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Obesity is a significant public health problem, yet some individuals are less susceptible to the development of obesity. High fat eating patterns are associated with overweight/obesity. Research conducted by the chief investigators has shown a reduced sensitivity to dietary fat (adaptation) which causes people to over consume fat resulting in development of overweight and obesity. We are conducting research aimed at determining how genetics and diet impact on fat taste perception as a factor determining eating behaviour, and as a predictor of obesity. We are using an especially powerful study design, employing twin pairs, discordant for fat taste to determine how dietary intake impacts on fat taste receptor expression, taste sensitivity, taste preferences and food intake. The aim of the PhD project will be to identify genetic mechanisms linking fatty acid taste response and obesity using targeted PCR assays as well as RNA-seq and microarrays to investigate regulation of fat taste receptor genes in tongue tissues.
The Scholarship is available with Deakin University’s Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN). C-PAN is a multi-disciplinary research centre recognised internationally for its expertise in physical activity and nutrition. The project is based at the CSIRO, Sydney. CSIRO is a powerhouse of ideas, technologies and skills for building prosperity, growth, health and sustainability. It serves governments, industries, business and communities across the nation. Find out more at www.csiro.au. CSIRO Animal, Food and Health Sciences division provides integrated research solutions for Australia’s animal and food industries, from livestock and sustainable food production to biosecurity and diagnosis of zoonotic diseases, food manufacturing, and the impact of food on health. Our whole of chain, multidisciplinary, and ‘one-health’ perspectives promote positive impacts for Australia’s consumers and customers.
The project is supervised by Associate Professor Russell Keast from Deakin University Melbourne, and Dr Conor Delahunty (Adelaide), Dr Garry Hannan and Dr Konsta Duessing from CSIRO, Sydney. The scholarship is linked with the “Identifying why some people consume excess dietary fat- A twin study” project, funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
The scholarship stipend rate is $24,653 per annum for 3 years.
Please read the terms and conditions (130 KB) of the award for more details.
To apply, please submit an online application.