Rana studied at King’s College, London University where she gained a 2:1 BSc degree in nutrition. She is a member of the Nutrition Society and has been a Registered Nutritionist (RNutr (Public Health)) since 1998. She is also a member of the professional nutrition consultants group, SENSE.
Rana was awarded a PhD for her research into the diets of pregnant women, which focused on women’s concerns about weight gain and the adequacy of vegetarian diets. She later led a UK team of nutrition researchers in an international study into the effects of diet on blood pressure.
She has also researched problems relating to iron deficiency, which is a particular concern for young children. She worked on the development of a new method for measuring iron absorption and an equation for predicting iron absorption from meals. She recently acted as a consultant for University College London on a study looking at weaning practices among mothers in low-income groups.
Rana has lectured on a wide range of undergraduate courses and taught nutrition to medical students, midwives and trainee dieticians. She has also written in scientific journals, books, magazines and for the NCT, establishing herself as an expert in nutrition for pregnancy and childhood.
She lives in London with her husband and their three children.