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  FoodBioSystems BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership – PhD studentships available

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 Call for PhD Researchers across the Agriculture-Food Value chain. FoodBioSystems is a BBSRC funded doctoral training partnership (DTP) which brings together 6 universities internationally recognised for their expertise in agriculture, food and nutrition, as well as fundamental bioscience disciplines.
  Impact of maternal obesity on offspring adipogenesis
  Dr D Sellayah
Applications accepted all year round

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Obesity is the major health crisis of this generation. Thus, research into the mechanistic basis behind obesity is of paramount importance.
  The molecular mechanisms underpinning individual variation in platelet function and their effect on the progression and treatment of cardiovascular disease.
  Dr CI Jones
Applications accepted all year round

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Platelets are small blood cells that play a vital role in the chronic and acute progression of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD). Platelets respond to a range of agonists, which are released when blood vessels are damaged, by aggregating together to form thrombi.
  Appetite across the lifespan
  Dr M Clegg
Applications accepted all year round

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"Appetite research is of importance at key stages of the lifespan for different reasons. In infancy, childhood, and adolescence developing healthy eating behaviours can lead to healthy habits and diets that carry through into adulthood.
  Maximising the efficacy of polyphenols on cardiovacular health
  Dr C Mills
Applications accepted all year round

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"Cardiovascular diseases are the worlds’ leading cause of death. Dietary approaches to prevent or treat these diseases are becoming increasingly accepted.
  Decarbonisation of the Food System
  Dr E Mohareb
Applications accepted all year round

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As the world transitions to a low carbon economic system, dramatic changes will be required across the all sectors. The food system, which is currently estimated to be responsible for 20-30% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, is one where particular urgency is required.
  Molecular-genetic analysis of intra- and extra-cellular iron reduction systems in bacteria: role in gut colonisation and utilisation of dietary iron sources.
  Prof S C Andrews
Applications accepted all year round

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The innate immune defense systems respond to bacterial infection by reducing the amount of available iron in order to restrict bacterial growth.
  Designing Technology for Personalised Nutrition
  Prof F Hwang
Applications accepted all year round

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This PhD investigates the design of technology to provide personalised nutrition advice. Non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease are major challenges globally, and can be addressed, in part, by eating a healthier diet.
  Effect of dietary vitamin B supplementation on brain neural activity
  Prof Y Zheng, Prof C Williams
Applications accepted all year round

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Numerous studies have demonstrated the importance of vitamins B6, B12 and folate, for optimal physiological and neurological functioning.
  The relationship between dietary iron and zinc, and the gut microbiota: Can dietary iron and zinc regime be exploited to improve health?
  Prof S C Andrews
Applications accepted all year round

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"The gut microbiota (100 trillion cells) outnumber human cells by 10 to 1. Its composition of around 500 to 1000 species is specific for each individual and is dynamic, changing with age, health and diet.
  A Nutrigenetics approach to study gene-diet interactions on Cardio-metabolic diseases in different ethnic groups
  Dr V Karani, Prof J Lovegrove
Applications accepted all year round

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"We are seeking a highly motivated candidate for a PhD project that will focus on genetic epidemiology and statistical genetics.
  The Gut Microbiota and Colorectal Surgery
  Dr M Lewis, Prof S C Andrews
Applications accepted all year round

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"Background. Antibiotic use prior to and following colorectal surgery is conventional practice, and is aimed at reducing the incidence of postoperative infection which is a major risk of such surgery.
  Inhibition and Excitation in the brain
  Dr D Field
Applications accepted all year round

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An appropriate balance between excitatory and inhibitory neural processes in the brain underlies healthy psychological function. Two examples of conditions in which there is an imbalance are autism and ADHD.
  Extracellular vesicles in health and disease
  Prof P Yaqoob, Dr D Tannetta
Applications accepted all year round

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Endothelial dysfunction (ED) is associated with classical and emerging risk factors of cardiovascular disease (CVD), correlates with disease progression and is an independent predictor of the risk of future cardiovascular events.
  Integrative approach to valorise vegetable waste
  Dr M Oruna-Concha, Assoc Prof P Jauregi, Prof L Methven
Applications accepted all year round

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The FAO estimates that around one third of all food produced worldwide is not consumed, which represents around 1.3 billion tons per year, and is wasted throughout the whole food chain, from farmers to consumers.
  Investigation of structure-activity relationship of ACE inhibitory peptides derived from food proteins
  Assoc Prof P Jauregi, Prof K A Watson
Applications accepted all year round

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"Milk proteins are a rich source of bioactive peptides with a range of apparent biological activities, eg. antihypertensive, antioxidant and antimicrobial.
  Modulation of fortified foods for older adults
  Prof L Methven, Dr S Lignou
Applications accepted all year round

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Protein requirements increase with age as protein can help minimise sarcopenia and improve immunity. However protein fortified foods are often poorly accepted by older adults and can lead to numerous negative sensory attributes.
  Prebiotics and synbiotics for human health - converting biomass into functional food ingredients
  Prof R Rastall
Applications accepted all year round

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Prof. Rastall is interested in research in the area of prebiotic oligosaccharides, synbiotic combinations with probiotics and the impact of structure on the gut fermentation of carbohydrates.
  The effect of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFA, “fish oils”), on vascular and potassium channel function
  Dr A McNeish, Dr G Cottrell, Dr F Tamagnini
Applications accepted all year round

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There is a large body of evidence that consumption of oily fish or supplementation of fish oils leads to improvements in cardiovascular heath (as well as other health benefits including anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects).
  Structure-function relationships governing polyphenol bioactivity with respect to plasma membranes
  Prof R A Frazier, Dr R Green
Applications accepted all year round

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This project aims to investigate polyphenol binding to lipid membrane surfaces with a view to understanding how polyphenol structure and aggregation within the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) affects the bioavailability of these nutraceuticals.
  FoodBioSystems DTP - Development of integrated sustainable processes for food waste valorisation
  Dr A Chatzifragkou, Dr V Stojceska, Prof S Tassou
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Research Group. FOODBIOSYSTEMS BBSRC DTP. Post-farm-gate food chain is responsible for around 15 Mt of food waste, which accounts for more than 20 MtCO2e emissions.
  FoodBioSystems DTP - Diet and Chronic Disease: mechanistic studies on the impact of dietary protein on gut barrier function and the microbiota.
  Dr M Lewis, Dr D Robertson, Prof B A Griffin, Dr G Walton
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Research Group. FOODBIOSYSTEMS BBSRC DTP. The gut microbia is increasingly being linked to various chronic diseases including cardiovascular and liver disease.
  FoodBioSystems DTP - Optimising the sensorial and nutritional value of plant based milk alternatives
  Dr S Lignou, Dr R Elliott, Prof L Methven
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Research Group. FOODBIOSYSTEMS BBSRC DTP. Plant based milk alternative (PBMA) sales increased 33% between 2015 and 2017 and almost a quarter (23%) of Brits are using these products, with many choosing oat-milk alternatives (OMA) that are considered the most sustainable.
  FoodBioSystems DTP - Removing unwanted macro, micro and nanoplastics from fresh produce production
  Dr C Wagstaff, Dr M Al Sid Cheikh, Prof R Murphy
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Research Group. FOODBIOSYSTEMS BBSRC DTP. Global plastics production in 2019 was 359 million tonnes. Of the 62 million tonnes produced in Europe, only 9.2 million tonnes was collected for recycling, leaving the remainder to be disposed of on land or in marine environments, to the detriment of those ecosystems.
  FoodBioSystems DTP - Risk assessment of cakes with reduce sugar - a new detailed view on the role of microenvironments
  Dr KA Karatzas, Dr E Velliou, Dr A Wijeyesekera
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Research Group. FOODBIOSYSTEMS BBSRC DTP. Microbiological challenge testing is used in the food industry as a tool for risk assessment of foods.
  FoodBioSystems DTP - Bioaccessibility of lipids from dairy products: the cheese matrix
  Dr K Kliem, Dr B Fielding, Dr M Grundy, Prof B A Griffin
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Research Group. FOODBIOSYSTEMS BBSRC DTP.
  FoodBioSystems DTP - Exploring the upcycling potential of distilled grain as whole ingredients for thedevelopment of novel plant-based foods.
  Dr P Tosi, Dr V Stojceska, Dr S Grasso
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Research Group. FOODBIOSYSTEMS BBSRC DTP. This is an exciting 4 year PhD studentship investigating the potential for valorization of distilled grains (DSG) as whole ingredients to be used in sustainable and nutritious plant based foods.
  FoodBioSystems DTP - Improving nutrition efficiency and milk quality in dairy production
  Dr S Stergiadis, Dr K Theodoridou, Prof S Huws, Dr T Yan
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Research Group. FOODBIOSYSTEMS BBSRC DTP. Milk is the most nutritious single food but also a major provider of saturated fatty acids (SFA) in the UK diets.
  FoodBioSystems DTP - Investigation into sustainability labelling of food and implications for the consumer and the food industry
  Dr A Mauchline, Prof M Dean
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Research Group. FOODBIOSYSTEMS BBSRC DTP. There is a real challenge to produce enough food in a sustainable way to feed the growing global population.
  FoodBioSystems DTP - The impact of food transmitted endocrine disruptors on animal and human health
  Dr E Kevei, Dr L Connolly, Dr N Vasudevan, Dr G Arnott
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Research Group. FOODBIOSYSTEMS BBSRC DTP. We are seeking a highly motivated individual to carry out PhD research on the biomedical impact of microplastic pollution in the environment and in the Agrifood sector to determine its effect on human health.
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