Meet The Team

Professor John Nolan

Professor John Nolan is the Founder and Principal Investigator of the Nutrition Research Centre Ireland (NRCI). His research group studies the role of nutrition for vision and the prevention of blindness and, more recently, the role of nutrition in brain health and cognitive function..

Dr Alfonso Prado Cabrero

Dr Alfonso Prado Cabrero is a Senior Scientist with over 17 years of experience in research on Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, where 12 years dedicated to the field of carotenoids.  Alfonso received his BSc Degree in Biochemistry from University of Navarra (Spain) in 1999...

Dr Emmanuel Ankamah

Dr. Emmanuel Ankamah is a postgraduate research student with the Nutrition Research Centre Ireland, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland. He is currently working on the Floater Intervention Study (FLIES), a randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial....


Laura Corcoran

Laura is currently employed at the Nutrition Research Centre Ireland as a Research Assistant. Laura was first employed on the ERC funded CREST project in 2014, and has since secured a new contract as Research Assistant on the Enterprise Ireland funded LEAF project...

Rebecca Power

Rebecca is a 4th year PhD candidate at the Nutrition Research Centre Ireland in Waterford Institute of Technology. Rebecca has a keen interest in the role of nutrition for optimising health and wellbeing, with a specific interest in the potential role of nutrition..

Marina Green

Marina Green is an Internal Medicine consultant from Mexico. She is a postgraduate researcher in the Nutrition Research Centre Ireland, in Waterford Institute of Technology. She received her medical degree from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) Medical School, Mexico in 2011.

Dr Rachel Moran

Dr Rachel Moran, an American/Irish scientist, is a Howard Postdoctoral Researcher at the NRCI. Prior to this current position, she completed her PhD, entitled "Non-dietary determinants and correlates of plasma concentrations of lutein and zeaxanthin in an Irish population" within the NRCI and under the supervision of Professor John Nolan and Professor Stephen Beatty.

Stephanie Byrne

Stephanie Byrne is a Registered General Nurse who completed a BSc (Hons) in General Nursing in Waterford Institute of Technology, graduating with First Class Honours (1:1). After her graduation from WIT, she had the opportunity to gain a diverse range of nursing skills at University Hospital Waterford, working in both the Oncology/Haematology....

Tommy Power

Tommy Power is an analytical scientist working at NRCI. 

Warren Roche

Warren Roche is the lead Statistician with the Nutrition Research Centre Ireland. Warren graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2012 with a BSc in Mathematics and Physics, and completed his MSc in Mathematical Science at University College Dublin. After graduation, Warren lectured at both second and third level in both Mathematics and Statistics. 

Professor John Wells

Professor John Wells was educated at Henry Thornton School, London and holds degrees from King's College London (PhD in Nursing); London Guildhall University/London Metropolitan University (MSc in Care Policy and Management); Manchester University (BA Hons in History) and Southbank University (Post Graduate Diploma in Education). 

Professor Stephen Beatty

Professor Stephen Beatty is the Director of the Macular Pigment Research Group. He graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1990, and trained as an ophthalmic surgeon in Dublin, Manchester, Birmingham, London and Geneva. He has been a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon with a special interest in retinal disease since 2001. 

Dr Suzanne Denieffe

Dr Suzanne Denieffe is Head of School of Humanities since April 2018. Prior to that, she was the Head of Department of Nursing and Health Care since 2014. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Nursing and an MSc in Nursing (Education and Research) from University College Dublin and a PhD from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. 

Professor Riona Mulcahy

Professor Riona Mulcahy was appointed Consultant Physician in General and Geriatric Medicine at University Hospital Waterford in 2000 and Undergraduate Dean, royal College of Surgeons, Ireland in 2011. Her areas of specialist interest include Dementia, Stroke, Parkinson's disease and Poly pharmacy in the Elderly.

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