I qualified with a BSc in Sport and Exercise Sciences from the University of Limerick and followed this with a PhD from the same institution on appetite responses to high fat diets funded by an Embark Initiative Scholarship. I was awarded the American College of Sports Medicine International Student Award and Nutrition Society Postgraduate Symposium presenter for my PhD work. My main areas of interest are in appetite, food intake and energy expenditure and the regulation of these. My current research focuses on mechanisms that can increase appetite in older adults. I also have a strong interest in high fat diets and foods, and their effects on gastric emptying, appetite and food intake. The main methodologies that I utilise are food intake measurements, questionnaires and scales, indirect calorimetry for energy expenditure and substrate utilisation, measurement of appetite hormones and gastric emptying utilising stable isotopes.