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Mycoprotein to support societal health and sports nutrition Ref: 2216 (Studentship 2 of 2).

   College of Life and Environmental Sciences

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About the Project

About the award
The University of Exeter’s College of Life and Environmental Sciences, in partnership with Quorn Foods™ are inviting applications for two fully-funded PhD studentships to commence in September 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter. For eligible students the studentship will cover UK/EU tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of £14,296 for 4 years. The student would be based in Sport and Health Sciences in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences at the St Luke’s campus in Exeter.

Academic Supervisors:
Dr. Benjamin Wall, University of Exeter
Assoc. Prof. Francis Stephens, University of Exeter
Assoc. Prof. Joanna Bowtell, University of Exeter
Dr Tim Finnigan (Industrial Supervisor), Quorn Foods™

Project Description:
Sufficient dietary protein is of vital importance for the maintenance of health and adaptation to exercise training in a variety of populations (e.g. Phillips, 2012; Wall et al., 2014). However, the optimal dietary source of protein is more controversial. The mass production of animal proteins carries with it a large economic and environmental cost, as well as triggering various contemporary moral debates. Consequently, there is intense scientific and commercial interest in demonstrating the efficacy of sustainably produced plant-based dietary proteins to support optimal human nutrition. Mycoprotein, a food produced by continuous fermentation of the filamentous fungus Fusarium venenatum, is a viable alternative protein source. Mycoprotein possesses advantages including a low saturated fat content, low environmental cost, suitability for vegetarian/vegan diets and a high fibre content (Denny et al., 2008). Mycoprotein has been produced, textured and flavoured under the Quorn Foods™ brand into numerous food products and meat alternatives. In addition, mycoprotein contains moderate levels of nucleotides which also have intriguing and under-investigated roles in human nutrition. The present work will perform detailed human physiology studies to address the utility of mycoprotein as an alternative source of dietary protein in modern human nutrition. The project will be split into two studentships which will work closely together:

(Studentship 2 of 2) Mycoprotein, nucleic acids and sports nutrition.

Please see advert 1 for details about the other studentship on offer or follow the link to our advert on all three .

In your application please indicate whether you wish to be considered for one or both of these studentships. In the case of both, please indicate your preferred project. Candidates who are interviewed for these studentships will also be considered for the 3 funded studentships entitled “Novel strategies to nutritionally manipulate skeletal muscle metabolism before, during, and in recovery from physical activity” ( Please indicate in your application if you do not wish to be considered for these additional awards.

This award provides annual funding to cover UK/EU tuition fees and a tax-free stipend. For students who pay UK/EU tuition fees the award will cover the tuition fees in full, plus at least £14,296 per year tax-free stipend. Students who pay international tuition fees are eligible to apply, but should note that the award will only provide payment for part of the international tuition fee.
Studentships will be awarded on the basis of merit and are awarded for 4 years of full-time study to commence in September 2016.

Denny A, Aisbitt B & Lunn J. (2008). Mycoprotein and health. British Nutrition Foundation.
Phillips S. (2012). Dietary protein requirements and adaptive advantages in athletes. Br J Nutr 108, 158-167.
Wall B, Cermak N & van Loon L. (2014). Dietary protein considerations to support active aging. Sports Med 44.

Entry requirements:
Applicants for this studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree in physiology, nutrition, sports science, biochemistry or a related discipline, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of science or technology.

If English is not your first language you will need to have achieved at least 6.5 in IELTS and no less than 6.0 in any section by the start of the project. Alternative tests may be acceptable, see

Please see for full details on how to apply.

The closing date for applications is midnight on 19th July 2016. Interviews will be held at the University of Exeter on the 26th and 27th July. Those being invited to interview will be expected to prepare a 5 minute presentation.