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Evaluating the impact of combinations of dietary fibres on digestive tolerance

Project Description

This 4 year PhD is funded by a BBSRC Collaborative Training Partnership with Mondelez to be delivered jointly by the University of Glasgow and the Company.

There is a need to reformulate foods to improve their impact on health and nutrition such as reducing sugar content and increasing dietary fibre. This project will use a novel combination of in vitro human fermentation models and in vivo human studies combined with physicochemical measurements to investigate the influence of dietary fibre composition on digestion, interaction with other dietary components, including sucrose and gut microbiota function. The rheology of different fibre mixtures and food systems using oscillatory and shear rheometry will also be investigated in collaboration with Heriot Watt University.

This studentship will benefit from a high-quality training programme provided by the University of Glasgow plus travel and consumables budgets and payment of tuition fees. The successful candidate will receive an annual stipend in line with RC-UK rates.
The student would take full advantage of the collaboration with Mondelez by taking up a placement during their studentship.

Start date: 1 October 2019

Funding Notes

BBSRC CTP Scholarship.
To be eligible for a full award (stipend and fees). A student must have:
settled status in the UK, meaning they have no restriction on how long they can stay
Been ordinarily resident in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the g rant. This means they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences)
Not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education . (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals)

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