Maastricht University campus Venlo focuses on food, nutrition and health. The first life sciences research program that started was the Centre for Health Eating & Food Innovation (HEFI).
HEFI investigates the effects of healthy foods, builds up knowledge about the health effects of food and the development of new nutritional products. The human intervention research in this centre takes place in the research line Food Innovation and Health. This group studies the effects of food innovations on the prevention and treatment of metabolic diseases and related symptoms.
The research line Food Innovation and Health is strongly embedded in the region. As a partner of the Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo, part of the research is constructed with governmental bodies and relevant companies, in a triple helix structure. The PhD candidate will work on the following project.
Food and Vitality
Food is a key regulator of human health. Specific food products and its ingredients, such as fruit and more specifically dietary polyphenols, are involved in maintaining metabolic health, and optimising vitality over the life span. In this research project, we will assess the capacity of targeted food interventions to enhance skeletal muscle function and improve metabolic health in human participants. To this end, a series of human in vivo intervention studies will be conducted, and in vitro research will be performed to elucidate the underlying mechanisms using dedicated cell lines and standard cell and molecular biology techniques.
The work in this project includes, but is not limited to, setting up and running human intervention studies, performing in vitro studies, analyzing biomarkers in biological specimen, performing statistical analyses on study outcome parameters, producing scientific manuscripts and submitting these for publication in international peer reviewed scientific journals, and academic teaching at Maastricht University Campus Venlo (approximately 0.1 fte).
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