Duane Mellor

Favourite Thing: Working out what is in food and how that can effect the health of our bodies. Mostly this involves talking about food, making food and then clinical trials



Hastings High School, John Cleveland College, University of Surrey, University of Lincoln, Bishop Grosseteste College, University of Hull


BSc (Hons) PGCE, PGDip, PhD Registered Dietitian (RD)

Work History:

Dietitian in South London, Lincolnshire and Hull, Researcher in Hull, Senior Lecturer at University of Chester

Current Job:

Assistant Professor in Dietetics


University of Nottingham

Me and my work

Food and health, mainly trying to work out if chocolate can be good for people with diabetes

I am an assistant professor in dietetics at the University of Nottingham. This job involves teaching student dietitians how to help people to manage their illness using food and nutrition. Some of my work involves visiting hospitals to see students who are working with dietitians and placements other parts are linked to understanding how food can be best used to maintain health and reduce risk of diseases like diabetes and heart disease.

My research has tried to look at how chocolate may effect people with diabetes, this work used specially formulated dark chocolate to reduce the risk of heart disease in patients. More recently I have worked in weight loss studies, trying to see if providing people with food helped them to lose weight more than telling them what to do.

Outside of work I cook alot, especially bread along with many experimental recipes. Together with my wife and two children, we enjoy judo, although we never fight each other.

My Typical Day

Talking about health and food, in a variety of places, including teaching rooms, a food lab or occasionally the media and once in an Italian palace!

No two days are the same, mostly attempting to find out how food and nutrition can be used to improve the health of people.

Often this is linked to teaching and discussing ideas of nutrition with students at university and trying to piece the various bits of science together to build meal plans for people with a variety of health conditions and diseases.

Some of my research is based on reviewing other peoples reports of experiments and studies, in the past I have worked on clinical trials some which used drugs but mostly ones involving foods.

What I'd do with the money

I plan to donate it to help science and outreach work between secondary and primary schools in my local town

I will donate it to a primary school in the town where I grew up in Leicestershire to help with teaching science

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Food Fun Family

Who is your favourite singer or band?


What's your favourite food?


What is the most fun thing you've done?

Travelled to New Zealand

What did you want to be after you left school?

Forensic scientist

Were you ever in trouble at school?

I was never caught

What was your favourite subject at school?


What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Spoken at a conference dedicated to chocolate – which also involved eating chocolate

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

My chemistry teachers

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

A baker or piemaker

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

Happiness, Poverty to end, Enough money to be comfortable, but not too much that I am greedy

Tell us a joke.

Why did the tofu cross the road? To prove he was not chicken

Other stuff

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