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Novel dietary protein formulations, skeletal muscle metabolism and ageing, Sport and Health Sciences – PhD (Funded)

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Project Description


Dr Benjamin T Wall, University of Exeter
Dr Francis B Stephens, University of Exeter

The University of Exeter’s College of Life and Environmental Sciences, in partnership with Marlow Foods, is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to commence in April 2019. For eligible students the studentship will cover UK/EU tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £14,777 for 4 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study. 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.

The mass production of animal proteins to support population dietary protein requirements carries a large economic and environmental cost. Consequently, there is growing scientific and commercial interest in investigating the efficacy of alternative dietary protein sources to support human nutrition. A key application of dietary protein is to support muscle anabolism, which is of particular relevance to support muscle tissue reconditioning as we age. The present work will address the bioavailability of mycoprotein and other non-animal dietary protein sources, and their utility in maintaining muscle mass in older individuals, by using stable isotope methodologies. In addition, there is the possibility of further PhD studentships which would also apply stable isotope approaches to investigate the muscle metabolic and functional effects of other novel dietary protein sources that you may be considered for.

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 £14,777 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 and no stipend. The studentship is also subject to confirmation of funding.

The studentship will be awarded on the basis of merit for 4 years of full-time study to commence in April 2019. The collaboration with the named project partner is subject to contract. Please note full details of the project partner’s contribution and involvement with the project is still to be confirmed and may change during the course of contract negotiations. Full details will be confirmed at offer stage.

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