Dr Sarah Cottin

Lecturer

School School of Applied Sciences

Department Division of Engineering and Food Sciences

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+44 (0)1382 30 8780

Biography

Originally a biochemist, I have been involved in and coordinated diverse research projects in the field of nutritional sciences, from fundamental cell biology and physiology to the design and management of human studies. My research has aimed at elucidating the mechanisms through which food components interact with each other and affect metabolic and cardiovascular health.

I obtained my PhD in nutritional sciences from King’s College London in 2012 for a thesis entitled ‘Differential effects of fatty acids on the endothelium’: I examined the role of different fatty acid profiles, characteristic of lipid profiles observed in blood after various dietary patterns, on endothelial function in vitro. I later coordinated an intervention investigating the separate effect of the two main fish oils (EPA and DHA) on vascular, metabolic and platelet function, in a healthy young male population. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Rowett Institute (University of Aberdeen), I looked at the effect of iron deficiency during pregnancy in a rat model. We found that maternal iron deficiency affected vitamin A, copper and zinc metabolism and the expression of related genes in the maternal and foetal liver. In addition, I co-supervised a PhD student, who successfully submitted her thesis in 2016, investigating how amino acid affect iron transport in Caco-2 cells.

I joined the Division of Food and Drink in Abertay University as a lecturer in Nutrition in February 2017, which provides an exciting research environment in the field of food science and nutrition. My research now articulates around three axes, combining my previous interests with the expertise of food scientists and other nutritionists in our department:

• The role of EPA and DHA in cardiometabolic diseases
• The modulation of glycaemic response by food compounds (fibres, polyphenols)
• Micronutrient status and metabolism in pregnancy

2019

The effect of the enrichment of bread with fibres from fava bean husk by-products on postprandial satiety response and palatability

Dalani, D. ., Stott, S., Fiore, A. & Cottin, S. (2019) The effect of the enrichment of bread with fibres from fava bean husk by-products on postprandial satiety response and palatability. . . .
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2018

The effect of maternal iron deficiency on zinc and copper levels and on genes of zinc and copper metabolism during pregnancy in the rat

Cottin, S. C., Roussel, G., Gambling, L., Hayes, H. E., Currie, V. J. & McArdle, H. J. (2018) The effect of maternal iron deficiency on zinc and copper levels and on genes of zinc and copper metabolism during pregnancy in the rat. . . p. 121-129. .
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The effect of maternal iron deficiency on copper levels and on genes of copper metabolism during pregnancy in the rat

Cottin, S. C., Roussel, G., Gambling, L., Hayes, H. E., Stevens, V. J. & McArdle, H. J. (2018) The effect of maternal iron deficiency on copper levels and on genes of copper metabolism during pregnancy in the rat. . . p. E26-E26. .
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2016

The effect of amino acid deprivation on the transfer of iron through Caco-2 cell monolayers

Roussel, G., Stevens, V., Cottin, S. & McArdle, H. J. (2016) The effect of amino acid deprivation on the transfer of iron through Caco-2 cell monolayers. . . p. 82-90. .
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2015

Lack of effect of supplementation with EPA or DHA on platelet-monocyte aggregates and vascular function in healthy men

Cottin, S. C., Alsaleh, A., Sanders, T. A. & Hall, W. L. (2015) Lack of effect of supplementation with EPA or DHA on platelet-monocyte aggregates and vascular function in healthy men. . . p. 743-751. .
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Pregnancy and maternal iron deficiency stimulate hepatic CRBPII expression in rats

Cottin, S. C., Gambling, L., Hayes, H. E., Stevens, V. J. & McArdle, H. J. (2015) Pregnancy and maternal iron deficiency stimulate hepatic CRBPII expression in rats. . . p. 55-63. .
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2011

The differential effects of EPA and DHA on cardiovascular risk factors

Cottin, S. C., Sanders, T. A. & Hall, W. L. (2011) The differential effects of EPA and DHA on cardiovascular risk factors. . . p. 215-231. .
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2010

Effects of different fatty acid profiles on markers of endothelial function in cultured human dermal microvascular endothelial cells

Cottin, S. C., Siow, R. C., Sanders, T. A. & Hall, W. L. (2010) Effects of different fatty acid profiles on markers of endothelial function in cultured human dermal microvascular endothelial cells. . . p. E398-E398. .
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