Funded PhD Position in Obesity Risk and Early Life Nutritional Environment
A funded Ph.D. position in Nutrition, Metabolism and Genetics is available immediately at the University of Calgary located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Dr. Raylene Reimer has been awarded funding through the Faculty of Kinesiology Dean’s Doctoral Recruitment Strategy for a Ph.D. scholarship ideally starting September 2016 but as early as May 2016. The proposed research would allow a new Ph.D. student to conduct basic research in rodent models examining the role of early nutrition (maternal, paternal and postnatal) on the gut microbiota and obesity risk.
The impact of obesity is felt on a national and global scale and there is a growing need for solutions to help with the prevention and management of obesity and its related conditions. Manipulation of the gut microbiota with diet early in life could have profound effects on lifelong disease risk. Understanding the mechanisms by which this happens is critical. Dr. Reimer’s lab has been instrumental in testing the impact of novel dietary fibres on microbiota and metabolic health. Her bench to bedside research approach allows trainees the opportunity to undertake mechanistic studies in animal models and participate in translational work in human clinical studies.
Applicants should email a copy of their transcripts and CV to: [email protected]