About Nesta

Nesta is an innovation foundation. For us, innovation means turning bold ideas into reality and changing lives for the better. We use our expertise, skills and funding in areas where there are big challenges facing society.

David Dearlove

David joins Nesta as a principal researcher in the healthy life team.

Before joining Nesta, David worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford undertaking human research trials to understand how the contents of one's diet (eg, the amount of free sugar consumed) affect metabolism and risk of developing cardiometabolic disease.

In particular, his research focussed on the effects of dietary patterns (eg, a high-sugar diet) on fatty acid metabolism within the liver (that is, how the liver stores, creates and exports fatty acids) and how an individual's genotype modulates these effects. David also completed his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at the University of Oxford in metabolic physiology, where he investigated the human ketone body metabolism.

Outside of work, David spends most of his time chasing his toddler around parks in south-west London and enjoys cycling, running, rowing and spending too much money at fancy coffee shops.