Dr. Heather Ohly

Dr. Heather Ohly

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Darwin Building, DB232

+44 (0) 1772 89 5703

Subject Areas: Health, Public Health, Nutrition

Heather Ohly is a postdoctoral researcher with interests in maternal and child nutrition. She is currently working on a BBSRC funded project to address zinc deficiency in North West Pakistan.


Full Profile


  • PhD Nutrition, University of Central Lancashire, 2018
  • MMedSci Human Nutrition, University of Sheffield, 2003
  • BSc Geography, Swansea University, 1999


  • Registered Nutritionist (Association for Nutrition)


Heather had an article published in The Conversation in January 2018 about using biofortification to enhance to micronutrient content of staple crops. The article is entitled ‘Scientists are breeding super-nutritious crops to help solve global hunger’

Lowe NM, Khan MJ, Broadley MR, et al. (2018) Examining the effectiveness of consuming flour made from agronomically biofortified wheat (Zincol-2016/NR-421) for improving Zn status in women in a low-resource setting in Pakistan: study protocol for a randomised, double-blind, controlled cross-over trial (BiZiFED). BMJ Open, 8: e021364. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-021364

Ohly, H., Crossland, N., Dykes, F., Lowe, N., Hall Moran, V. (2017) A realist review to explore how low-income pregnant women use food vouchers from the UK’s Healthy Start programme. BMJ Open, 7: e013731. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013731.
Ohly, H., Gentry, S., Wigglesworth, R., Bethel, A., Lovell, R., Garside, R. (2016) A systematic review of the health and well-being impacts of school gardening: synthesis of quantitative and qualitative evidence. BMC Public Health, 16, 286.

Ohly, H., White, M. P., Wheeler, B. W., Bethel, A., Ukuomunne, O. C., Nikolaou, V., Garside, R. (2016) Attention Restoration Theory: A systematic review of the attention restoration potential of exposure to natural environments. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part B, 19 (7), 305-343.

Hayter, A., Draper, A., Ohly, H., Rees, G., Pettinger, C., McGlone, P., Watt, R. (2015) A qualitative study exploring parental accounts of feeding preschool children in two low income populations in the UK. Maternal and Child Nutrition, 11 (3), 371–384.