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Visiting Academic, Aston Medical School, Aston University

Duane Mellor is an award winning registered dietitian and science communicator (BDA Media Spokesperson of the Year 2021), who is a visiting academic for Aston Medical School. Having returned clinical dietetics supporting people living with diabetes he previously worked in medical education at Aston University. He was the Associate Dean for Public Engagement in the College of Health and Life Sciences.

After initially working in the areas of clinical trials, Duane's current research interests focus on improving nutrition and health by working with communities to celebrate their heritage through food and help tackle barriers resulting from societal inequalities. Alongside this Duane has a keen interest in science communication and developing scientifically accurate messages to help individuals make informed decisions about their own food choices and health.

Duane is a regular contributor to the Science Media Centre and is a British Dietetic Association spokesperson having contributed to online, print, radio and television stories about food and nutrition. He is a member of the British Dietetic Association Healthier You magazine editorial board which aims to promote healthy food stories to the public as well as being an Associate Editor of the academic Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. He is a member of a number of scientific committees including British Nutrition Foundation.


  • 2019–present
    Senior lecturer, Aston University
  • 2024–present
    Visiting academic, Aston University
  • 2017–2018
    Senior lecturer, Coventry University
  • 2016–2017
    Associate Professor, University of Canberra
  • 2013–2015
    Assistant Professor in Dietetics, University of Nottingham
  • 2011–2013
    Senior Lecturer, University of Chester


  • 2013 
    University of Hull, PhD

Professional Memberships

  • HCPC Registered Dietitian