Dr Nicola Lowe is Professor of Nutritional Science at the University of Central Lancashire. After graduating from the University of Liverpool with a PhD in trace mineral metabolism, Nicola spent four years as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of California, Berkeley where she conducted research examining the homeostatic response to dietary zinc depletion. She has worked on European Commission, NHS, NIH, USDA, Gates Foundation, and Wellcome Trust funded projects and is Chair of the Network of Zinc in Biology (COST Action TD1304). Nicola is also a member of the steering committee of the international Zinc Nutrition Consultative Group (iZINCG). She is currently involved in projects in Europe, USA, Peru and Pakistan and is author of over fifty peer reviewed publications. Nicola is also the Research Director and a trustee for the Abaseen Foundation. This Lancashire based charity is working alongside community members in rural villages in North West Pakistan, to improve education, nutritional status and health care provision.