Professor Margaret Rayman has a doctorate in Inorganic Biochemistry from Somerville College, Oxford and has held post-doctoral fellowships at the Institute of Cancer Research and Imperial College. She is now Professor of Nutritional Medicine at the University of Surrey where she directs the highly respected MSc Programme in Nutritional Medicine.
Her research centres on the importance of trace elements to human health with particular emphasis on selenium in prostate cancer and the pregnancy disease pre-eclampsia. She is also investigating the relationship between selenium, iodine and thyroid function. She has published widely, including a paper in Cancer Research that showed a link between prostate cancer risk and selenoprotein genotype.
Margaret took a 17-year career break and returned to academic medicine via the Daphne Jackson Foundation Program where she is now a Trustee. She has been a judge for the BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards and sits as a magistrate in Surrey.