Dr Maninder Ahluwalia

Job Title: Senior Lecturer in Clinical/Human Genetics & Programme Director MSc Biomedical Science

Room No: D2.01b 

Telephone No: + 44 (0) 29 2020 5924

Email Address: mahluwalia@cardiffmet.ac.uk


I am actively involved in design and delivery of molecular biology, genetics, bioinformatics, precision medicine and nutrition, and epigenetics on a number of programmes within the department of Biomedical Sciences including BSc Healthcare Science, BSc Biomedical Science and Biomedical Sciences (Health, Exercise and Nutrition) and MSc Biomedical Science. I also manage the MSc Biomedical Science programme that offers five specialist pathways (Medical Genetics & Genomics, Medical Biochemistry, Immunohaematology, Medical Microbiology and Cellular & Molecular pathology).



Most of my research life has been focussed on elucidating the mechanisms of actions of various drugs including Rosiglitazone and Anagrelide. My technical expertise lie in the field of gene expression analysis by qPCR, transcriptional regulation, microarray analysis, and SNP genotyping. More recently I have focussed on applying my expertise to explore gene-nutrient interactions within the newly expanding fields of nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics. Certain gene polymorphisms contribute to the metabolic response, nutritional status, ability to respond/not-respond to nutritional interventions. At the same time certain nutrients within our diet have the ability to alter the gene expression and contribute to health and disease. I am interested in understanding the key genomic and epigenomic mechanisms of actions of dietary bioactive compounds and their interactions with the genome. I enjoy talking about “Eat to fit your Genes” and “personalised nutrition” at various public engagement platforms.



  • Nurudeen Hassan, Ahmed Ali, Cathryn Withycombe, Maninder Ahluwalia, Raya Hamdan Al-Nasseri, Alex Tonks, Keith Morris TET-2 up-regulation is associated with the anti-inflammatory action of Vicenin-2. Cytokine 108 (2018) 37-42


  • Butcher L, Ahluwalia M, Örd T, Johnston J, Morris RH, Kiss-Toth E, Örd T, Erusalimsky JD  Evidence for a role of TRIB3 in the regulation of megakaryocytopoiesis. Sci Rep. 2017 Jul 27;7(1):6684


  • Nurudeen Hassan, Cathryn Withycombe, Maninder Ahluwalia, Andrew Thomas, Keith Morris A methanolic extract of Trigonella foenum-graecum (fenugreek) seeds regulates markers of macrophage polarization.  Functional Foods in Health and Disease 2015; 5(12): 417-426


  • Ahluwalia M, Butcher L, Donovan H, Killick-Cole C, Jones PM, Erusalimsky JD. The gene expression signature of anagrelide provides an insight into its mechanism of action and uncovers new regulators of megakaryopoiesis. J Thromb Haemost 2015; 13: 110312.

  • Isa SA, Ruffino JS, Ahluwalia M, Thomas AW, Morris K, Webb R. "M2 macrophages exhibit higher sensitivity to oxLDL-induced lipotoxicity than other monocyte/ macrophage subtypes." Lipids Health Dis. 2011 Dec 6;10(1):229.


  • Ahluwalia M, Donovan H, Singh N, Butcher L, Erusalimsky JD. 2010 Anagrelide represses GATA-1 and FOG-1 expression without interfering with thrombopoietin receptor signal transduction.  J Thromb Haemost 8(10):2252-61


  • Morris RH, Tonks AJ, Jones KP, Ahluwalia MK, Thomas AW, Tonks A, Jackson SK. 2008 DPPC regulates COX-2 expression in monocytes via phosphorylation of CREB. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 370(1):174-8


  • Caddy J, Singh N, Atkin L, Ahluwalia M, Roberts A, Lang D, Thomas AW, Webb R. 2008 Rosiglitazone transiently disturbs calcium homeostasis in monocytic cells. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 366(1):149-55

  • Ahluwalia M, Evans M, Morris K, Currie C, Davies S, Rees A, Thomas A. 2002 The influence of the Pro12Ala mutation of the PPAR-gamma receptor gene on metabolic and clinical characteristics in treatment-naive patients with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Obes Metab 4(6): 376-8

Book Chapters:
Ahluwalia, M.K. (2021). Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics-a personalised approach to nutrition. In: D. Kumar, ed., Advances in Genetics. [online] Academic Press. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/bs.adgen.2021.08.005.

Co-inventor of TRB3-related patent on:  ASSAYS FOR AGENTS AFFECTING MEGAKARYOCYTE DEVELOPMENT (Application Number:12/898590 , Publication Date: 05/12/2011)

New Scientists 2020
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