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Dr. Bojlul Bahar

Senior Lecturer in Nutritional Sciences

School of Sport and Wellbeing

Darwin Building, DB204

+44 (0) 1772 89 4914

bbahar@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: Biosciences

Bojlul joined UCLan in 2016 as a Senior Lecturer in Nutritional Sciences. Prior to this, he was based at the University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland for more than a decade as Postdoctoral Research Scientist and Academic & Research Fellow. The main focus of his current research is to understand the role of gene-nutrient interaction in chronic inflammation linked metabolic syndrome and use of bioactive nutraceuticals in inflammation and insulin resistance.

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Bojlul Bahar is a Senior Lecturer in Nutritional Sciences and an active member of the International Institute of Nutritional Sciences and Food Safety Studies at the University of Central Lancashire.

Bojlul has graduated (PhD Food Sciences & Nutrition) in 2006 from the University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland. During his PhD research, using stable isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) technique, Bojlul has quantified the elemental (Carbon, Nitrogen and Sulphur) turnover in the mammalian tissues.

Bojlul established the quantitative relationship reflecting the rate at which C, N, and S in the mammalian organs/tissues get replaced with those from the diet over time. His research demonstrated the potential of tracing the source of muscle meat to its geographical origin (American vs European) or production system (organic vs conventional farming).

Bojlul’s primary research interest is to understand the interaction of dietary bioactive nutrients with the host genome and exploring such interaction in the prevention of chronic inflammation and insulin resistance associated with metabolic syndrome (Molecular and Nutritional Immunology).

As an active researcher in the UCD Institute of Food & Health for more than a decade, Bojlul has developed a low-cost and rapid technique of pathway-specific gene screening which is currently used in a wider Biomedical research including drug delivery, rheumatoid arthritis and renal cancer.
 

Qualifications

  • Professional Certification in University Teaching & Learning, UCD, Ireland, 2016
  • PhD, Food Science & Nutrition, UCD, Ireland, 2006
  • MSc (Biotechnology), Assam Agricultural University (AAU), India, 2000
  • BSc (Agri.), AAU, India, 1997

 

Membership

Bojlul Bahar is a member of the Registered Nutritionist of the Association for Nutrition.

Publications

​Obaidi Ismael, Higgins Michael, Bahar Bojlul, Davis L Jessica, McMorrow Tara (2018). Identification of the multifaceted chemopreventive activity of curcumin against the carcinogenic potential of the food additive, KBrO3. Current Pharmaceutical Design. DOI:10.2174/1381612824666171226143201 (PMID: 29278208)


McEvoy, Caitriona, de Gaetano, Monica, Giffney, Hugh E, Bahar, Bojlul, Cummins, Eoin P, Brennan, Eoin P, Barry, Mary, Belton, Orina, Godson, Catherine G et al (2017) NR4A Receptors Differentially Regulate NF-κB Signaling in Myeloid Cells. Frontiers in Immunology, 8:7 DOI: 10.3389/fimmu.2017.00007


Chowdhury IH, Koo SJ, Gupta S, Liang LY, Bahar B, Silla L, Nuñez-Burgos J, Barrientos N, Zago MP, Garg NJ (2017). Gene expression profiling and functional characterization of macrophages in response to circulatory microparticles produced during Trypanosoma cruzi infection and chagas disease. Journal of Innate Immunity, 9(2):203-216. doi: 10.1159/000451055


Bahar, Bojlul, O'Doherty, J. V., Vigors, S. and Sweeney, T. (2016) Activation of inflammatory immune gene cascades by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in the porcine colonic tissueex-vivomodel. Clinical & Experimental Immunology, 186 (2). pp. 266-276. ISSN 0009-910

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Teaching activities

Bojlul is course leader for MSc. Nutrition and Food Sciences and he currently leads and teaches on:

  • XS4603- Public Health Nutrition
  • XS4601- Contemporary issues in Nutrition
  • XS3601- Nutrition & Health

Bojlul currently teaches on:

  • XS4900- Research Project (PG)
  • XS3900- Research Project (UG)
  • XS3600- Nutrition-Related Diseases
  • XS2600- Nutrition for Life
  • XS1601- Principles of Biology and Nutrition

Research Activities

Bojlul’s current research activities involve:

  • Identification of genes, key molecular targets and cellular pathways involved in insulin resistance through the application of integrated approaches of transcriptomics, metabolomics, human gut-genomics and bioinformatics.
     
  • Exploring the potential of bioactive nutraceuticals in attenuation of chronic inflammatory process and insulin resistance.

Projects

Bojlul’s ongoing projects include:

  • Identification of insulin resistance and resveratrol supplementation in overweight and obese adults
     
  • The effect of dietary supplementation of omega 3 on insulin sensitivity, inflammatory markers, and gut microflora in a cohort of overweight, male construction workers.

Conferences

Bahar B. O’Doherty JV, Hayes M and Sweeney T. (2012). Extracts of Ascophyllum nodosum have anti-inflammatory activity in human intestinal epithelial-like (Caco-2) cells. Proceedings of NutraMara Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 25-26 April, p. 55

Bahar B. O’Doherty JV, Hayes M and Sweeney T. (2012). Extracts of brown seaweeds can attenuate the bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) induced pro-inflammatory response in the porcine colon ex-vivo. 12th International Symposium on digestive physiology of pigs, Colorado, USA.

Bahar B. O’Doherty JV and Sweeney T.(2012). Assessment of RNA integrity in the post-mortem pig colonic tissue ex-vivo. 12th International Symposium on digestive physiology of pigs, Colorado, USA.

Mukhopadhya A, O’Doherty JV, Smith A, Bahar B, Sweeney T. (2012). Effect of dietary supplementation of laminarin and fucoidan on overall pig performance, cytokine profile and select microbial flora of pig gut. 12th International Symposium on digestive physiology of pigs, Colorado, USA.

Mukhopadhya A, O’Doherty J, Smith A, Bahar B and Sweeney T. (2011). Effect of dietary supplementation of laminarin and fucoidan on inflammatory cytokine gene expression in the pig gut. Proceedings of International Symposium on Animal Functional Genomics, Dublin, Ireland. 10-12 October, p. 47

Ahmed AM, Keane O, Good B, Hanarahan JP, Creevey C, McCabe M, Bahar B, McGettigan P, Mehta JP and Sweeney T (2011). Diversity of expression of immune related genes in European and Asian sheep breeds. Proceedings of International Symposium on Animal Functional Genomics, Dublin, Ireland. 10-12 October, p. 31

Walsh AM, Sweeney T, Callan JJ, Bahar B, O’Doherty J (2011). Effect of chitooligosaccharide inclusion on performance, selected faecal microbial populations and volatile fatty acid concentration in the weanling pig Proceeding of the Agricultural Research Forum, Tullamore, 14-15 March, p. 4