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Dr Fandi Ibrahim

Associate Professor and Course Leader for Nutrition and Human Health

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Dr Fandi Ibrahim

Associate Professor and Course Leader for Nutrition and Human Health


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School of (EAST) Engineering, Arts, Science & Technology

Career Overview

Dr Ibrahim is an internationally recognised expert in the field of functional foods. His 20- year career spans both academia and industry. He is also a UKVRN Registered Nutritionist. Prior to joining UoS, he worked as a Researcher at the Functional Food Forum, University of Turku, Finland, and also worked as a scientist in DuPont Nutrition and Health, Finland.

Dr Ibrahim’s research has been focused on the area of probiotics, prebiotics, dietary fibre, and gut microbiota. He has investigated the effect of specific probiotic bacteria on the immune system in the elderly, and he has recently been taking a holistic approach to gut health, exemplified in his recent publication, “ A 5Ad Dietary Protocol for Functional Bowel Disorders”. This long-term project aims to identify the most influential dietary factors on gut health and beyond, and is open for collaboration, particularly to elucidate the underlying physiological mechanisms.

Dr Ibrahim is an active member of the scientific community where he is actively publishing and serving as a reviewer for peer-reviewed scientific periodicals. He has co-authored three books, has been an invited speaker in various international scientific conferences and has contributed to raising public awareness of science by giving relevant radio talks.

Professional Qualifications

PhD, Food Chemistry and Functional Foods, 2006, Dept. of Biochemistry and Food Chemistry, University of Turku, Finland

BSc; MSc in Food Science and Technology, 1995 and 2000, Dept. of Food Science and Technology, Assiut University, Egypt


UKVRN Registered Nutritionist – RNutr

Member of the Nutrition Society, Cambridge University, UK

Member of the Equality & Diversity Committee University of Suffolk, UK

Teaching Focus

  • Applied Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Functional Foods and Metabolism
  • Obesity and Energy Homeostasis


Nutrition and Health, Gut microbiota, Probiotics , Prebiotics, Dietary fibre, 5Ad Dietary Protocol, Functional bowel disorders, IBS.

Please contact the Press team by emailing or telephone 01473 338476 or 07595 091046 (out of hours)

Research Interests 

  • Functional Bowel Disorders
  • Probiotics, Prebiotics and Dietary fibre, and gut microbiota

Selected Publication

  • Fandi Ibrahim and Philippa Stribling. A 5Ad Dietary Protocol for Functional Bowel Disorders, Nutrients 2019, 11(8),1938
  • Kendra Daly and Fandi Ibrahim. Current and potential status of probiotics in inflammatory bowel disease. Agro FOOD Industry Hi Tech, Vol 30(1), 2019
  • R. Lakhani and F. Ibrahim. The Effect of Dietary Fibre Source on Satiety and Bowel Function. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society (2016), 75 (OCE2), E44
  • Fandi Ibrahim. Effect of the source of dietary fibre on bowel function of healthy volunteers. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society (2015), 74 (OCE5), E349
  • Arthur C. Ouwehand, Fandi Ibrahim, Preben Jørgensen, Sofia Forssten, Henna Röytiö. Probiotic cheese: New opportunities. Focus on Dietary Fibres & Pre/Probiotics Supplement to Agro Food industry Hi-Tech, Vol 22 (2), 2011
  • Fandi Ibrahim, Sofia Forssten, Arthur C. Ouwehand. Probiotics for the ageing population. Food Science and Technology, 25 (4), p26-28, 2011
  • Fandi Ibrahim and Sofia Forssten. Elderly intestinal microbiota: opportunities for probiotics. Journal of Microbial & Biochemical Technology, S1, 2011
  • Arthur C. Ouwehand, Fandi Ibrahim, Sofia Forssten. Cheese as a carrier for probiotics; in vitro and human studies. Australian Journal of Dairy Technology, 65, p165-169, 2010
  • Henna Mäkeläinen, Fandi Ibrahim, Preben Jørgensen, Arthur C. Ouwehand. Probiotic Cheese: Development and Functionality. NUTRAfoods, 9(3), p15-19, 2010
  • Fandi Ibrahim and Arthur Ouwehand. Probiotics and Prebiotics in immune function in elderly. Focus on Dietary Fibres & Pre/Probiotics, Supplement to Agro Food industry Hi-Tech, Vol 21 (2), 2010
  • Fandi Ibrahim, Suvi Rovio, Linda Granlund, Seppo Salminen, Matti Viitanen, Arthur C. Ouwehand. Probiotics and immunosenescence: cheese as carrier. FEMS Immunology and Medical Microbiology 59, p53-59, 2010.
  • Fandi Ibrahim, Teemu Halttunen, Raija Tahvonen, Seppo Salminen. Probiotic bacteria as detoxification tools: assessing their heavy metal binding isotherms. Canadian Journal of Microbiology, 52, p1-9, 2006