Project Title: Assessing the impact of milk associated proteins on tissue-metabolome
Organs do not function alone, but rather communicate with one another to sustain life. Sarah is looking at the effect of dairy protein is having on the metabolic activity in organs, investigating possible effects dairy ingredients are having on this organ-to-organ communication within the body. This is by determining the mechanisms for the dairy effects on tissue nutrient-metabolism using various metabolomic platforms and gene expression analyses. It is anticipated that this work will help to develop novel dairy ingredients that can improve organ functions, their communication and thereby reduce diet-related diseases such as obesity. Sarah is experienced in gene expression analysis, including the use of qPCR and is gaining experience in metabolomics.
Sarah is from Cavan with an interest in her home dairy farm and the dairy industry, and also in overall health, particularly nutrition. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, running and Gaelic football.
Programme Area: Food Bioscience Department
Supervisors: Dr. Kanishka Nilaweera and Prof. Lorraine Brennan
Location: Moorepark, Teagasc Food Research Centre
Funding Source: Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and the Department of Agriculture Food, the Marine (DAFM) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)