PhD in Pig Gut Health and Welfare

Title: Prebiotic Improvement of Pig Gut Health and Welfare

In collaboration with industry partner AB Vista they have a 4-year fulltime BBSRC iCASE award available for PhD studies in the School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham (UoN), into the development of the microbiome in piglets provided with prebiotic supplemented feed.

The use of dietary fibre to aid in the management of gut health is currently at the forefront of research in nutrition due to advances in molecular techniques allowing unprecedented information on fibre functionality, including prebiotic effects. Several prebiotic fibres are now available as commercial products for animal use including: arabinoxylo-oligosaccharides (AXOS), xylo-oligosaccharides (XOS) and galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS).

The successful applicant will join an established team led by Prof Ian Connerton in the School of Biosciences that study multiple aspects of mammalian and avian gut health in relation to novel prebiotic feeds. The wider team include expertise in molecular techniques provided by Dr Ken Mellits at UoN and animal production provided in collaboration with Dr Steve Mansbridge at Harper Adams University. Studies on piglets will include assessments of the developing gut architecture, gene expression/transcriptomics and analysis of the gut microbiome.

Salary: Fully funded for four years and includes fees (£4500 p.a.) plus an annual stipend (£15,609 p.a.)

Closing date: 04/05/2021

Further information can be found here.