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J. Bernadette Moore

Associate Professor of Obesity
Research section: Nutrition and Public Health

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Room: P2.21b
Tel: +44 (0)113 3439900


Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
Hepatic nutrient metabolism
Molecular nutrition
Dietary sugars (glucose and fructose)
Multi-scale modelling
Systems biology

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Research interests

Bernadette Moore joined the School of Food Science and Nutrition as Associate Professor of Obesity in January 2016. Prior to her appointment at the University of Leeds, Dr. Moore was previously Senior Lecturer in Molecular Nutrition at the University of Surrey, where she led her own laboratory for eight years.

The research in her group is focused on the role of hepatic nutrient metabolism in healthy ageing and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). NAFLD is now the most common cause of liver disease affecting an estimated 30% of adults and 10% of children worldwide. There are currently no effective pharmaceutical therapies for NAFLD but nutrition is a key modifiable risk factor.

Applying a variety of genomic, proteomic, and systems biology tools alongside nutritional intervention studies, Dr. Moore's long-term vision is clinical and public health translation; ultimately addressing unmet needs for the discovery of diagnostic/prognostic biomarkers and the development of novel therapeutics. Specifically, current approaches include: (i) utilizing quantitative proteomics to dissect the molecular etiology and pathogenesis of NAFLD and (ii) developing multi-scale mathematical models capable of predicting hepatic nutrient metabolism in silico.


Maldonado EM, Leoncikas V, Fisher CP, Moore JB, Plant NJ, Kierzek AM Integration of Genome Scale Metabolic Networks and Gene Regulation of Metabolic Enzymes With Physiologically Based Pharmacokinetics. CPT Pharmacometrics Syst Pharmacol -, 2017
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Gibson PS, Lang S, Dhawan A, Fitzpatrick E, Blumfield ML, Truby H, Hart KH, Moore JB Systematic Review: Nutrition and Physical Activity in the Management of Paediatric Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition 65 141-149, 2017
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Kenneally S, Sier JH, Moore JB Efficacy of dietary and physical activity intervention in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: a systematic review BMJ OPEN GASTROENTEROLOGY 4 -, 2017

Moore JB, Fielding BA Sugar and metabolic health: Is there still a debate? Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care 19 303-309, 2016
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Maldonado EM, Tindall MJ, Plant NJ, Kierzek AM, Moore JB Development of a dynamic multi-scale, computational model of human hepatic glucose and fructose metabolism PROCEEDINGS OF THE NUTRITION SOCIETY 75 , 2016

Gibson PS, Hart K, Fitzpatrick E, Dhawan A, Lanham-New SA, Moore JB Vitamin D reduces hepatic stellate cell proliferation in vitro PROCEEDINGS OF THE NUTRITION SOCIETY 75 , 2016

Spanos C, Moore JB Sample preparation approaches for iTRAQ labeling and quantitative proteomic analyses in systems biology In Methods in Molecular Biology , 2016
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Gibson PS, Lang S, Gilbert M, Kamat D, Bansal S, Ford-Adams ME, Desai AP, Dhawan A, Fitzpatrick E, Moore JB, Hart KH Assessment of diet and physical activity in paediatric non-alcoholic fatty liver disease patients: A United Kingdom case control study Nutrients 7 9721-9733, 2015
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Lambert H, Frassetto L, Moore JB, Torgerson D, Gannon R, Burckhardt P, Lanham-New S The effect of supplementation with alkaline potassium salts on bone metabolism: a meta-analysis Osteoporosis International 26 1311-1318, 2015
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Moore JB, Gunn PJ, Fielding BA The role of dietary sugars and de novo lipogenesis in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease Nutrients 6 5679-5703, 2014
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Thumser AE, Moore JB, Plant NJ Fatty acid binding proteins: Tissue-specific functions in health and disease Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care 17 124-129, 2014
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Fisher CP, Kierzek AM, Plant NJ, Moore JB Systems biology approaches for studying the pathogenesis of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease World Journal of Gastroenterology 20 15070-15078, 2014
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Fisher CP, Plant NJ, Moore JB, Kierzek AM, Jurisica I QSSPN: Dynamic simulation of molecular interaction networks describing gene regulation, signalling and whole-cell metabolism in human cells Bioinformatics 29 3181-3190, 2013
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Moore JB, Weeks ME Proteomics and systems biology: Current and future applications in the nutritional sciences Advances in Nutrition 2 355-364, 2011
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Moore JB Symposium 1: Overnutrition: Consequences and solutions Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: The hepatic consequence of obesity and the metabolic syndrome Proceedings of the Nutrition Society 69 , 2010
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McGauran AMT, Moore JB, Madsen D, Barry D, O'Dea S, Mahon BP, Commins S A Possible Role for Protein Synthesis, Extracellular Signal-Regulated Kinase, and Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor in Long-Term Spatial Memory Retention in the Water Maze Behavioral Neuroscience 122 805-815, 2008
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Molloy E, Adams A, Moore JB, Masterson J, Madrigal-Estebas L, Mahon B, O'Dea S BMP4 induces an epithelial-mesenchymal transition-like response in adult airway epithelial cells Growth Factors 26 12-22, 2008
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Agarwal SK, Kennedy PA, Scacheri PC, Novotny EA, Hickman AB, Cerrato A, Rice TS, Moore JB, Rao S, Ji Y, Mateo C, Libutti SK, Oliver B, Chandrasekharappa SC, Burns AL, Collins FS, Spiegel AM, Marx SJ Menin molecular interactions: Insights into normal functions and tumorigenesis Hormone and Metabolic Research 37 369-374, 2005
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Cousins RJ, Blanchard RK, Popp MP, Liu L, Cao J, Moore JB, Green CL A global view of the selectivity of zinc deprivation and excess on genes expressed in human THP-1 mononuclear cells Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 100 6952-6957, 2003
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Cousins RJ, Blanchard RK, Moore JB, Cui L, Green CL, Liuzzi JP, Cao J, Bobo JA Regulation of zinc metabolism and genomic outcomes Journal of Nutrition 133 , 2003
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Moore JB, Blanchard RK, Cousins RJ Dietary zinc modulates gene expression in murine thymus: Results from a comprehensive differential display screening Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 100 3883-3888, 2003
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Moore JB, Blanchard RK, McCormack WT, Cousins RJ cDNA array analysis identifies thymic LCK as upregulated in moderate murine zinc deficiency before T-lymphocyte population Changes Journal of Nutrition 131 3189-3196, 2001
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Blanchard RK, Moore JB, Green CL, Cousins RJ Modulation of intestinal gene expression by dietary zinc status: Effectiveness of cDNA arrays for expression profiling of a single nutrient deficiency Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 98 13507-13513, 2001
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Levenson CW, Moore JB Response of rat adrenal neuropeptide Y and tyrosine hydroxylase mRNA to acute stress is enhanced by long-term voluntary exercise Neuroscience Letters 242 177-179, 1998
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