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Professor Dolores O'Riordan


Dolores O'Riordan

Director, Ucd Institute Of Food & Health, Vice-President For Global Engagement
School of Agriculture and Food Science
01 716 2847
University College Dublin, School of Agriculture and Food Science, Science Centre - South Belfield Dublin 4


Dolores O'Riordan completed a PhD in Protein Chemistry and following some time as a research fellow at UCC and Cornell University, Ithaca, New York she moved to research in the industrial food sector. She had 6 years international industrial research and development experience in the area of food ingredients, as an employee of Kerry Ingredients, Plc. She developed and promoted the sale of innovative milk ingredients for the Irish, UK, mainland Europe, North and South American markets.She joined the Food Science team at UCD in 1995. Since then she has secured substantial funding from competitively won grants to conduct research in the area of food ingredients/health inducing food ingredients. There was an industrial contribution to the majority of the research grants reflecting the value of research to the food industry and the commercial potential of the output. She established a critical mass and an internationally recognised research team in the area of health inducing foods as evidenced by: invitations to chair and give presentations at international conferences; external evaluator of grant proposals; membership of Advisory Bodies and the development of international collaborations with leading institutes in the discipline of Food Science. Her research has led to a number of collaborations with Irish, North American and European Universities. A very important aspect of her work is collaboration with the food Industry. Her expertise in the areas of physical and chemical analysis of foods and food formulation technology under pins her research. Her current research focuses on enhancing the functionality and health benefits of food ingredients.She is the Director of UCD's Institute of Food and Health. She is also UCD's Vice-President for Global Engagement.


  • Associate Professor
    University College Dublin1 Oct 2003 - 30 Dec 1999
  • Visiting Research Fellow
    Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA1 Oct 1986 - 1 Sep 1987
  • Full Professor - Director of UCD's Institute for Food and Health
    University College Dublin30 Dec 1999
  • UCD's Vice President of Global Engagement
    University College Dublin30 Dec 1999


  • Research and Development Manager
    Kerry Ingredients Plc1 Apr 1989 - 31 Dec 1994


  • BSc
    University College Cork
  • PhD
    University College Cork