Dr Jessica (Yannan) Jin

Job: Senior Lecturer in Nutrition

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Allied Health Sciences

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH, United Kingdom

T: 0116 257 7471

E: jessica.jin@dmu.ac.uk

W: http://dmu.ac.uk


Personal profile

I am a Senior Lecturer in Nutrition and the Deputy Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Nutrition at De Montfort University. Currently, I am also practising as a Registered Nutritionist (with specialism in Nutrition Science) in the UK.

As an active researcher in nutrition, my research expertise has been developed in the area of diet, nutrition, and prevention and management of chronic diseases particularly for cardiovascular diseases and Type-II diabetes. My current research is focused on devising personalised nutrition regimes or dietary advice for different population groups based on their health status (e.g. diabetic), socioeconomic status, ethnicities as well as psychological wellbeing (e.g. neurological and mental health). My further research interests include mechanistic investigations into the functionality and potential clinical applications of natural edible plant foods in cancer prevention and treatment. Overall, my research line straddles across basic scientific discovery in diet, nutrition and disease and public health nutrition exploration and implementation.

My teaching covers the areas of fundamental aspects of nutrition, metabolic nutrition, nutrition and genetics, evidence-based nutrition in disease prevention and management particularly for chronic diseases as well as food science. 

Beyond teaching and research, I am also looking into further building Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects with industries using my expertise in food and nutritional product development and Artificial Intelligence (AI)-featured modelling of nutritional management concepts established from the past work experiences gained in food and AI-centred industries in both the UK and overseas.

Research group affiliations

Institute for Allied Health Sciences Research

Publications and outputs

  • Gordon MH and Jin Y (2017). Chapter 2: Food and Nutrient Structure. In: Geissler C and Powers H (eds) Human Nutrition. 13th ed. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Jin Y and Birchall T (2017). An investigation into gender variations in the risk factors for cardiovascular disease amongst ‘desk-based’ professional workers aged 30-65 years old. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society. 76 (OCE1), E18.
  • Jin Y and Birchall T (2016). Daily snacking frequency is associated with age, working pattern and dietary nutritional profile of professional workers aged between 30 and 65 years old. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society. 75 (OCE3), E149.
  • Jin Y, Gordon MH, Alimbetov D, Chong MF, George TW, Spencer JPE, et al. (2015). OC38: Introduction of plasma vitamin C and Ferric Reducing Antioxidant Power into a combined biomarker with plasma carotenoids increases the association with fruit and vegetable intake. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society (2015), 74 (OCE1), E38.
  • Jin Y, Gordon MH, Alimbetov D, Chong MF, George TW, Spencer JPE, et al. (2014). A Novel Combined Biomarker including Plasma Carotenoids, Vitamin C, and Ferric Reducing Antioxidant Power Is More Strongly Associated with Fruit and Vegetable Intake than the Individual Components. J Nutr. 144:1866-1872.
  • Macready AL, George TW, Chong MF, Alimbetov D, Jin Y, et al. (2014). Flavonoid-rich fruit and vegetables improve microvascular reactivity and inflammatory status in men at risk of cardiovascular diseases—FLAVURS: a randomised controlled trial. Am J Clin Nutr.99: 479-89.
  • Jin Y (2013). Discover the beauty of plant foods for your healthy ageing. Nutrition Society Public Engagement Section – YOURNutrition Online publication. 7th July 2013.
  • Chong MF, George T, Alimbetov D, Jin Y, Weech M, Macready A (2012). Impact of the quantity and flavonoid content of fruits and vegetables on markers of intake in adults with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease: The FLAVURS Trial. Eur J Nutr. 52: 361-378 (DOI: 10.1007/s00394-012-0343-3).
  • Jin Y, Alimbetov D, George T, Gordon MH and Lovegrove JA (2011). A randomised trial to investigate the effects of acute consumption of a blackcurrant juice drink on markers of vascular reactivity and bioavailability of anthocyanins in human subjects. Eur J Clin Nutr online publication, 4 May 2011 (DOI: 10.1038/ejcn.2011.55).
  • D. Alimbetov, Y. Jin, TW, George, M, Chong, JPE Spencer, MH, Gordon and JA, Lovegrove (2011). Biomarkers of fruit and vegetable consumption: findings from the FLAVURS study. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society (2011), 70 (OCE4), E220.
  • Jin Y, George TW, Chong MF, Minihane AM, Gordon MH, Lovegrove JA (2010). Impact of increasing doses of flavonoid-rich and flavonoid-poor fruits and vegetables on antioxidant status in humans – FLAVURS study. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 69 (OCE6), E453.
  • D. Alimbetov, Y. Jin, MH, Gordon, JA, Lovegrove (2010). The effect of acute consumption of a blackcurrant juice drink on markers of endothelial function as a risk factor for CVD. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society (2010), 69 (OCE6), E456.
  • Jin Y, Alimbetov D, Gordon MH, Lovegrove JA (2009). Effects of acute consumption of blackcurrant juice on plasma and urine concentrations of phenolic acids and flavonoids and on antioxidant status in human subjects. Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium for the Human Health Effects of Fruits and Vegetables, P1-27, 177.

Research interests/expertise

  • Diet, nutrition
  • Natural plant-based foods
  • Cardiovascular diseases, Type-II diabetes and cancer
  • Neurological and psychological health

Areas of teaching

  • Clinical nutrition (nutrition and diseases)
  • Nutrition and metabolism
  • Nutritional biochemistry
  • Nutrition and genetics
  • Food science


  • BSc (Hons) Food Science (University of Reading)
  • PhD in Human Nutritional Sciences (University of Reading)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Educations (Liverpool Hope University)

Courses taught

Medical Science (BMedSci); Physician Associate (MSc PA)

Honours and awards

Top prize awarded in the ‘Antioxidants in Food-from Science to Shelf’ poster competition held by the Society of Chemical Industry, November 2009.

Membership of external committees

  • Member of the Executive Committee of Chinese Life Scientist Society, UK

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Registered member of Association for Nutrition (November 2013 – present)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (November 2016 – present)
  • Member with the Nutrition Society in the UK (2008 – 2017)

Professional licences and certificates

Registered Nutritionist certified by the Association for Nutrition (code: 7189)


Personalised nutrition for T2DM

Current research students

  • Hana Hussain, PhD student, Second supervisor
  • Stephen Ologe, PhD student, Second supervisor
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