Nutrition and Health

Nutrition and Health


Basic, policy and industry informed research on the impact of human nutrition on cells, tissues, whole body and population health.

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At a Glance

Degree Qualification
MSc or PhD

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The Rowett Institute at the University of Aberdeen conducts world class research on the relationship between diet & health, playing a major role in the UK research capability in nutrition and human health and through the years has also made a significant impact on animal health and nutrition.

Among the many strengths of the Rowett Institute are its state of the art facilities including a human nutrition unit, core facilities for metabolite, DNA and protein analysis and suites of modern purpose designed research laboratories.

Genuine interdisciplinarity is at the heart of Rowett Institute ethos.

We welcome applications from self-funded students at any time.

Our Research

The four primary research areas respond to, and engage in, research to develop environmentally and economically sustainable approaches to food production, dietary design and formulation.

Research Interests

Gut Health

Defining the role of the gut to help improve understanding of the link between diet and health.

Theme Lead: Dr Wendy Russell

Metabolic Health

Investigation how diet influences health and the ageing process.

Theme Lead: Dr Frank Thies

Life-course and Population Health

Exploring the links between diet and physiology which drive dietary behaviours.

Theme Lead: Professor Paul Haggarty

Entry Requirements

Typically but not always depending on other experience, CHERI PhD candidates would have an Honours degree in medicine, psychology, sociology, health services research, education or similar, and a taught Masters in a topic such as research methods. However, if your background is different to this, please contact us to discuss your ideas and what you can contribute to CHERI.

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PhD Perspective

Fiona Mclean's PhD is funded by EastBio BBSRC and is investigating how unhealthy diets can impact on our cognition.

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Research Impact

Marks & Spencer (M&S) plc developed the Fuller Longer food range with expert input from University of Aberdeen scientists, led by Dr Alex Johnstone.

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Postgraduate Research School - The School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition
University of Aberdeen
Crombie Hall
AB24 3TS