Dr. Chohan is a Lecturer in Nutrition at the School of Life Sciences in Kingston University (KU). She has a passion for aromatic plants, which led to two diplomas in Aromatherapy (1995-1996).
She then worked as a part-time self-employed therapist, continued studying and attained two more diplomas: one in Advanced Herbal Medicine and another in Advanced Nutritional Medicine (2000-2002). These college courses stimulated her interest in nutrition and prompted her to obtain a BSc in Nutrition (2006), and PhD in Nutrition (2011).
Dr. Chohan started working several hours a week as a demonstrator on various modules in Life Sciences while studying for her PhD at KU. Once she graduated, she then became a lecturer on Nutrition modules, Food Science and Research Methods and Skills (statistics). She also supervises individual students for undergraduate and postgraduate projects. She is a Registered Nutritionist (UKVRN), and currently studying for a Post graduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching in higher education.
Dr. Chohan’s area of research is on bioactive compounds in food, with a focus on polyphenols in culinary herbs and spices. She presented her work at two international conferences on polyphenol in 2008 in Salamanca, Spain, and 2010 in Montpellier, France. She was invited to write an editorial for the French Scientific magazine Sciences et Avenir in 2008, and also published two original peer-reviewed articles (2008 and 2012). The latter investigated the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of culinary herbs on colon cancer cells and healthy white blood cells. Her other research interests include: the potential health benefits of prebiotics and probiotics; current management strategies and novel approaches for Celiac disease; and the ageing process.
Dr. Chohan is a member of the Nutrition Society (NutSoc) and the British Herbal Medicine Association (BHMA). She has also attended many seminars for continuing personal development, ranging from “Phytotherapeutic Support in Reproductive Cancers” (MHRA-2007) to “Statistics for nutrition research” (NutSoc-2012).