Dr Sohail Mushtaq

Senior Lecturer in Nutritional Biochemistry, Programme Leader - MSc Human Nutrition, RNutr, FHEA

Sohail is the programme leader for MSc Human Nutrition and leads several postgraduate and undergraduate modules and is also Academic Director of Laboratories for the Department.

Sohail leads the Micronutrient Metabolism Research Group which is part of the Cardiometabolic Health Research theme and his research interests include:

  • The role of vitamin D in cardiovascular disease
  • The biochemical and physiological role of micronutrients in health
  • The role of fatty acids in lipid metabolism/cardiovascular disease


  • PhD Nutritional Biochemistry - Nottingham Trent University
  • MSc Immunology - University of Essex
  • BSc (hons) Biochemistry - University of Essex
  • Pg Cert Teaching and Learning in HE - University of Chester


In addition to his role as Programme Leader for MSc Human Nutrition, Sohail leads or contributes to the following undergraduate and postgraduate modules:

  • Human Metabolism (PG and UG, module leader)
  • Principles of Nutrition (PG)
  • Human Nutrition (UG)
  • Nutritional Sciences (PG)
  • Clinical Medicine and Immunology (UG)
  • Nutrition in Health and Disease (PG, former module leader)
  • Diabetes Science (PG, former module leader)
  • Sports and Exercise Nutrition (UG, former module leader)


Sohail embarked on his professional research career at the University of Reading working as a research assistant in a cardiovascular laboratory investigating the role of LDL oxidation in atherosclerosis.

Following this, Sohail read for PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry at Nottingham Trent University which  involved investigating the effects of dietary supplementation of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) on body composition and lipid metabolism in humans, as well as evaluating CLA intake in the UK.

After gaining his PhD, Sohail joined the Human Nutrition Unit at the University of Sheffield as a Postdoctoral Research Associate, working on a Food Standards Agency (FSA) funded intervention study to determine the functional significance of marginal riboflavin status, with particular respect to iron absorption, in young women. In addition, Sohail also worked on a BBSRC funded project investigating role of riboflavin on the cell cycle, and mapping it’s precise cellular effects in terms of alterations at molecular and proteomic level.

At the University of Chester, Sohail leads the Micronutrient Metabolism Research Group which consists of several academics and PhD/MRes students carrying out clinical studies in relation to diet and health. 

Research Students Supervised

Tarimoboere Agbalalah (PhD) - The role of vitamin D in cardiovascular disease

Salma Ahmed (PhD) - Iron absorption and bioavailability in anaemia

Ellen Freeborn (PhD) – Vitamin D and health

Alison Moyes (PhD) – The role of inflammation in the development of post-operative complications in patients undergoing renal surgery

Jennifer Saxon (MRes) - The effect of a low carbohydrate/high protein diet on cardiometabolic risk factors in obese patients with type 2 diabetes

Published work

Agbalalah, T., Hughes, S.F., Freeborn, E.J. & Mushtaq, S. (2017). Impact of vitamin D supplementation on endothelial and inflammatory markers in adults: A systematic review. Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. pii: S0960-0760(17)30015-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jsbmb.2017.01.015.

Hughes, S.F., Thomas-Wright, S.J., Banwell, J., Williams, R., Moyes, A.J., Mushtaq, S., Abdulmajed, M. & Shergill, I. (2015). A Pilot Study to Evaluate Haemostatic Function, following Shock Wave Lithotripsy (SWL) for the Treatment of Solitary Kidney. PLoS ONE 10, (5): e0125840. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0125840

Powers, H. J., Hill, M. H., Mushtaq, S., Dainty, J. R., Majsak-Newman, G. & Williams, E. A. (2011). Correcting a marginal riboflavin deficiency improves hematologic status in young women in the United Kingdom (RIBOFEM). Am J Clin Nutr, 93, 1274-84. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.110.008409.

Nakano, E., Mushtaq, S., Heath, P. R., Lee, E. S., Bury, J. P., Riley, S. A., Powers, H. J. & Corfe, B. M. (2011). Riboflavin depletion impairs cell proliferation in adult human duodenum: identification of potential effectors. Dig Dis Sci, 56, 1007-19. doi: 10.1007/s10620-010-1374-3.

Mushtaq, S., Heather Mangiapane, E. & Hunter, K. A. (2010). Estimation of cis-9, trans-11 conjugated linoleic acid content in UK foods and assessment of dietary intake in a cohort of healthy adults. Br J Nutr, 103, 1366-74. doi: 10.1017/S000711450999328X.

Mushtaq, S., Su, H., Hill, M. H. & Powers, H. J. (2009). Erythrocyte pyridoxamine phosphate oxidase activity: a potential biomarker of riboflavin status? Am J Clin Nutr, 90, 1151-9. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.2009.28338.

Hill, M. H., Bradley, A., Mushtaq, S., Williams, E. A. & Powers, H. J. (2009). Effects of methodological variation on assessment of riboflavin status using the erythrocyte glutathione reductase activation coefficient assay. Br J Nutr, 102, 273-8. doi: 10.1017/S0007114508162997.

Hill, M. H., Mushtaq, S., Williams, E. A., Dainty, J. R. & Powers, H. J. (2009). Study Protocol: randomised controlled trial to investigate the functional significance of marginal riboflavin status in young women in the UK (RIBOFEM). BMC Public Health, 9, 90. 1-8. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-9-90.

Harris, L. K., Mann, G. E., Ruiz, E., Mushtaq, S. & Leake, D. S. (2006). Ascorbate does not protect macrophages against apoptosis induced by oxidised low density lipoprotein. Arch Biochem Biophys, 455, 68-76.


Harris, K., Mushtaq. S. & Butler T. (2017). A double-blind randomised study investigating the effect of 4 weeks of cheese intake on blood lipids. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. doi: 10.1111/jhn.12462

Ahmad Fuzi, S.F. & Mushtaq, S. (2016). Investigation into the inhibitory effects of tea consumption on iron bioavailability in a cohort of healthy UK women, using a stable iron isotope (57Fe). International Conference on Advances in Human Nutrition, Food Science & Technology, Toronto, USA. doi: 978-0-9951985-1-7.

Amirabdollahian, F., Buczkowski, B., Mushtaq, S. & Davies, I.G. (2016). Estimates of fibre intake and percentage of the population with intake below the dietary reference values (DRVs) in England (1991-2015). Proceedings of the Nutrition Society 75 (OCE3). Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/S0029665116001506.

Benson, L. & Mushtaq, S. (2015) Dietary supplementation with n-3 fatty acids (n-3 FA) for 4 weeks reduces post-exercise fatigue and delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) in trained male athletes. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society 75(OCE5), E280. Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/S0029665115003274

Turner, E. & Mushtaq, S. (2015) Acute and chronic effects of beetroot supplementation on blood pressure and arterial stiffness in humans. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society 74 (OCE1), E112. Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/S0029665115001275

Aitken, A. & Mushtaq, S. (2015). Dietary vitamin D consumption, sunlight exposure, sunscreen use and parental knowledge of vitamin D sources in a cohort of children aged 1-6 years in North West England. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society 74 (OCE1), E19. Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/S0029665115000348

Moyes A,J., Shergill I., Thomas-Wright S,J., Banwell, J., Williams, E., Mushtaq, S., Abdulmajed M,I. & Hughes SF. (2015). The role of phagocytic leucocytes and inflammatory biomarkers following SWL for unilateral kidney stones. Annual North West Urology Congress, Warrington, UK. doi: 10.13140/RG.2.2.21234.09924.

Hughes, S.F., Thomas-Wright, S.J., Banwell, J., Williams, R., Moyes, A.J., Mushtaq, S. & Shergill, I. (2015). A pilot study to evaluate haemostatic function following ESWL for unilateral kidney stones. Norman Gibbon Urology Meeting, Liverpool Medical Institute, UK. doi: 10.13140/RG.2.2.31300.42887.

Thomas, P. & Mushtaq, S. Saturated Fatty Acid Intake as a Risk Factor for Cardiovascular Disease in Healthy Caucasian Adults from Western Populations. (2014). European Journal of Nutrition & Food Safety. 4(3): 250-251.

Mushtaq, S., Morris, M. & Benn, J. (2014). Conjugated linoleic acid as an ergogenic aid in endurance performance in trained cyclists/triathletes. 19th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science: Amsterdam. European Database of Sport Science.

Hughes, S.F., Thomas-Wright, S.J., Banwell, J., Mushtaq, S., Williams, R., Abdulmajed, M., & Shergill, I. (2014). Are urological patients at increased risks of developing haemostatic complications following shock wave lithotripsy (SWL) for solitary unilateral kidney stones? Eur Urol Suppl, 13, E816

Thomas, P. & Mushtaq, S. (2013). Saturated fatty acid intake as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease in affluent, healthy Caucasian adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society 72 (OCE4), E238. Cambridge University Press.

Moss, J. & Mushtaq, S. (2013). Estimation of fruit and vegetable consumption in a cohort of Ghanaian women and evaluation of knowledge, attitudes and practice. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society 72 (OCE4), E304. Cambridge University Press.

Lewis, D. & Mushtaq, S. (2013). Vitamin D intake and adequacy in an adolescent population in rural North Wales, UK. DIETS ejournal. Volume 1, Issue 1, June 2013

Drake, L. & Mushtaq, S. (2013). An evaluation of the intake and knowledge of folic acid amongst pregnant women in the UK. DIETS ejournal. Volume 1, Issue 1, June 2013.

Mushtaq S. (2011). Psychological Wellbeing, Physical Activity and Nutrition - Wellness in staff in Higher Education (WISHE) Intervention. http://www.ucea.ac.uk/download.cfm/docid/747A30FC-17D7-4454-9908004DA71268BA.

Majsak-Newman, G., Dainty, J.R., Hill, M.H.E., Mushtaq, S., Williams, E.A. & Powers, H.J. (2009). Effect of Riboflavin status on the bioavailability of non-heam iron. International Iupac Symposium on trace elements in food.

Mushtaq, S., Hunter, K.A. & Mangiapane, H.E. (2004). Estimation of the Daily Intake of the cis-9, trans-11 and trans-10, cis-12 Isomers of Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) of a Cohort of Healthy Adult UK Volunteers. Proceedings of the 6th Congress of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL). Lipids. 2004 39(11):1043-146