Dr. Heather Ohly

Dr. Heather Ohly

Research Fellow in Global Nutrition

School of Sport and Health Sciences

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.


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  • 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’

Ohly, Heather  , Lowe, Nicola M  , Broadley, Martin, Joy, Edward, Khan, Muhammad Jaffar, Mcardle, Harry, Medhi, Rashid, Shahzad, Babar, Zaman, Mukhtiar et al (2019) Exploring socio-cultural aspects of the food environment: Study perspectives from Pakistan. UNSCN Nutrition, 44 .

Ohly, Heather ORCID: 0000-0002-2493-5834, Broadley, Martin, Joy, Edward, Khan, Muhammad, McArdle, Harry, Zaman, Mukhtiar, Zia, Munir and Lowe, Nicola M ORCID: 0000-0002-6934-2768 (2018) The BiZiFED project: Biofortified Zinc Flour to Eliminate Deficiency in Pakistan. Nutrition Bulletin . ISSN 1471-9827

Ohly, Heather , Crossland, Nicola , Dykes, Fiona Clare , Lowe, Nicola M and Moran, Victoria Louise (2018) A realist qualitative study to explore how low-income pregnant women use Healthy Start food vouchers. Maternal & Child Nutrition . e12632. ISSN 1740-8695

Ohly, Heather , Bingley, Helen, Lowe, Nicola M , Medhi, Rashid, Ul Haq, Zia and Zaman, Mukhtiar (2018) Developing health service delivery in a poor and marginalised community in North West Pakistan. Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences, 34 (3). ISSN 1682-024X

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.