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Project title: Milk variations and their effect on in vitro gastrointestinal digestion

Overview: Conor is a Walsh Scholar who is investigating the effect of milk variations on gastrointestinal digestion in vitro. He is interested in studying the fate of milk components during digestion using state-of-the-art digestion methods. He aims to analyse milks with (i) varied lipid composition, which is influenced by feeding strategy, and (ii) varied protein composition, which is determined by bovine genetics; and how these changes alter biochemical breakdown, gastric restructuring, rate of digestion, microstructure and bio-accessibility of nutrients throughout the gastrointestinal tract.

Conor’s PhD is a joint research project between Teagasc Food Research Centre Moorepark, and University College Cork, and is funded by the Vistamilk SFI Research Centre. Conor has recently graduated from Biomedical Science in NUI Galway, where he majored in physiology. He has previously investigated methods of managing post prandial blood glucose levels, and is currently gaining experience in dairy chemisty and in-vitro gastrointestinal digestion.

Conor comes from a Limousin suckler farm in Co.Limerick, and enjoys playing rugby. He also works as part of the IRFU youth council, where he has been a council member for four years.

Main research topics include:

  • Milk
  • ProteinProfile
  • Lipid Profile
  • INFOGEST Method
  • Feeding Strategies
  • Genetics

Programme Area: Food Chemistry & Technology Department

Supervisors: Dr André Brodkorb, Dr Seamus O’Mahony

Location: Teagasc, Moorepark, Fermoy

Funding Source: VistaMilk Research Centre, SFI