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Sport, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

Dr Luciana Torquati

Dr Luciana Torquati

Senior Lecturer in Nutrition, Director of EDI (Public Health and Sport Sciences)


 Richards Building 


Richard's Building, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


Luciana is a Senior Lecturer in Nutrition and registered nutritionist with the Association for Nutrition (UK), and her research is multi-disciplinary working with colleagues in Natural Sciences, Bioscience, Sport Science, and Psychology. Her overarching theme is how modifying diet and gut microbiome can promote health and prevent chronic disease; either by direct changes in diet composition or diet behaviour (perceptions, nutrition education, cooking skills, self-efficacy).

Luciana joined Exeter in 2019 as a Lecturer in Nutrition. Before this, she was at The University of Queensland (Australia), where she completed her PhD in Nutrition and Dietetics. Her thesis discussed the development and evaluation of a diet and physical activity program for nurses. After that, her post-doctoral training looked at the effect of work patterns on energy balance, and physical and mental health.

She is currently researching inulin (fermentable fibre) supplementation on different gut microbiome-mediated outcomes. These include improved health and performance in athletes, and reduced cardiovascular disease and inflammation to sustain healthy ageing. Her work has also included projects with industry, including fermented foods characterisation (Benetts Kombucha, Exeter) and phytochemical bioavailability in broccoli (QUEX PhD studentship and PepsiCo).


Diet and exercise, Nutrition, Gut microbiome and metabolic syndrome, Fibre intake and functional foods, Wellbeing and quality of life, Sustainable nutrition


Diet analysis, food group analysis, diet and health outcomes modelling, behaviour change, mixed methods, systematic reviews, meta-analysis

Keywords:  #nutrition #diet #gut health #exeter #gut micrbiome #probiotics #prebiotics


BSc Biology of Nutrition - University of Camerino, Italy

MSc Biological Sciences (Nutrition and functional foods) - University of Camerino, Italy

PhD Nutrition and Dietetics - The University of Queensland, Australia

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy - UK

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Journal articles

Torquati L, Mielke GI, Kolbe-Alexander TL, Brown WJ (In Press). Associations between indicators of energy intake and expenditure with excess weight and obesity among women in sedentary and less-sedentary jobs. Preventive Medicine Abstract.
Min L, Ablitip A, Wang R, Luciana T, Wei M, Ma X (2024). Effects of Exercise on Gut Microbiota of Adults: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Nutrients, 16(7). Abstract.  Author URL.
Ali Redha A, Torquati L, Langston F, Nash GR, Gidley MJ, Cozzolino D (2023). Determination of glucosinolates and isothiocyanates in glucosinolate-rich vegetables and oilseeds using infrared spectroscopy: a systematic review. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, 1-17.
Ali Redha A, Langston F, Nash GR, Bows JR, Torquati L, Gidley MJ, Cozzolino D (2023). Determination of glucosinolates in broccoli (<i>Brassica oleracea</i> var. <i>italica</i>) by combining mid‐infrared (<scp>MIR</scp>) spectroscopy with chemometrics. International Journal of Food Science & Technology, 58(11), 5679-5688. Abstract.
Ali Redha A, Hong HT, Torquati L, Nash GR, Gidley MJ, Cozzolino D (2023). Development of Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS) Method for Quantification of Broccoli Sulforaphane. Food Analytical Methods, 17(1), 1-6. Abstract.
Langston F, Redha AA, Nash GR, Bows JR, Torquati L, Gidley MJ, Cozzolino D (2023). Qualitative analysis of broccoli (Brassica oleracea var. italica) glucosinolates: Investigating the use of mid-infrared spectroscopy combined with chemometrics. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, 123, 105532-105532.
Torquati L, Gajanand T, Cox ER, Willis CRG, Zaugg J, Keating SE, Coombes JS (2022). Effects of exercise intensity on gut microbiome composition and function in people with type 2 diabetes. European Journal of Sport Science, 23(4), 530-541. Abstract.
Williams CJ, Torquati L, Li Z, Lea RA, Croci I, Keating E, Little JP, Eynon N, Coombes JS (2022). Oligofructose-Enriched Inulin Intake, Gut Microbiome Characteristics, and the V̇O2 Peak Response to High-Intensity Interval Training in Healthy Inactive Adults. J Nutr, 152(3), 680-689. Abstract.  Author URL.
Williams CJ, Li Z, Harvey N, Lea RA, Gurd BJ, Bonafiglia JT, Papadimitriou I, Jacques M, Croci I, Stensvold D, et al (2021). Genome wide association study of response to interval and continuous exercise training: the Predict-HIIT study. Journal of Biomedical Science, 28(1). Abstract.
Torquati L, Jackman SR, Bowtell JL (2020). Can Inulin-Enriched Cereal Products Improve Mucosal Immunity in Athletes?. Clinical Nutrition ESPEN, 40, 500-501.
Kolbe-Alexander TL, Gomersall S, Clark B, Torquati L, Pavey T, Brown WJ (2019). A hard day’s night: time use in shift workers. BMC Public Health
Torquati L, Coombes JS, Murray L, Hasnain SZ, Mallard AR, McGuckin MA, Fassett RG, Croci I, Ramos JS (2019). Fibre Intake is Independently Associated with Increased Circulating Interleukin-22 in Individuals with Metabolic Syndrome. Nutrients, 11(4). Abstract.  Author URL.
Torquati L, Mielke G, Brown W, Burton N, Kolbe-Alexander T (2019). Shift Work and Poor Mental Health: a Meta-Analysis of Longitudinal Studies. American Journal of Public Health, 1-26.
Torquati L, Peeters G, Brown WJ, Skinner TL (2018). A Daily Cup of Tea or Coffee May Keep you Moving: Association between Tea and Coffee Consumption and Physical Activity. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 15(9). Abstract.  Author URL.
Torquati L, Kolbe-Alexander T, Pavey T, Leveritt M (2018). Changing Diet and Physical Activity in Nurses: a Pilot Study and Process Evaluation Highlighting Challenges in Workplace Health Promotion. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 50(10), 1015-1025. Abstract.
Marinelli O, Nabissi M, Amantini C, Morelli MB, Torquati L, Santoni G (2018). ICOS-L as a Potential Therapeutic Target for Cancer Immunotherapy. Current Protein and Peptide Science
Lamerton TJ, Torquati L, Brown WJ (2018). Overweight and obesity as major, modifiable risk factors for urinary incontinence in young to mid-aged women: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Obesity Reviews, 19(12), 1735-1745. Abstract.
Torquati L, Mielke GI, Brown WJ, Kolbe-Alexander T (2017). Shift work and the risk of cardiovascular disease. A systematic review and meta-analysis including. dose–response relationship. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health, 44(3), 229-238.
Torquati L, Kolbe-Alexander T, Pavey T, Persson C, Leveritt M (2016). Diet and physical activity behaviour in nurses: a qualitative study. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 54(6), 268-282.
Torquati L, Pavey T, Kolbe-Alexander T, Leveritt M (2016). Promoting Diet and Physical Activity in Nurses. American Journal of Health Promotion, 31(1), 19-27. Abstract.


Torquati L, Leveritt M, Pavey T (In Press). Changing diet and physical activity behaviour in nurses using Intervention Mapping: Study protocol. 12th European Nutrition Conference 2015.
Torquati L, Kolbe-Alexander T, Pavey T, Leveritt MD (2017). Changing diet and physical activity in time-poor populations.

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