EDESIA: potential supervisors EDESIA: potential supervisors

The EDESIA supervisory pool is composed of members of partner institutions across the Norwich Research Park, from senior investigators to early career researchers. Examples of supervisors within the EDESIA community are provided below and are listed according to partner institution. This list of researchers is not exhaustive and is expected to grow through the duration of the programme.

All students will be supported by an experienced mentor in their initial year to help with the selection of rotations and training. During their substantive PhD project, students will have a supervisory team with at least two academics, with the possibility of additional supervisors at the student’s request (e.g. for gender balance or additional expertise).

Primary supervisors will be expected to have significant research funding and a track record of research outputs. They will also have excellent records of supervision and training, including in Equality and Diversity. 

University of East Anglia (UEA) University of East Anglia (UEA)

Name Position Research area
Prof. Tracey Chapman Professor of Evolutionary Genetics Effects of diet, sexual selection and sexual conflict on lifespan and life history in model fruit fly systems
Prof. Ian M Clark Professor of Musculoskeletal Biology The role of diet-derived bioactives in cartilage homeostasis and osteoarthritis
Prof. Dylan Edwards Pro-Vice Chancellor for Medicine and Health Sciences Novel cancer therapies or chemopreventive agents, focussing on dietary phytonutrients
Prof. Andrew Fearne Professor of Value Chain Management Food supply chains and purchasing behaviour
Dr Jelena Gavrilovic Senior Lecturer in Cell Biology Human inflammatory conditions in ex vivo systems; mechanisms underpinning healthy and pathological tissue responses
Prof. Andrew Hart Professor of Gastroenterology, UEA; Honorary Consultant Gastroenterologist, NNUH Observational studies and randomised controlled trials in inflammatory bowel disease, and cancers of the pancreas and oesophagus
Dr Jacob Malone Project Leader, JIC; Senior Lecturer, UEA Plant microbe interactions, bacterial plant pathogenesis, rhizosphere microbiology, bacterial signal transduction
Prof. Anne Marie Minihane Professor of Nutrigenetics apoE genotype, n-3 fatty acids and cardio-metabolic and cognitive health
Prof. Maria O'Connell Professor of Cell Biology Investigating plant natural products as therapeutics and nutraceuticals in inflammation
Dr Zoe Waller Senior Lecturer in Chemical Biology Drug-DNA interactions and studying alternative DNA structures: switching DNA conformations and targeting DNA/RNA with ligands

John Innes Centre (JIC) John Innes Centre (JIC)

Name Position Research area
Dr Janneke Balk Project Leader Iron metabolism in plants and microbes, including iron biofortification of wheat to improve human nutrition
Prof. Claire Domoney Head of Department, Metabolic Biology Legume seed quality; genetics; germplasm diversity; crop relevant traits; protein, starch and micronutrients; nutritional effects
Dr Jacob Malone Project Leader, JIC; Senior Lecturer, UEA Plant microbe interactions, bacterial plant pathogenesis, rhizosphere microbiology, bacterial signal transduction
Prof. Cathie Martin FRS Project leader Specialised metabolism in plants, Chinese Traditional Medicine, nutritional analysis of plant-based foods, plant breeding, plant genomics
Prof. Anthony Maxwell Project Leader, Dept Biological Chemistry Galleria mellonella as a model to study the impact of antibiotics and microbiota therapies on the human gut microbiome
Prof. Tony Miller Senior Scientist, Metabolic Biology Department Plant nutrition and biofortification; rhizosphere nutrient cycling; plant nitrogen physiology; membrane transporter proteins
Prof. Anne Osbourn FRS Project leader, JIC; Director, NRP Industrial Biotechnology Alliance Plant natural products – biosynthesis, function, mechanisms of metabolic diversification, and metabolic engineering
Dr David Seung Project Leader Investigating molecular mechanisms of starch synthesis in plants and their applications in crop improvement
Prof. Cristobal Uauy Project Leader Wheat genetics and genomics to enhance protein and micronutrient content in the grain

Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB) Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB)

Name Position Research area
Dr Cathrina Edwards Career Track Research Leader Manipulating plant food structure to optimise the bioaccessibility of starch and other nutrients in pulses
Prof. Nathalie Juge Research Leader Role of host and dietary glycans in the interaction between gut microbes and the host
Dr Lindsay Hall Microbiome Research Leader, QIB; Wellcome Trust Investigator Early life microbiota and influence of diet
Dr Tamas Korcsmaros Fellow, EI and Research Leader,QIB Signalling networks: interactions with microbes and regulation of autophagy; precision medicine data and generation of personalised networks
Dr Paul Kroon Research Leader Interaction of dietary polyphenols with the gut microbiota and host and benefits to cardiometabolic health
Dr Stephen Robinson Research Leader Gut Microbes and Health; specifically related to vascular health and cancer
Dr Maria Traka Deputy Head of Food Databanks National Capability; Research Leader Food composition, dietary assessment and metabolic monitoring, effect of food on metabolism, disease prevention, clinical
studies
Dr Frederick Warren Career Track Research Leader Structural analysis and digestion of fermentable carbohydrates
Prof. Peter Wilde Research Leader Physico-chemical mechanisms controlling the breakdown and digestion of food structures and impact on health

Earlham Institute (EI) Earlham Institute (EI)

Name Position Research area
Prof. Federica Di Palma Director of Science, EI; Visiting Scientist, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard Evolutionary, comparative and functional genomics; study of complex biological systems in plants and animals and environmental interactions
Dr Wilfried Haerty Group leader Comparative genomics, impact of variation within functional non coding sequences,gene regulation evolution, splicing
Dr Tamas Korcsmaros Fellow, EI and Research Leader,QIB Signalling networks: interactions with microbes and regulation of autophagy; precision medicine data and generation of personalised networks
Dr Richard Leggett Group Leader Computational tools and algorithm development, bioinformatics, metagenomic analysis and assembly, nanopore and infield sequencing