Dr Fandi Ibrahim

Associate Professor and Course Leader for Nutrition and Human Health

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Dr Ibrahim is an internationally recognised expert in the field of functional foods with more than 20- year career that spans both academia and industry. He is a UKVRN Registered Nutritionist (RNutr). Prior to joining Suffolk, 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, 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 of nutrition by giving relevant radio talks and contributing to various media.

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 Health and Wellbeing group, University of Suffolk, UK

Functional Foods and Metabolism

Applied Nutrition and Metabolism

Obesity and Energy Homeostasis


Functional Bowel Disorders

Dietary fibre

Gut microbiota

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

Philippa Stribling and Fandi Ibrahim. Dietary fibre definition revisited - The case of low molecular weight carbohydrates. Clinical Nutrition ESPEN, Volume 55, June 2023, Pages 340-356

Nejad, L., Al-Naimi, S., Rajic, A., & Ibrahim, F. (2022). 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, 81(OCE1).

Szuba, M., Stribling, P., Ball, C., & Ibrahim, F. (2022). Nutrient deficiencies in patients with functional bowel disorders. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 81(OCE1).

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