Dr. Moonisah Usman
Moonisah Usman was awarded a BSc in Biomedical Sciences (First Class Honours) in 2014 from the University of Westminster (UoW), London. Her final year project evaluated the response of biomarkers of inflammation in saliva to moderate exercise in men. Later in 2014, she commenced a PhD project to investigate the link between childhood obesity and increased risk of morbidity in adulthood. Primarily, she has been developing a laboratory tool-kit to assess inflammation and DNA damage in children via non-invasive sampling. She has also been developing a nutrition-sensitive intervention programme that would aid weight-loss and improve quality of life in severe adolescent obesity. In 2016, she was awarded a scholarship from the UoW to extend her work in this field. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and holds teaching responsibilities at UoW. She also serves on the Faculty of Science and Technology Research Ethics Committee and is a member of the Genetics Society.