Genetics regulation of metabolism and breast cancer risk


Contact Dr. Michael Zulyniak to discuss this project further informally.

Project description

Globally, breast cancer is the most common cancer and the leading cause of death in women. Risk of breast cancer is linked to a person’s age, genetics, and lifestyle habits, such as diet and exercise. Previous evidence suggests that 33% of breast cancer cases could be prevented if a healthier lifestyle was followed. However, finding the link between lifestyle and breast cancer is complex and influenced by each person's genetics.

Excitingly, important links between our genes and how we metabolise food have recently been uncovered that allow us to re-examine the shared role of genetics and diet on risk of breast cancer. In this study, we will examine specific genes that regulate metabolism.

By examining these genes in a large population, along with dietary information, we will learn:

(1) if the genetics of metabolism are linked with breast cancer and

(2) if certain diets can reduce our risk of breast cancer. The results of this study will provide solid evidence on whether certain foods affect the risk of breast cancer and if certain diets in adulthood can counteract 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.

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 ‘Genetics regulation of metabolism and breast cancer risk’ as well as Dr. Michael Zulyniak as your proposed supervisor.

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

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.