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Precision Nutrition: Improving human health by monitoring physiology and metabolism

   Department for Health

About the Project


This programme of doctoral training will explore the broad area of ‘personalised nutrition’ by integrating various physiological measurements. Specifically, this will translate molecular pathways at a cellular level, via metabolic responses in specific tissues, through to clinical and behavioural outcomes at the level of the whole organism. The planned thesis will necessarily therefore combine both laboratory- and field-based testing of free-living humans to better understand how metabolic health is regulated and so may be targeted via modifiable lifestyle factors (e.g. diet, physical activity, sleep, etc).

This research will be completed within the Centre for Nutrition, Exercise & Metabolism at the University of Bath, which specialises in conducting clinical trials that involve molecular/signalling data from human muscle and adipose tissue samples. However, this studentship is part-funded by an industrial partner (Salus Optima), who will lend technical expertise that enables volunteers to monitor and interpret real-time physiological responses – this will involve using modern wearable technology to continuously monitor key parameters (such as glucose control and energy expenditure). These approaches will be incorporated into the design of human research trials to reveal the effects of various lifestyle interventions on metabolic health and thus to develop health and lifestyle recommendations specific to each individual.

Preferred start date – 16 January 2023

Interviews – expected mid-November 2022

Application criteria

·        Undergraduate degree in a relevant field

·        Experience collecting physiological data from human volunteers

Enquiries and Applications

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Professor James Betts ()

Formal applications should be made via the University of Bath’s online application form for a PhD in Health clearly stating the name of the project. Please note, the application form will appear to be for 2023/4 entry. Do not worry, we will amend this after you have applied.

More information about applying for a PhD at Bath may be found on our website.

Funding Eligibility

In order to be considered for the available studentship, you must qualify as a Home student. In determining Home student status, we follow the UK government’s fee regulations and guidance from the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA). Further information may also be found within the university’s fee status guidance.

EU/EEA citizens who live outside the UK are unlikely to be eligible for ‘Home’ fees and funding.

Funding Notes

The studentship includes Home tuition fees, a stipend at the UKRI standard rate (£17,668 per annum, 2022/23 rate) and research/training expenses (£1,000 per annum) for up to 3 years. Eligibility criteria apply, see Funding Eligibility section above.

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