Dr Eleanor Raffan MRCVS

Eleanor is a veterinary surgeon who worked in mixed (farm, equine and small animal) practice before settling on a career that could combine specialist clinical work with research.  She completed specialist clinical training at the Universities of Liverpool and Cambridge before heading to the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Metabolic Science to do a PhD in the genetics of diabetes.  She now combines clinical work and teaching with research as a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Career Development Fellow.  She is a European Specialist in Small Animal Medicine.

She lives near Cambridge with her family and a charming cat called Loki.  She leads the GOdogs project and is the first point of call if you are interested in hearing more.  You can contact her using the details on this page.


Jodie Wainwright

Jodie is a recent Animal Science graduate from the University of Nottingham. She recently completed a placement year with MARS Petcare at the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition. Here she gained experience in animal behaviour and training as well as nutrition research. She recently worked on a project examining dog owner views of nutrition and feeding in relation to wellbeing, and has an interest in the human-animal bond and pet obesity.

She lives in Cambridge with her very mischievous cat named Buckbeak!

She’s keen to recruit enthusiastic Flatcoated Retriever owners to bring their dog along and get involved in our relaxed test of energy expenditure. The test is simple – dogs are taken for a walk then settled in a modified transport kennel until they’ve been resting or sleeping for about 2 hours. Owners can stay with the dogs throughout. If you’d like to volunteer, visit this page for more information.


Dr Marie Dittmann

Marie is a postdoctoral researcher on the project.  She has previously studied animal behaviour (with a focus on dogs) and investigated nutrition and metabolism, so is perfectly suited to take forward the GOdogs work studying how dogs’ genes affect their behaviour and metabolism.



Prof. Sir Stephen O’Rahilly FRS, FMedSci

Prof O’Rahilly is Director of IMS-MRL and is a distinguished figure in the field of research into the genetics and consequences of human obesity.  He is sponsoring the project.  You can read more about his research interests here, and listen to him speaking about how different people have different fat biology in the video below.