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Accumulation and transformation of selenium and zinc in typical probiotics under cofermentation of selenium-zinc-serine-GSH


   Department of Environmental Science

  , ,  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Probiotics have been implemented in a wide range of food products, including dairy products, meat, beverages, cereals, vegetables, and fruits, as well as bread goods, which could be helpful on gastrointestinal peristalsis, digestion and absorption and immunity. Selenium (Se), an essential trace element for human and animals, play important roles on immune system, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-virus. Zinc (Zn) is essential for immunoregulatory functions including cellular growth and maturation of immune cells, particularly in the development of activation of T cells. However, till now, there is no study that combined Se-Zn-probiotics as a whole under co-fermentation condition, let alone related products. The present study will focus on the co-fermentation of Se-Zn-serine-GSH to develop an optimal lab-level co-fermentation condition for Se-Zn-probiotics products.

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Requirements:

The candidate should have a first class or upper second class honours degree, or a master’s degree (or equivalent qualification), in Food Fermentation, Food Nutrition, Microbiology, Molecular Biology. Evidence of good spoken and written English is essential. The candidate should have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, if the first language is not English. This position is open to all qualified candidates irrespective of nationality.

Degree:

The student will be awarded a PhD degree from the University of Liverpool (UK) upon successful completion of the program.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants are advised to email (XJTLU principal supervisor’s email address) the following documents for initial review and assessment (please put the project title in the subject line).

  • CV
  • Two formal reference letters
  • Personal statement outlining your interest in the position
  • Certificates of English language qualifications (IELTS or equivalent)
  • Full academic transcripts in both Chinese and English (for international students, only the English version is required)
  • Verified certificates of education qualifications in both Chinese and English (for international students, only the English version is required)
  • PDF copy of Master Degree dissertation (or an equivalent writing sample) and examiners reports available

Funding Notes

The PhD studentship is available for three years subject to satisfactory progress by the student. The award covers tuition fees for three years (currently equivalent to RMB 80,000 per annum). It also provides up to RMB 16,500 to allow participation at international conferences during the period of the award. The scholarship holder is expected to carry out the major part of his or her research at XJTLU in Suzhou, China. However, he or she is eligible for a research study visit to the University of Liverpool up to six months, if this is required by the project.

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