PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy
University of Leeds
At the University of Leeds, we are recognised as world-leaders in food colloids and diet and health. We apply fundamental scientific principles to address issues of food quality, safety and sustainability, diet quality and consumer behaviour, from food production to the consumer’s plate.
Our research is supported by dedicated and experienced technical staff and first-class facilities, which allows us to scientifically develop new processes and products and analyse the quality and composition of foods from the macro- to the nanoscale.
Our doctoral graduates have secured positions with organisations including, among others: Principle Healthcare Ltd, the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Campden BRI, and the University of Hong Kong.
Broadly, our research activity is conducted in across the following areas:
- Digestion and delivery
We are using cutting-edge approaches to understand how the different structures of the food we eat can alter nutrient release during digestion, and how the timing and specific compounds can influence health.
- Food colloids and soft matter interfaces
Our research focuses on understanding the physical chemistry of complex food systems and the macromolecules that structure food.
- Food safety, food security and global health
Safe and nutritious food is a fundamental requirement for human life. Our research addresses crucial challenges to food safety, food security and global health.
- Functional biopolymers for food and health
These materials play many roles in foods, and the clarification of the relationship between their structural aspects and their biological functions, is one of the major drivers of our research.
- Human nutrition and lifestyle interventions
We design, develop and evaluate interventions aimed at improving health for individuals and populations, or assess the impact of health policy and practice at population level in the UK and internationally.
- Novel food design and processing
Our research in the field of novel functional foods focuses on determining the role of specific food components in reducing risk factors for disease.
- Nutritional epidemiology
Our research has a life course focus, with studies on diet in pregnancy, childhood, adolescents and the elderly. One emphasis is exploration of the relationship of diet to chronic disease development.
- Obesity, cancer and metabolic disease
Our research focuses on the relationship between the food we eat and the risk of obesity and chronic diseases such as non-alcoholic fatty liver, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
- Simulation and theoretical modelling of food systems
Our modelling research covers theoretical and simulation methods spanning a uniquely broad and diverse range of topics within food science.
- United States
- Antigua & Barbuda
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Burkina Faso
- Cabo Verde
- Central African Republic
- Congo (Democratic Republic)
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- Dominican Republic
- East Timor
- El Salvador
- Equatorial Guinea
- Hong Kong
- Ivory Coast
- Korea DPR (North Korea)
- Marshall Islands
- New Zealand
- Northern Ireland
- Palestinian Authority
- Papua New Guinea
- Puerto Rico
- Republic of Ireland
- San Marino
- Sao Tome and Principe
- Saudi Arabia
- Sierra Leone
- Solomon Islands
- South Africa
- South Korea
- South Sudan
- Sri Lanka
- St Vincent
- St. Kitts & Nevis
- St. Lucia
- Trinidad & Tobago
- United Kingdom
- Vatican City
- Western Samoa
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