Lipid metabolism expert
Role of animal derived foods on human health

The principle duties of Kevin Shingfield (MTT Agrifood Research, Finland) include overall management of financial and scientific resources of the Lipid Metabolism group at MTT Agrifood Research Finland that is focused on establishing and delivering on National and International research programmes examining the role of animal-derived foods on human health. Research is directed towards developing sustainable nutritional strategies for enhancing the quality of animal-derived foods, ruminant products in particular, which involves studies of ruminal biohydrogenation, transportation of absorbed fatty acids and lipid metabolism in adipose tissue and the mammary gland. Research activities in the future will be focused on examining the key role of lipids on lipogenic gene expression and providing a more comprehensive understanding of gene responses to nutrients in productive livestock species.  


  • Bernard, L., Shingfield, K. J., Rouel, J., Ferlay, A., Chilliard, Y. 2009. Effect of plant oils in the diet on performance and milk fatty acid composition in goats fed diets based on grass hay or maize silage. British Journal of Nutrition 101: 213-224.
  • Shingfield, K. J., Chilliard, Y., Toivonen, V., Kairenius, P., Givens, D. I. 2008. Trans fatty acids and bioactive lipids in ruminant milk. In: ed. Z. Bösze. Bioactive components of milk. New York: Springer. p. 3-65. (Series: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, Vol. 606).
  • Shingfield, K. J., Ärola, A., Ahvenjarvi, S., Vanhatalo, A., Toivonen, V., Griinari, J. M., Huhtanen, P. 2008. Ruminal infusions of Cobalt-EDTA reduce mammary 9-desaturase index and alter milk fatty acid composition in lactating cows. Journal of Nutrition 138: 710-717.
Where am I?
Luciano Pinotti, University of MilanAshild Krogdahl, NVHIan Givens, Reading UniversityChris Knight, University of CopenhagenVincent Baeten, CRA-WDolores Pérez Marín, University of CordobaStephen Woodgate, Beacon ResearchJoop Luten, NofimaHans Dieter Hess, AgroscopeBart Van Droogenbroeck, ILVOJerzy Juskiewicz, Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research Anna Haug, UMBMindaugas Malakauskas, LVAIonelia Taranu, INCDBNARodica Criste, INCDBNAAneliya Haritova, Trakia UniversityKris Sejrsen, Department of Animal Health, Welfare and NutritionRafael Codony, University of BarcelonaFrancesc Guardiola, University of BarcelonaKatri Ling, Institute of Animal Science and Veterinary MedicinePreben Bach Holm, University AarhusDavid Arney, Institute of Animal Science and Veterinary MedicineAna Garrido Varo, University of CordobaJaroslava Ovesna, Institute of Crop ResearchKevin Shingfield, MTT Agrifood ResearchNastasia Belc, Institute of Food BioresourcesRupert Bruckmaier, University of BernJohn Wallace, Rowett Research InstituteCornelia Metges and Harald Hammon, FBNJaap Keijer, WURAila Vanhatalo, University of HelsinkiJovanka Levic, Institute of Food TechnologyDavid Kenny, Institute for Food and HealthIsabelle Oswald, INRAMilan Marounek, Institute of Animal ScienceVeerle Fievez, Ghent UniversityMarcela Speranda, Faculty of Agriculture CroatiaKostas Mountzouris, Agricultural University of AthensIoannis Politis, Agricultural University of AthensMargrit Velik, Institute of Live Stock ResearchBegona de la Roza-Delgado, SERIDAJohn O`Doherty, Institute for Food and Health
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