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Understanding the metabolic fate of omega -3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3PUFA) in humans

Project Description

The University of Stirling, in partnership with Nutricia Research, is inviting applications for a 3 year full-time funded PhD studentship to commence in November/December 2019. The studentship will include the opportunity of a 6 month internship working within the Muscle Centre of Excellence team at Nutricia Research in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

The overarching aim of this unique studentship is to comprehensively examine the metabolic fate of ingested omega (ω) -3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3PUFA) in blood, skeletal muscle and adipose tissue.

The clinical role of n-3PUFA in health is widely recognised. However, no studies have systematically examined the metabolic fate of n-3PUFA across multiple tissues when ingested using different dosing regimens. We will conduct a human intervention trial to characterise of n-3PUFA incorporation into blood, skeletal muscle and adipose tissue. The project will provide expertise in a range of specialised laboratory techniques including human physiological testing, tissue sampling, biochemical measurements and analytical techniques.

The supervisors of the project are:
Dr Stuart Galloway, Associate Professor, University of Stirling
Dr Nidia Rodriguez-Sanchez, Lecturer, University of Stirling
Dr Oliver Witard, Senior Lecturer, King’s College London
Dr Matthew Furber, R&I Lead - Nutrition & Muscle, Nutricia Danone Research

Candidates are welcome to make informal enquiries about the project to Dr Stuart Galloway () or Dr Nidia Rodriguez-Sanchez ()

Applicants should have a first or upper second-class honours degree in a relevant area to the project (e.g. human biology, physiology, biochemistry, sport and exercise science or nutrition science). Candidates also will have excellent practical laboratory skills and excellent interpersonal skills for working with human volunteers. A Master’s degree or equivalent postgraduate qualification or other evidence of advanced research skills and experience is preferred.

Applicants are asked to send in all the documentation listed below, attached as a single email, to using the subject header “Metabolic fate of omega – 3 in humans – Reference”.
Documents to attach include:
•Two-page CV
•Degree certificates and transcripts
•Cover letter and ‘Supplementary Personal Statement’ to explain why the position particularly matches the applicant’s skills and experience.
•Two references (academic)

Funding Notes

This scholarship covers payment of full-time course fees (home/EU level) and stipend at current RCUK rate. Students who pay international tuition fees are eligible to apply, however will only receive funding equivalent to UK/EU fees and will be required to pay the difference between the international tuition fee and UK/EU fees.

Further information relating to fees and funding can be found here: View Website

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