The role of genetics in the regulation of metabolism and cardiometabolic diseases and cancer


Contact Dr Michael Zulyniak to discuss this project further informally.

Project description

Globally, cancer and cardiometabolic diseases are the leading cause of death. These diseases are linked to a person’s age, genetics, and lifestyle habits, such as diet and exercise. Evidence suggests that a large majority of cases could be prevented if a healthier lifestyle were followed. However, finding the link between lifestyle and disease is complex and influenced by our genes. Excitingly, important links between our genes and how we metabolise food have been uncovered that allow us to re-examine the shared role of genetics and diet on the development of diseases. In this research group, we examine (i) how genes effect metabolism and risk of diseases; and (ii) if diets can modify this risk .

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with or expecting a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1), and/or a Master's degree in a relevant science subject such as (but not limited to) food science, nutrition, molecular biology, and genomics.

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University's minimum English Language requirements.

How to apply

Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the university's website. Please state clearly in the research information section that the PhD you wish to be considered for is 'The role of genetics in the regulation of metabolism and cardiometabolic diseases and cancer' as well as Dr Michael Zulyniak as your proposed supervisor.
We welcome scholarship applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.

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