Kieran Michael Tuohy

Affiliation: Group Leader, Nutrition and Nutrigenomics Group, Centre for Research and Innovation - Fondazione Edmund Mach,



I received my PhD from the University of Surrey (UK) in 2000. Between 2000 and 2006 I worked as a post doctoral researcher in the Food Microbial Sciences Unit of Professor Glenn Gibson, University of Reading and in 2006 was appointed lecturer in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition. I now lead the Nutrition and Nutrigenomics Group at Fondazione Edmund Mach, Trento, Italy ( ). My research focuses on the health effects of diet:microbe interactions within the gastrointestinal tract and has expertise in microbial ecology, fermentation technologies, nutrition, functional food design and testing, metabolomics and metagenomics. I am currently co-chair of the ILSI Europe task force on Functional Foods and associate editor responsible for microbiota at the European Journal of Nutrition. I currently have about 100 international peer reviewed publications in the area of gut microbiology and a H index of 28.



Recent Publications

1.(2016) Effect of a synbiotic on the response to seasonal influenza vaccination is strongly influenced by degree of immunosenescence. . Mar 15;13:6.

2.Klinder A, Shen Q, Heppel S, Lovegrove JA, Rowland I, Tuohy KM. (2016) Impact of increasing fruit and vegetables and flavonoid intake on the human gut microbiota. .

3.Ulaszewska, M.M., Trost, K., Stanstrup, J.,  Tuohy, K.M., Franceschi, P., Chong, M.F.F., George, T.,  Minihane, A.-M., Lovegrove, J.A.,  Mattivi, F. (2016) Urinary metabolomic profiling to identify biomarkers of a flavonoid-rich and flavonoidpoor fruits and vegetables diet in adults: the FLAVURS trial. Metabolomics,

4.Likotrafiti E, Tuohy KM, Gibson GR, Rastall RA. (2016) Antimicrobial activity of selected synbiotics targeted for the elderly against pathogenic Escherichia coli strains. Int J Food Sci Nutr. Jan 12:1-9.

5.Carafa I, Clementi F, Tuohy K, Franciosi E. (2016) Microbial evolution of traditional mountain cheese and characterization of early fermentation cocci for selection of autochtonous dairy starter strains. Food Microbiol. Feb;53(Pt B):94-103.

6.Marchesi, JR, Corfe, B, Hart, A, Hold, G, Quraishi, N, Adams, DA, Hirschfield, GM, Kinross, J, Tuohy, K, Fava, F, Smidt, H, Hermes, G, Zoetendal, E. (2016). The gut microbiome and host health: A new clinical frontier. An activity of the Gut Microbiota for Health Expert Panel (GMfH), of the British Society for Gastroenterology. Gut, Feb;65(2):330-9.

7.Barelli C, Albanese D, Donati C, Pindo M, Dallago C, Rovero F, Cavalieri D, Tuohy KM, Hauffe HC, De Filippo C. (2015) Habitat fragmentation is associated to gut microbiota diversity of an endangered primate: implications for conservation. Scientific Reports Oct 7;5:14862. 

8.(2015) Low-grade inflammation, diet composition and health: current research evidence and its translation. Jul 31:1-14.

9.Verbeke, K.,  Boobis, A. Chiodini, A., Edwards, C., Franck, A.,  Kleerebezem, M., Nauta, A.,
Raes, J., Tuohy, K., van Tol, R. (2015) Towards microbial fermentation metabolites as markers for health benefits of prebioitcs. ILSI activity in preparation for Nutrition Research Reviews,

10.Koutsos A, Tuohy KM, Lovegrove JA. (2015) Apples and cardiovascular health--is the gut microbiota a core consideration? 7(6):3959-98.

11.Franciosi, E., Carafa, I., Nardin, T., Schiavon, S., Poznanski, E., Cavazza, A., Larcher, R., Tuohy, KM. (2015) Biodiversity andγ-Aminobutyric Acid Production by Lactic Acid Bacteria Isolated from Traditional Alpine Raw Cow’s Milk Cheeses.

12.Carafa I, Nardin T, Larcher R, Viola R,Tuohy K, Franciosi E. (2015) Identification and characterization of wild lactobacilli and pediococci from spontaneously fermented Mountain cheese. Jun;48:123-32. doi: 10.1016/

13.Tuohy, KM Fava, F, Viola, R. (2014). The way to a mans heart is through his gut microbiota – dietary pro- and prebiotics for the management of cardiovascular disease. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 73(2):172-85.

14.“Diet-Microbe Interactions in the Gut”. Editors: Kieran M. Tuohy and Daniele Del Rio, 2014 (print date set for June). ELSEVIER. Print Book ISBN : 9780124078253