and Health. On Level 4 (Year 1) I teach on HC1010A (Foundation Studies in Human Nutrition 1) and HC1020B (Foundation Studies in Human Nutrition 2). On Level 5 (Year 2) HC2010A (Nutrition across the Life Span), HC2016B (Nutritional Assessment 1), and HC2250B (Food Science) On Level 6 (Year 3) HC3010B (Nutrition in Developing Countries), HC3017A (Contemporary Issues in Food and Nutrition), HC3018A (Nutritional Assessment 2), and HC3019B (Nutrition in the Aetiology and Management of Impaired Health). I also supervise final year student projects on LS3970A/B (Project/dissertation for BSc Nutrition.

Other Professional Activity

I am a registered Nutritionist with the Association for Nutrition (RN3617 - UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists). I am also a member of the Nutrition Society (UK) and also of the Portuguese Nutritionists Association.


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