PhD Fellowship Opportunities

PhD Fellowships

1. Rate of digestion, absorption and metabolism of dietary proteins containing different levels of tryptophan

We are seeking an outstanding PhD candidate to investigate the rate of digestion, absorption and metabolism of tryptophan.  This will involve in vivo studies; including participating in studies that are currently being undertaken at the Riddet Institute and new studies to be developed by the PhD candidate. The candidate will use different approaches (e.g. HPLC, mass spectrometry) to determine the levels of tryptophan and its metabolites across key tissues like the gastrointestinal tract, liver and brain.

Please go here for more information, including how to apply.

2Foods to stimulate the metabolism of the human commensal bacteria, Faecalibacterium prausnitzii

We are seeking an outstanding PhD candidate to test the hypothesis that specific food components stimulate Fp to produce metabolites that have beneficial effects on intestinal barrier integrity and immune tolerance.  This will involve cell culture studies and in vivo studies with mouse/rat models including measuring intestinal epithelial integrity and biomarkers of immune status like toll-like receptor activity at the molecular level.

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3. Dissecting the impacts of food structure on gastrointestinal microbial signalling networks to optimise nutrient uptake in humans

We are seeking an outstanding PhD candidate to apply the combined methodology of bacterial cultivation, isotope-labelling, metabolomics, and meta-transcriptomics to enhance our understanding of how food structures in the GIT tract impacts interactions between microbiota in a complex ecosystem.  This will involve developing isotopic-labelling systems for measuring microbiome metabolites and their impacts, and characterising the effects of food structures on biochemical mechanisms of the microbiome at the molecular level.

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4. Influence of foods that affect gut motility on brain function

We are seeking an outstanding PhD candidate to test the hypothesis that specific food components that alter gut motility or hypersensitivity also alter brain function. This will involve in vitro cell culture, ex-vivo and in vivo studies with mouse/rat models including measuring visceral hypersensitivity and gut transit.

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5. Foods and Gut-Brain Responses in Early Life

We are seeking an outstanding PhD candidate to test the hypothesis that specific food components that alter gut function also alter brain function. This will involve in vivo studies with piglet models including measuring gut-brain responses and changes in associated behaviors.

Please go here for more information, including how to apply.

6. Influence of foods that affect the gut microbiome and brain function

We seek a candidate with experience in general microbiology, rodent/piglet models, and microbiome analyses, including familiarity with high-throughput sequencing methods and bioinformatics.

Please go here for more information, including how to apply.