Obesity is a major risk factor for chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, adverse cardiovascular events and metabolic syndrome-related disorders. Different interventions such as exercise and nutrition have been applied in order to promote weight loss and fat loss and treat the associated clinical disorders. Exercise has been shown to affect metabolic factors (glucose, insulin), appetite hormone responses (acylated ghrelin, PYY, GLP-1) and inflammatory mediators (cytokine production). Furthermore, previous research has shown that prior nutritional status (e.g. fasting/food composition/food quantity) may affect these responses with little data collected on females. This project will examine the effect of nutritional status and exercise on metabolic, hormonal and inflammatory responses in women.
The project will provide expertise in a range of specialised techniques including human physiological and exercise testing, biochemical and immunological techniques (e.g. ELISA, Clinical Chemistry, LCMS). The research will be conducted by a multi-disciplinary team across the Faculty of Science, Engineering & Computing at Kingston University, as well as potential partner institutions/external collaborators. The exact programme of work will be established between the candidate and supervisory team.
Applicants should have a first or upper second class honours degree in a relevant area to the project. This includes human biology, physiology, biochemistry, sport science or nutrition. You will have excellent practical laboratory skills and excellent interpersonal skills for working with human volunteers. A Master’s degree or equivalent qualification or other evidence of research skills and experience is preferred but not essential.