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Dr Elizabeth Opara

Head of the Department of Applied and Human Sciences

About

My interest in food and nutrition developed during my time as a postgraduate student at Oxford where my research was focussed on amino acid metabolism and its role in clinical nutrition. My research in the area of clinical nutrition continued during my time as a post doc in the States. However, mainly as a consequence of my work at the Food Science Laboratory in Norwich and at Kingston University, my research is now focussed on the biological activity of natural products including the anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties of culinary herbs and spices. I am currently a theme leader for the Sport, Exercise, Nutrition and Public Health Research Group (http://sec.kingston.ac.uk/research/research-groups/senphrg/), and a core member of the Cancer Research Group (http://sec.kingston.ac.uk/research/research-groups/crg/); both form part of the Interdisciplinary Hub for the Study of Health and Age related Conditions. I have worked as an academic at Kingston University since 1998 and, in addition to pursuing my research interests, I am Head of Department for Applied and Human Sciences. With the pressures of teaching, administration, course development and staff and student management, running the department is challenging however my role provides me with opportunities to engage with numerous activities and initiatives at all levels. I was an external examiner at St Mary's University College (until 2013) and  at Worcester University (until 2014). I also contribute to the work of the Association for Nutrition (AfN) as an Assessor for the UK Voluntary Register for Nutritionists and as a countinuing professional development (CPD) assessor. I am also a member of the AfN's CPD working group and was a member of its Nutrition Science working group for the purposes of revising and updating the AfN's competencies for nutritional scientists. 

Areas of specialism

  • Bioactive properties of plant derived foods and medicinal plants

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons)
  • DPhil (Oxon)
  • RNutr
  • FHEA

Professional membership

Member of Nutrition Society (since 1991)

Assessor for the UK Voluntary Register for Nutritionists (Since 2008)

External Examiner for Nutrition at St Mary's University College (2009/10 - 2012/13)

External Examiner for Nutrition at the University of Worcester (2010/11 - 2013/14)

Member of AfN Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Working Group and AfN CPD Assessor (since 2011/12)

Member of AfN Nutrition Science Working Group (2011)

Research

My research expertise has lead to the successful supervision the following research projects:

MScs by Research:

Immunology of Human Breast Milk  K. Paramasivam (2006)

Bioavailability of Chinese Herbal Remedies  E. Panagiotou (2007)

Inhibition of COX-2 expression and β-catenin activation in colorectal cancer cells in vitro: an investigation of the chemo-preventive action of common culinary spices I. Baker (2013) 

Inhibition of COX-2 expression and β-catenin activation in colorectal cancer cells in vitro: an investigation of the chemo-preventive action of common culinary herbs A. Jaksevicius (2013)

PhDs:Impact of Chinese Herbal Remedies on Tumour Biology S. Willimot (2007)The impact of digestion and gut bioavailability, in vitro, on the polyphenolic associated activity of cooked culinary herbs M Chohan (2011)Current PhD research projects:Elucidation of mechanisms by which culinary herbs and spices exert the inhibitory action of the growth of colorectal cancer cells in vitro Investigation of marine flora secondary metabolites for anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory activities 

Research student supervision

Publications

Number of items: 29.

Article

Jaksevicius, Andrius, Carew, Mark, Mistry, Calli, Modjtahedi, Helmout and Opara, Elizabeth I (2017) Culinary herbs and spices : an investigation of their effect on the growth of, and COX-2 expression in, HCA-7 colorectal cancer cells. Nutrients, 9(10), ISSN (online) 2072-6643

Schwikkard, Sianne, Alqahtani, Alaa, Knirsch, Walter, Wetschnig, Wolfgang, Jaksevicius, Andrius, Opara, Elizabeth, Langat, Moses, Andriantiana, Jackie and Mulholland, Dulcie (2017) Phytochemical investigations of three Rhodocodon (Hyacinthaceae Sensu APG II) species. Journal of Natural Products, 80(1), pp. 30-37. ISSN (print) 0163-3864

Opara, Elizabeth I. and Chohan, Magali (2014) Culinary herbs and spices: their bioactive properties, the contribution of polyphenols and the challenges in deducing their true health benefits. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 15(10), pp. 19183-19202. ISSN (print) 1422-0067

Chohan, Magali, Naughton, Declan P. and Opara, Elizabeth I. (2014) Determination of superoxide dismutase mimetic activity in common culinary herbs. SpringerPlus, 3(578), ISSN (print) 2193-1801

Baker, Iona, Chohan, Magali and Opara, Elizabeth I (2013) Impact of cooking and digestion, in vitro, on the antioxidant capacity and anti-inflammatory activity of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Plant Foods for Human Nutrition, 68(4), pp. 364-369. ISSN (print) 0921-9668

Chohan, Magali, Naughton, Declan, Jones, Lucy and Opara, Elizabeth (2012) An investigation of the relationship between the anti-inflammatory activity, polyphenolic content and antioxidant activities of cooked and in vitro digested culinary herbs. Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, 2012, ISSN (print) 1942-0900

Willimott, Shaun, Barker, James, Jones, Lucy A and Opara, Elizabeth I (2009) An in vitro based investigation of the cytotoxic effect of water extracts of the Chinese herbal remedy LD on cancer cells. Chemistry Central Journal, 3(12), ISSN (online) 1752-153X

Chohan, Magali, Forster-Wilkins, Gary and Opara, Elizabeth I (2008) Determination of the antioxidant capacity of culinary herbs subjected to various cooking and storage processes using the ABTS[sup]*+ radical cation assay. Plant Foods for Human Nutrition, 63(2), pp. 47-52. ISSN (print) 0921-9668

Willimott, Shaun, Barker, James, Jones, Lucy A. and Opara, Elizabeth I. (2007) Apoptotic effect of Oldenlandia diffusa on the leukaemic cell line HL60 and human lymphocytes. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 114(3), pp. 290-299. ISSN (print) 0378-8741

Paramasivam, K, Michie, C, Opara, E and Jewell, AP (2006) Human breast milk immunology: a review. International Journal of Fertility and Women's Medicine, 51(5), pp. 208-217. ISSN (print) 1534-892X

Opara, Elizabeth I. (2004) The efficacy and safety of Chinese herbal medicines. British Journal of Nutrition, 91(2), pp. 171-173. ISSN (print) 0007-1145

Hanley, A.B., McBride, J., Oehlschlager, S. and Opara, E. (1999) Use of a flow cell bioreactor as a chronic toxicity model system. Toxicology in Vitro, 13(4-5), pp. 847-851. ISSN (print) 0887-2333

Opara, E.I., Oehlschlager, S.L., Day, L., Ridley, S.A., Vaughan, R. and Hanley, A.B. (1999) An in vitro cell based model for assessing the potential of allergens to release mediators through the cross-linking of IgE. Toxicology in Vitro, 13(4-5), pp. 811-815. ISSN (print) 0887-2333

Veerabagu, Manjakkollai P., Opara, Elizabeth I., Meguid, Michael M., Nandi, Jyortimoy, Oler, Albert, Holtzapple, Philip G. and Levine, Robert A. (1996) Mode of food intake reduction in Lewis rats with indomethacin-induced ulcerative ileitis. Physiology & Behavior, 60(2), pp. 381-387. ISSN (print) 0031-9384

Opara, Elizabeth I., Meguid, Michael M., Yang, Zhong-Jin and Hammond, William G. (1996) Studies on the regulation of food intake using rat total parenteral nutrition as a model. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 20(3), pp. 413-443. ISSN (print) 0149-7634

Opara, Elizabeth, Laviano, Alessandro, Meguid, Michael M. and Yang, Zhong-Jin (1995) Correlation between food intake and CSF IL-1 alpha in anorectic tumor bearing rats. NeuroReport, 6(5), ISSN (print) 0959-4965

Opara, Elizabeth, Meguid, Michael M., Yang, Zhong-Jin, Chai, Jia-Ke and Veerabagu, Manj (1995) Tumor necrosis factor-alpha and total parenteral nutrition-induced anorexia. Surgery, 118(4), pp. 756-762. ISSN (print) 0039-6060

Parry-Billings, M., Bevan, S. J., Opara, Elizabeth, Liu, C.-T., Dunger, D. B. and Newsholme, E. A. (1993) The effects of growth hormone and insulin-like growth factors I and II on glutamine metabolism by skeletal muscle of the rat in vitro. Hormone and metabolic research, 25(5), pp. 243-245. ISSN (print) 0018-5043

Parry-Billings, Mark, Preedy, Victor, Opara, Elizabeth, Liu, Cheng-Tzu and Newsholme, Eric A. (1992) Acute ethanol administration and the metabolism of glutamine by skeletal muscle of the rat: implications for ethanol-induced reductions in protein synthesis. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 27(6), pp. 613-618. ISSN (print) 0735-0414

Bevan, S. J., Parry-Billings, M, Opara, Elizabeth, Liu, C. T., Dunger, D. B. and Newsholme, E. A. (1992) The effect of insulin-like growth factor II on glucose uptake and metabolism in rat skeletal muscle in vitro. Biochemical Journal, 286(2), pp. 561-565. ISSN (print) 0264-6021

Parry-Billings, M, Bevan, S. J., Opara, Elizabeth and Newsholme, E. A. (1991) Effects of changes in cell volume on the rates of glutamine and alanine release from rat skeletal muscle in vitro. Biochemical Journal, 276(2), pp. 559-561. ISSN (print) 0264-6021

Bevan, S. J, Parry-Billings, M., Opara, Elizabeth and Newsholme, E. A. (1991) The effect of cell volume on the rate of lactate release from rat skeletal muscle. Biochemical Society Transactions, 19(2), ISSN (print) 0300-5127

Parry-Billings, M., Dimitriadis, G. D., Leighton, B., Bond, J., Bevan, S. J., Opara, Elizabeth and Newsholme, E. A. (1990) Effects of hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism on glutamine metabolism by skeletal muscle of the rat. Biochemical Journal, 272(2), pp. 319-322. ISSN (print) 0264-6021

Conference or Workshop Item

Schwikkard, S., James, E. E., Mulholland, D. A., Knirsch, W., Corson, T., Opara, E. and Jaksevicius, A. (2015) Novel, bioactive homoisoflavonoids from a Madagascan Rhodocodon species (Hyacinthaceae, sensu APG II). In: 63rd International Congress and Annual Meeting of the Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research (GA2015); 23 - 27 Aug 2015, Szeged, Hungary. (Unpublished)

Baker, I., Chohan, M. and Opara, E.I. (2011) The impact of cooking and digestion on the antioxidant capacity and polyphenol content of common culinary spices. In: From plough through practice to policy; 04 - 06 Jul 2011, Reading, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Chohan, Magali B.N., Naughton, Declan P, Jones, Lucy A and Opara, Elizabeth I (2010) An investigation of the relationship between the anti-inflammatory properties and the polyphenolic antioxidant activities of culinary herbs. In: XXVth International Conference on Polyphenols; 24 - 27 Aug 2010, Montpellier, France.

Chohan, Magali, Naughton, Declan, Jones, Lucy and Opara, Elizabeth I (2008) The impact of digestion and absorption on the antioxidant capacities and total phenolic contents of a selection of cooked culinary herbs. In: XXIVth International Conference on Polyphenols; 08 - 11 Jul 2008, Salamanca, Spain.

Panagiotou, E., Jones, L.A. and Opara, E.I. (2006) An assessment of the use of an in vitro cell based model of the intestinal tract to investigate the bioavailability of the Chinese herbal remedy 'Oldenlandia diffusa'. In: 54th Annual Congress on Medicinal Plant Research; 29 Aug - 02 Sep 2006, Helsinki, Finland.

Opara, EI, Oehlschlager, SL, Day, L, Ridley, SA, Vaughan, R and Hanley, AB (1999) An in vitro cell based model for assessing the potential of allergens to release mediators through the cross-linking of IgE. In: 10th International Workshop on In Vitro Toxicology (INVITOX 98); 14/09/1998-14/09/1998, SPARSHOLT, ENGLAND.

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