Epigenetics, Food and Health

There is great demand for systematic research on lifelong plasticity of the epigenome in response to dietary exposure under varying conditions since there is increasing evidence that epigenetic mechanisms mediate the development of chronic diseases.

Epigenetic changes may be mediated by three distinct but closely interacting mechanisms, DNA methylation, histone modifications and non-coding microRNAs (miRNA)s, which together are responsible for regulating gene expression not only during cellular differentiation in embryonic and foetal development but also throughout the life-course.

Based in the School of Food Science and Nutrition you will interact with other researchers in the School and the University, to help develop a unique programme of research and teaching in food and health by writing  and contributing to multidisciplinary grant applications (large and small). You will also be expected to contribute to the School’s ambition to excel in REF2020, with a sustained record of internationally excellent publications and the potential of the impact of your research.

There is also an expectation for you to participate strongly in the development and delivery of relevant educational material/programmes at undergraduate, Masters and PhD level.

You will have a PhD and significant proven research experience in the field of epigenetics with an interest in food and health, the ability to engage in multi-disciplinary research, the ability to engage in student education at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate level, as well as a clear and compelling vision for personal academic development.

University Grade 8 (£38,511 to £45,954)

For informal enquiries about the role please contact Professor Mike Morgan, Head of the School of Food Science and Nutrition, tel: +44 (0)113 343 2959, email: M.Morgan@leeds.ac.uk.

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