Dr. Stephanie Dillon

Dr. Stephanie Dillon

Principal Lecturer & Academic Lead for Sport, Exercise & Nutritional Sciences

School of Sport and Health Sciences

Darwin Building, DB202

+44 (0) 1772 89 3516


Stephanie's background is in clinical biochemistry and antioxidants and she has been at the UCLan since 2008 developing and delivering undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in nutrition and exercise. Prior to this Stephanie spent six years as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Liverpool followed by a short period at The Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital.

Stephanie is research active within the area of sport and exercise science. She is a member of the International Institute of Nutritional Sciences and Applied Food Safety Studies.

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Stephanie's research interests to date have been focused around the area of identifying biochemical, cellular, and molecular markers/changes associated either with nutritional intervention (garlic/selenium supplementation) and disease processes in humans. PhD research at Liverpool John Moores University examined the in vitro and in vivo antioxidant properties of an aged garlic extract (AGE) with regards to the prevention of Cardiovascular Disease. Postdoctoral research positions at the University of Liverpool, Department of Medicine examined the changes in cytokine- and stress-related gene expression profiles in response to selenium supplementation in both healthy adult and aged humans using gene micro-arrays. This work was funded by the Food Standards Agency. Further work examined selenium supplementation, immune function and cancer risk in healthy adults using a variety of lymphocyte functional assays. Stephanie then joined the research group at the Cardiothoracic Centre in Liverpool as a senior postdoctoral scientist where her research examined the differences in cardiovascular-related gene expression patterns in human endothelial cells of different vascular origins as well as optimising techniques for isolation and identification of endothelial progenitor cells.

Current research interests are around the area of trace minerals (particularly selenium) and the impact exercise and nutritional interventions on inflammatory responses and cardiovascular disease risk factors in adult and aged populations as well as elite athletes. Stephanie also works with the Sport Development Unit at Preston City Council to develop and deliver Healthy Lifestyle training programmes.


  • 1998-2001 Ph.D. Clinical Biochemistry, Thesis title: Aged Garlic Extract as an Antioxidant in Cardiovascular Disease, Liverpool John Moores University.
  • 1995-1998 BSc (Honours), Applied Biochemistry. Upper second class, Liverpool John Moores University.
  • 1996-1997 Industrial Placement Year Distinction. Department of Surgery, University of Liverpool.


  • Member of the Nutrition Society and Higher Education Academy

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Dillon, Stephanie, Mitra, S. R., Foster, P. C., Ellahi, B., McCann, J. F. and Lowe, Nicola M (2012) Trace mineral status in Caucasian and South Asian postmenopausal women living in the UK. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 71 (OCE2). E189. ISSN 0029-6651

Jackson, Malcolm J, Dillon, Stephanie, Broome, Caroline S, McArdle, Anne, Hart, C Anthony and McArdle, Francis (2004) Are there functional consequences of a reduction in selenium intake in UK subjects? The Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 63 (4). pp. 513-7. ISSN 0029-6651

Dillon, Stephanie, Burmi, Rajpal S, Lowe, Gordon M, Billington, David and Rahman, Khalid (2003) Antioxidant properties of aged garlic extract: an in vitro study incorporating human low density lipoprotein. Life sciences, 72 (14). pp. 1583-94. ISSN 0024-3205

Dillon, Stephanie, Lowe, Gordon M, Billington, David and Rahman, Khalid (2002) Dietary supplementation with aged garlic extract reduces plasma and urine concentrations of 8-iso-prostaglandin F(2 alpha) in smoking and nonsmoking men and women. The Journal of nutrition, 132 (2). pp. 168-171. ISSN 0022-3166

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Research Activities

In brief: exercise and micronutrients and their effect on inflammatory responses and risk factors for disease, dietary antioxidants and oxidative stress.

Research Projects

Current projects are examining salt content in takeaway meals, whole body cryotherapy and inflammatory responses, and development of training programmes related to healthy lifestyle.

External Roles

External examiner for BSc (Hons) Exercise, Nutrition and Health at Coventry University

Manuscript reviewer for Journal of Nutrition, Maternal and Infant Nutrition, and International Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism.

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Stephanie is course leader for BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Exercise Sciences (including human nutrition and personal fitness training pathways) and MSc Nutrition and Food Sciences.

Steph leads and teaches on:

  • XS4600 Advanced Human Nutrition
  • XS4601 Current Topics in Nutrition
  • XS3601 Nutrition and Health
  • XS3201 Current Topics in Population Health and Exercise
  • XS2600 Nutrition for Life
  • XS1600 Understanding Nutrition

Stephanie also teaches on:

  • XS4001 Ethical Guidelines and Procedures for Sport Exercise Sciences
  • XS3900 Research Project
  • XS3600 Nutrition Related Disease
  • XS3200 Exercise Referral
  • PS2710 Research Methods
  • XS2600 Sports Nutrition
  • XS1200 Introduction to Applied Human Physiology


Dillon SA., Mitra SR., Foster PC., Ellahi B., McCann JF., Lowe NM. Trace Mineral Status in Caucasian and South Asian postmenopausal women living in the UK. Nutrition Society, Belfast, 2012.

Dillon SA., Downham DY., Broome CS., Arthur JR., McArdle F., Jackson MJ. Cytokine expression and selenium status in response to selenium supplementation in adult subjects. 12th International Symposium on Trace Elements in Man and Animals. Northern Ireland. June 2005.

Dillon SA., McArdle F., Broome CS., McArdle A., Jackson MJ. Cytokine-related gene expression in lymphocytes from adult and elderly subjects following selenium supplementation and mitogen activation. The Liverpool Mini-Symposium on ROS, Muscle and Ageing. Liverpool, UK. May 2005.

Dillon SA., Broome CS., McArdle F., Jackson MJ. Immune Function and Cytokine-Related Gene Expression in Healthy Adult Subjects Following Selenium Supplementation. NHS R&D Open Day, Liverpool, UK. November 2004.

Dillon SA., McArdle F., Broome CS., McArdle A., Jackson MJ. Cytokine-related gene expression in lymphocytes from adult and elderly subjects following selenium supplementation and mitogen activation. Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine. Seattle, USA. November 2003.

Dillon SA., McArdle F., Broome CS., McArdle A., Jackson MJ. Individual variability in stress-related gene expression in adult and older subjects in response to sodium selenite supplementation. The Oxygen Club of California: Oxidants and Antioxidants in Biology. Cadiz, Spain. February 2003.

Dillon SA., Lowe GM., Billington, D. Rahman K. Preliminary evidence to suggest that antioxidant phenolics in aged garlic extract protects against in vitro copper oxidation of LDL. Society for Free Radical Research: Bioflavonoids and Polyphenols in Health and Disease. Dinard, France. December 1999.