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A Nutrigenetics approach to study the impact of genetic and dietary factors on cardiometabolic disease outcomes

   Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences

  ,  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

We are seeking a highly motivated candidate for a PhD project that will focus on genetic and nutritional epidemiology and statistical genetics. The project will focus on identifying genetic determinants of cardio-metabolic risk factors and investigating the effect of these genetic determinants and dietary factors on cardio-metabolic traits such as diabetes, obesity and hypertension using detailed epidemiological and functional analyses. The student will use various study designs to perform genetic association and gene-diet interaction (nutrigenetics) analyses in different ethnic population-based studies. Specific emphasis will be placed on the development of novel analytical approaches to the analysis of hypotheses related to gene-diet interactions. The student will receive training in genetic epidemiology, statistical genetics and bioinformatics. The student will also have the opportunity to discuss the exact title and nature of the project to suit their interests and to incorporate recent advances in these exciting areas. This project provides an opportunity to work with a group that has a strong track record in nutritional and genetic epidemiology and to develop links with experts nationally and internationally. The successful candidate will be expected to actively participate in group meetings such as journal clubs and department seminars.

The project will be carried out at the Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition, University of Reading, UK. The project will be supervised by Prof Vimal Karani, Professor of Nutrigenetics & Nutrigenomics.

For an informal discussion, contact Prof Vimal Karani (

Funding Notes

BSc (grade 2:1 or 1) or MSc (merit or distinction) in a relevant subject


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