The impact of a higher protein diet on metabolism and gut microbiota: a 12-week study in individuals with excessive body weight (The PREMIUM Study).

Grad Student Position Details

Project Title
The impact of a higher protein diet on metabolism and gut microbiota: a 12-week study in individuals with excessive body weight (The PREMIUM Study).

Degree Required
PhD

Supervisor
Co-supervised by Drs. Carla Prado and Jens Walter

Professorial Rank
Associate Professor, Professor

Department
Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science

Project Start Date
05/04/2020

Project Description:

The PREMIUM study team is seeking a PhD student with excellent leadership and coordination skills to perform a research program at the interface of nutrition and microbiome science. The student will be responsible to manage a human clinical trial that investigates the impact of a 12-week higher protein diet on inflammatory, metabolic, and hormonal markers of obesity-associated conditions and correlates this response to compositional shifts within the gut microbiota. Moreover, resting energy expenditure, body composition, appetite sensations and soy metabolomics are explored. Website: https://premium.ualberta.ca/

The ideal candidate must have undergraduate training and graduate-level research experience in human nutrition, human physiology and experience working with human clinical trials. Please do not apply if this criteria is not met. Although this study is a collaborative project, the ability of the candidate to work independently is essential. The PhD student will have to coordinate all aspects of the PREMIUM study including recruitment, data collection, analysis and publication of the results. He/she will additionally be responsible to orchestrate the collaboration with the post-doc responsible for the microbiome sequencing. Strong verbal and written English skills are essential. Experience and wiliness to interact with research participants, collecting blood, processing biological material (e.g. blood, urine and feces) and assessing body composition are required.

Keywords
Human nutrition, metabolism, physiology, body composition, clinical trials.

Contact Email
camila@ualberta.ca