Prof Dolores O’Riordan (BSc, PhD) is the Lead Principal Investigator with Food for Health Ireland. She is the director of UCD’s Institute of Food and Health and UCD’s Vice-President for Global Engagement. She joined the Food Science team at UCD in 1995, following some time as a research fellow at UCC and Cornell University, and has six years’ international industrial R&D experience with Kerry Ingredients. Since then she has secured substantial funding from competitively won grants and a very important aspect of her work is collaboration with the food industry. Her expertise in the areas of physical and chemical analysis of foods and food formulation technology underpins her research, which currently focuses on enhancing the functionality and health benefits of food ingredients.