Dr Zheng Ma

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About me

My research interests are in the areas of public health (e.g., iodine deficiency) and wellbeing. My work contributes particularly towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) no. 1 (No Poverty), 2 (Zero Hunger), and 3 (Good Health and Well-Being). In addition, my varied background with experience in public health and medical science allows me to tackle research problems with a multi-disciplined approach.

Born and raised in Malaysia, I gained my BSc in Food Science and Nutrition (Hons) from Universiti Malaysia Sabah, MSc (MedSci) in Public Health Nutrition from the University of Glasgow and PhD in Human Nutrition (Public Health) from the University of Otago. I completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Medical Science (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) at Universiti Sains Malaysia. I also obtained a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education (with Merit) from the University of Liverpool. I am a member of the British Educational Research Association (BERA), a Senior Fellow of HEA and a Registered Associated Nutritionist (ANutr). I have also named on the World's Top 2% Scientists List each year during 2021-2022 by the Stanford University.

I began my academic career at the University of Otago in New Zealand and went on to positions at Universiti Sains Malaysia in Malaysia and Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in China, before taking up my current position at the University of the West of England, Bristol. I currently teach on Advanced Evidence-based Population Health and Epidemiology of Non-communicable Diseases modules. I supervise MSc dissertation students studying MSc Public Health.

Area of expertise

As a nutritionist by training, I have led the design, implementation, analysis, interpretation of nutritional epidemiological studies throughout my career. I have developed a programme of research focused on developing and using epidemiological methods to enhance understanding of public issues (e.g., iodine deficiency, obesity, hypertension, hyperuricemia and wellbeing).


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