Dr Caroline Orfila

Dr Caroline Orfila


I am interested in understanding the role of the cell wall polymers in determining the textural and nutritional properties of foods. I am collaborating with academic colleagues in the area of food processing and food biochemistry, as well as industry partners, to develop this multidisciplinary area of research.


  • Director of Research and Innovation

Research interests

  • Role of the cell wall in determining food texture and nutritional quality
  • Fibre and Health
  • Starch Digestion and Health


  • BSc Biochemistry and Food Science (University of Leeds)
  • PhD in Plant Sciences (University of Leeds)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (Northumbria University)

Professional memberships

  • Registered Nutritionist (Association for Nutrition)
  • Nutrition Society (Member)
  • Higher Education Academy (Fellow)

Student education

My teaching focuses on educating learners on the principles of nutrition and nutritional biochemistry at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Research groups and institutes

  • Nutrition and Public Health
  • Functional Biopolymers for Food and Health
  • Human Nutrition and Lifestyle Intervention
  • Digestion and Delivery
  • Food Safety, Security and Sustainability

Current postgraduate researchers

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://physicalsciences.leeds.ac.uk/research-opportunities">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>