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p.a.balac@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473198


My first degree was in Biochemistry at Sheffield University. After a PGCE, I taught for three years in a secondary school in Derbyshire. I returned to Sheffield University for a PhD, studying the role of essential fatty acids in tissue function. I then spent five years carrying out postdoctoral research at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

My two main projects were: The role of copper and pyrrolizidine alkaloids in causing Indian Childhood Cirrhosis and Mutation testing in the copper associated genetic disorder Wilson’s Disease. During my time as a post-doc I was also an honorary lecturer at the Centre for Human Nutrition, then based at the Northern General Hospital, Sheffield.

I joined the University of Huddersfield in 1996. I have had various roles during my time here and I am currently the course leader for the MSc Nutrition and Food Sciences. I am a member of the Biochemical Society, the Nutrition Society and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. My research interests at present are on the beneficial effects of flavonoids in dark chocolate and green tea. I contribute topical biology and nutrition articles to two local newspapers on a regular basis and I am involved in various Outreach activities with local schools.

I am married with three school aged children, which leaves some small time for my hobbies of walking, swimming and horse riding.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Bentley, S., Allan, R., Belton, D., Moffat, F., Pufal, D., Balac, P., Hunter, A. and Shaw, N. (2013) ‘Flipping the Classroom with Just in Time Teaching and Peer Instruction: Case Studies from the Sciences and Business’. In: ALT-C 2013, 10-12 September 2013, East Midlands Conference Centre, University of Nottingham

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