Dr Peter Grabowski

PhD MEd RNutr (Nutrition Science) SFHEA

School of Health and Related Research

Senior University Teacher in Human Nutrition

Programme Director, MSc in Human Nutrition

My normal working hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays 9 am - 5 pm

Full contact details

Dr Peter Grabowski
School of Health and Related Research
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

I studied Pharmacology at the University of Liverpool and was awarded my PhD in 1987. I undertook postdoctoral research on drug metabolism in patients with liver disease in Kiel, Germany and on thyroid autoantibody repertoires and on the cellular and molecular biology of bones and joints at the University of Aberdeen. Following a spell at the University of York as a Smith & Nephew Postdoctoral Fellow in bone and joint biology, I joined the University of Sheffield in 1999 as Lecturer in Bone Biology in the Academic Unit of Child Health. I moved to the Academic Unit of Human Nutrition in 2012 to focus on teaching on the MMedSci in Human Nutrition and I am now a Senior University Teacher and a Faculty Officer for Learning and Teaching (Teaching Excellence).  I am currently on secondment to ScHARR.

Research interests

h-index of 29 (Web of Science) with 47 peer reviewed publications and over 75 peer reviewed conference abstracts. My current research interests are in the roles of nutritional and non-nutritional factors in health and disease, including bones and joints and cancer, with a focus on cellular and molecular mechanisms and the potential for bioinformatics to inform nutrition science and research.

Current research topics

  • Methyl donor nutrients and cervical cancer risk
  • Acid sensing proteins in bone and joint health and disease
  • Gut related peptides, feeding and bone health
  • Microindentation to measure bone fracture risk in children
Research group

Current PhD Students

  • Munirah Ismail
Teaching interests

Nutrition and bone biology: I am the Programme Director for the MSc in Human Nutrition (accredited by the Association for Nutrition) and I lead the Nutritional Biochemistry and Molecular Nutrition modules. I also teach Human Nutrition on the MRC-AR UK Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA) MRes in Musculoskeletal Ageing, a teaching collaboration across the Universities of Liverpool, Newcastle and Sheffield. I developed and deliver the Nutrition teaching on CIMA’s "The Musculoskeletal System: The Science of Staying Active Into Old Age" free online course, which has been rated one of the top 50 MOOCs of all time. I also teach on the MSc(Res) in Translational Oncology and on the MSc in Molecular Medicine, for which I was the Experimental Medicine Pathway lead prior to 2012. I am a founding faculty member for the Advanced Course in Paediatric Bone and Mineral Disorders, on which I have taught bone biology to Doctors in Training.

Research skills: I teach evidence based research and critical appraisal for Postgraduate Taught students, drawing upon over twenty years of experience supporting Postgraduate Research Student development in the Medical School, as a Lead Year Tutor (over 10 years) and through the Doctoral Development Programme.

Student engagement and representation: Through my role as a PGR Lead Year Tutor and as a Faculty Officer for Learning and Teaching, I have been an academic lead on a variety of student engagement projects, including redevelopment of the Medical School’s Literature Review assessment and Poster Presentation modules for the Doctoral Development Programme; directing projects for Student Associates in Learning and Teaching on spaces for learning and teaching (2017-18) and student engagement (2016-17). Both projects were accepted for oral presentation at RAISE conferences, and our team won a best poster prize in 2018. Following on from the student engagement project, I worked on the Students Union/University of Sheffield task and finish group redeveloping student representation for 2018.

Mentoring and coaching: I am a mentor for Early Career Researchers through the 'Think Ahead' mentoring scheme.

Professional activities
  • Registered Nutritionist (Nutrition Science) on the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Course Accreditation and Standards Committee of the Association for Nutrition
  • Member of the Nutrition Society, Bone Research Society, British Society for Matrix Biology
  • Affiliate member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, contributing to the activities of the British Paediatric and Adolescent Bone Group.