Ruixian Han 
Food Science and Nutrition PhD

Ruixian Han

Ruixian completed his Bachelor’s and Masters degrees in the School of Food Science and Nutrition at Leeds. His research looks at bioactive peptides and their potential physiological benefits.

Why did you choose to undertake a PhD at the University of Leeds?

There is no doubt that the University of Leeds has a strong research culture, with open-minded research staff and impeccable facilities. In addition, I am really interested in Food Science and Nutrition, especially food biochemistry. 

Tell us about your research

My research project is to analyse the potential physiological benefits of bioactive peptides, such as antihypertensive and antidiabetic effects.

Numerous researchers have proved that consuming synthetic drugs at high levels has potential side effects. Natural bioactive peptides, without side effects, have become a new alternative for preventing or managing some non-communicable diseases, such as hypertension and cardiovascular diseases.

What is your favourite part of doing your research at Leeds?

Most of the experimental instruments in the labs are advanced, so I can keep in touch with cutting-edge technology. Moreover, I can always gain new ideas and skills when sharing my findings with research students and staff

What are your ambitions for the future?

I want to be a senior technician in the food industry who is mainly responsible for functional food and new product development

What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?

Leeds is a metropolitan area, comprising shopping malls, gyms, a football team, bars, churches and so on. So this city is not only suitable for studying, but also for living and traveling.

How have you found the support from staff members to be?

The most efficient approach is having a ‘face to face’ talk. Staff in my School are open-minded, patient and enthusiastic.

What would you say to those considering a PhD at Leeds?

I would encourage anyone who wants to apply for a research degree in Food Science and Nutrition to consider the University of Leeds, for the friendly staff and fantastic research environment. Plus, my school is ranked 1st in the Guardian 2017 league tables.

What experiences at Leeds do you think will help you in your future career?

Group work has improved my ability to work in a team, my communication skills and leadership capabilities. Designing new food products when I was an undergraduate student improved my ability to be innovative.