Professor Laura J Hardie

Professor Laura J Hardie


Professor Hardie graduated  from the University of Aberdeen with a BSc (Hons) in Biology (1983). She subsequently conducted her PhD (1991) in Aberdeen examining the effects of antioxidant vitamins  and fatty acids on the immune system. After  a period of postdoctoral research researching cytokine genes, she moved to the Rowett Research Institute in 1995 to take up post as a Senior Scientific Officer  investigating the newly discovered adipocyte hormone, leptin and its role in energy balance and metabolism. In 1997 she joined the Molecular Epidemiology Unit at the University of Leeds as a senior research fellow. Her research subsequently focussed on the molecular epidemiology  of Barrett's oesophagus and oesophageal cancer, including the role of diet, DNA damage and genetics in the disease process. In 2007 she was promoted from principal research fellow to Reader and in 2018 she was appointed to Professor of Nutrition, Metabolism and Health.



  • Athena SWAN lead for LICAMM
  • Postgraduate research tutor

Research interests

Recently funded projects:

Roberts L (PI), Hardie LJ (co-I), Gong Y, Routledge M, Roberts L, Mackie A.(2018-2019) Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry for the Analysis of Biological Small Molecules in Metabolomic, Nutritional, and Toxicological Studies. £345,419

Department of Health/Public Health England Policy Research Programme. Assessing iodine status and associated health outcomes in British women during pregnancy (2016-2019) Hardie LJ (PI), Greenwood D (co-PI), £1,400,000

MRC project grant. A UK on-line 24h dietary recall tool for population studies: development, validation and practical application (2011-2014) Cade, J. (PI), Hardie LJ (Co-I), Wark, P. (Co-I), Greenwood, D. (Co-I), Riboli E (Co-I), Alwan N (Co-I), £1,200,000.

European Food Safety Authority 2013-2014.  Hardie LJ (PI), Experimental study of deoxynivalenol biomarkers in urine. £35,000

National Food Agency, Sweden 2012. Hardie, LJ (PI) Urinary DON analysis in a Swedish population £23,803

NIH project grant. Barrett's Esophagus Adenocarcinoma Gene Environment GWAS Study (2010- 2013).Whiteman, D. (PI Brisbane), Vaughan, T (PI- Seattle), Hardie LJ (PI Leeds) et al., £20,000 Leeds

EC Project grant NewGeneris 2006-2011 Hardie LJ (PI), McKinney, P (co-I), Hepworth, S (co-I). New Generis: Newborn genotoxic exposure risks £1,000,000 to Leeds (£11.0M overall)

Project Grant- Cancer Research UK to Hardie, LJ (PI) and Murray, LJ. (2009-2011) Is the IGF axis associated with the development of Barrett’s oesophagus? A pooled case:control study from the BEACON consortium. £337,000


  • BSc
  • PhD

Student education

I deliver lectures, workshops and tutorials for the Introduction to Medical Sciences module for the 1st year MBChB programme, MSc in Biostatistics and Epidemiology, iBSc in Clinical Sciences and MSc in Public Health Nutrition.

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine
  • Clinical and Population Science
  • Multidisciplinary Cardiovascular Research Centre
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