Dr Suha Al-Naimi

Associate Professor in Nutrition and Human Health

School of Allied Health Sciences
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Suha is an MB ChB, MSc, PhD qualified professional in the fields Chemical Pathology and Metabolic Medicine. With a broad based experience in both national and international environments. Previously she worked as a Clinical Research Fellow at the Biomedical Research Centre (BMRC), University of East Anglia (UEA).

During her research project she established culture and manipulation of a new parasite to the labs as well as investigating the effects of this parasite on gut intestinal epithelia and as a result Suha has a numerous publications and received awards for her work. Moreover, whilst conducting research she got involved in facilitating both Problem Based Learning (PBL) and Inter Professional Learning (IPL) for students from the Medical School at UEA.

Suha acted as the Principal investigator for the project to examine the efficacy of a novel augmented reality mobile delivery platform for the enhancement of asthma care education for children and to prevent them from being admitted to hospitals. Moreover she is the Co- Investigator for the project titled as, Obesity as a risk factor for COVID 19 comorbidity and mortality. 

Teaching Focus

Course Leader 
  • Nutrition and Human Health
Module (s) Leader
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Immunology
  • Foundation of Anatomy and Physiology
  • Human Physiology
  • Human Physiological Measurements 
  • Scientific Study Skills
Modules involved in:
  • Obesity and Energy Homeostasis
  • Introduction to Health Sciences
  • Biology of Disease (Disease & Diagnosis)
  • Postgraduate Regenerative Medicine Research and teaching activity.

Current PhD students:
Emma Harvey Lawrence, project title: Does Suffolk know how to eat sustainably?   Lead Supervisor with Prof Nic Bury and Dr Manos Georgiadis ( Associate Supervisors).

Shannon Martyn: project title: Obesity As A Form Of Self-Harm: A Mixed Methods Approach.  Associate Supervisor with Dr Rachael Martin ( Lead Supervisor) and Prof Jo Finch ( Associate Supervisor).

Research Project

The crosstalk and interaction of the white adipose tissue/gut hormones on gut microbiota and within regenerative medicine.


Selected Publications

  1. Al-Naimi S, Brady P, Andrews T, Ibrahim F, Janes C, Abdel-Maguid M. Examining the Efficacy of a Novel Augmented Reality Mobile Delivery Platform for the Enhancement of Asthma Care Education for Children. iJIM ‒ Vol. 15, No. 07, 2021.    https://doi.org/10.3991/ijim.v15i07.20379
  2. Dubourg, Audrey, Xia, Dong, Winpenny, John P, Al-Naimi, Suha, Bouzid, Maha, Sexton, Darren W, Wastling, Jonathan M, Hunter, Paul R and Tyler, Kevin M (2018) Giardia secretome highlights secreted tenascins as a key component of pathogenesis. GigaScience, 7 (3). pp. 1-13. ISSN 2047-217X. https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/65976
  3. Al-Naimi, Suha, SM Hampton, L, Morgan. Postprandial Metabolic Profiles Following Meals and Snacks Eaten during Simulated Night and Day Shift Work. Chronobiol Int. 2004; 21 (6): 937-47. PMID: 15646240. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1081/CBI-200037171
  4. Nejad L., Al-Naimi S., Rajic A. and Ibrahim F. Probiotics as an additional therapeutic approach in the management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: a systematic review and meta-analysis, Proceedings of the Nutrition Society; (2022), 81 (OCE1), E13. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0029665122000131 
  5. Bunn C., Al-Naimi S., Rajic A. and Ibrahim F. Obesity as a risk factor for the admission of COVID-19 patients into ICU: a systematic review and meta-analysis, Proceedings of the Nutrition Society; (2022), 81 (OCE1), E23. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0029665122000234 

Selected Oral Presentations

  1. Al-Naimi S., Brady P., Andrews T., Ibrahim F., Janes C., Abdel-Maguid M. (2019) Examining the Efficacy of a Novel Augmented Reality Mobile Delivery Platform for the Enhancement of Asthma Care Education for Children. https://eventsget.com/events/view/united-arab-emirates/conference/october-2019/MjM1NjU= 
  2. Al-Naimi S, Ranganath L, Trayhurn P and Shenkin A (2017). Do White Adipose Adipocytes Express Receptors for Gut Hormones? https://madridge.org/journal-of-food-technology/food-tech-2017-scientificsession-proceedings/do-white-adipose-adipocytes-express-receptors-a1.010-s003.php 
  3. Al-Naimi, Suha, Winpenny, John P, Hunter, Paul R and Tyler, Kevin (2010). A soluble mediator from Giardia Lamblia disrupts human gastrointestinal epithelial cell function. In: British Society for Parasitology, Cardiff 29th March - 2nd April 2010, 2010-01-01. https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/14530/ 
  4. Al-Naimi, Suha, SM Hampton, L, Morgan (2005). Postprandial responses to sequential meals in simulated day and night shift workers. January Proceedings of The Nutrition Society 64:16A-16A.


  • Fellow HEA: The Higher Education Academy (2017)
  • RNutr: Registered Nutritionist- Association for Nutrition (2016)
  • PhD: Chemical Pathology & Metabolic Medicine, The University of Liverpool (2008)
  • MRCPath: Member of the Royal Collage of Pathology (2003)
  • MSc: Chemical Pathology & Molecular Biology, The University of Surrey (2002)
  • MB ChB: Baghdad Medical School, The University of Baghdad, Iraq (1997)