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PhD Studentship: Novel dietary protein formulations, skeletal muscle metabolism and performance - Sport and Health Sciences

University of Exeter - College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Exeter
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,777
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 11th October 2018
Closes: 31st October 2018
Reference: 3276

The University of Exeter’s College of Life and Environmental Sciences, in partnership with Marlow Foods, is inviting applications for 2 fully-funded PhD studentships to commence in January 2019. For eligible students the studentship will cover UK/EU tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £14,777 for 4 years full-time. The student would be based in Sport and Health Sciences in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences at the St Luke’s Campus in Exeter.

The mass production of animal proteins to support population dietary protein requirements carries a large economic and environmental cost. Consequently, there is growing scientific and commercial interest in investigating the efficacy of alternative dietary protein sources to support human nutrition. A key application of dietary protein is to support muscle anabolism. Aside from normal muscle mass maintenance, this of particular relevance to support muscle tissue reconditioning as a goal of exercise training. Healthy muscle protein metabolism is also associated with the maintenance and improvement of insulin sensitivity and metabolic health across various populations. The present work will address the utility of mycoprotein as an alternative source of dietary protein in these avenues of nutrition (i.e. sports nutrition and metabolic health). The project will be split into two studentships which will work closely together; 1) Using stable isotope methodologies to assess the effect of mycoprotein ingestion on muscle protein metabolism; and, 2) Applying hyperinsulinaemic euglycaemic clamp approaches to determine the impact of acute and chronic mycoprotein ingestion of insulin sensitivity. In your application please indicate whether you wish to be considered for one or both of these studentships. In the case of both, please indicate your preferred project (i.e. PhD 1, or PhD 2). In addition, there is the possibility of further PhD studentships which would also apply stable isotope approaches to investigate the metabolic and exercise performance effects of other novel dietary protein sources that you may be considered for.

This award provides annual funding to cover UK/EU tuition fees and a tax-free stipend. For students who pay UK/EU tuition fees the award will cover the tuition fees in full, plus at least £14,777 per year tax-free stipend. Students who pay international tuition fees are eligible to apply, but should note that the award will only provide payment for part of the international tuition fee and no stipend. The studentship is also subject to confirmation of funding.

The studentship will be awarded on the basis of merit for 4 years of full-time study to commence in January 2019. The collaboration with the named project partner is subject to contract. Please note full details of the project partner’s contribution and involvement with the project is still to be confirmed and may change during the course of contract negotiations. Full details will be confirmed at offer stage.

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