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  Ethnic-specific markers and mediators of metabolism and disease risk


   Faculty of Environment

   Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Globally, cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular are the leading cause of death. These diseases are linked to a person's age, ethnicity, culture, genetics, and lifestyle habits, such as diet and exercise. 

Evidence suggests that a large majority of cases could be prevented if a healthier lifestyle were followed but finding a single prevention or treatment strategy that works equally well for everyone no longer seems possible. 

Excitingly, important links between our genes and how people metabolise food differently has allowed us to uncover unique metabolic profiles in populations at high risk and encourages us to re-examine the shared role of ethnic-specific genetic characteristics and diet on the development of diseases. In this research group, we examine (i) how ethnic-specific genetic and metabolic traits modify risk of diseases; and (ii) how modifying diet or exercise strategies can reduce this risk.

Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the University's website. Please state clearly in the research information section that the research degree you wish to be considered for is ‘The role of genetics in the regulation of metabolism and cardiometabolic diseases and cancer’ as well as Dr Michael Zulyniak as your proposed supervisor.

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University's minimum English language requirements (below).

Biological Sciences (4) Food Sciences (15)

Funding Notes

Self-Funding Students are welcome to apply.
UK students – The Leeds Doctoral Scholarship (January deadline) is available to UK applicants.  Alumni Bursary is available to graduates of the University of Leeds.
Non-UK students –The China Scholarship Council - University of Leeds Scholarship is available to nationals of China.  Alumni Bursary is available to graduates of the University of Leeds.

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