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A woman with short grey hair smiling, sat inside the Quadram Institute Clinical Research Facility

17th May 2024

“I thoroughly enjoyed it”; A participant’s perspective of research

“I first heard about research at the Quadram Institute while working as a receptionist at a doctor’s surgery. Two researchers from the Quadram Institute came to talk about the MOTION study investigating gut microbes and the role they may play in healthy ageing. There...

Dipali Singh smiling on a balcony within the Quadram Institute buildingm windows into the labs in the background

10th May 2024

Mathematically modelling the prostate cancer microbiome; Dr Dipali Singh’s fellowship

“In human health, organs have their microbiomes. The gut microbiome is the most well-known but there are lots of other microbiomes in the human body too. I’m particularly interested in the microbiome of the prostate and how microbiomes are associated with prostate cancer. My...

A hand holds a crisp diving into guacemole

26th April 2024

Nutrition experts tips for healthy snacks

The Quadram Institute’s Dr Maria Traka and Dr Laura Bardon from the Food & Nutrition NBRI and Professor Pete Wilde have suggested some alternative snacks that are less energy-dense, lower in unhealthy types of carbohydrates, or higher in fibre, or provide sources of vitamins,...

Dave Baker working in the lab

19th April 2024

How a Norwich Research Park career put Dave Baker at the centre of Covid-19 sequencing

Pioneering a low cost method for Covid-19 DNA sequencing “When the covid pandemic started in early 2020, the COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium (known as COG-UK) approached us to be one of the academic partners of the consortium. The government invested about £20 million into...

Edinburgh skyline

5th April 2024

Quadram Institute goes to Microbiology Society annual conference 2024

The Microbiology Society Annual Conference is an international conference that brings together microbiologists to discuss their latest findings. A group of our researchers are attending the conference in Edinburgh in 2024, to share their latest research into understanding how food and microbes affect our...

A photo of someone holding a medical model of a skeleton and gut in one hand, and in the other a model of a brain, against their torso.

22nd March 2024

How do processed foods affect the gut-brain axis?

There has been a lot of discussion around processed foods and their effects on our health. Processed foods can include those high in sugar, salt, and saturated fat such as ready meals, fast-foods, sausages, biscuits, and cakes. But processed foods can also include foods...


15th March 2024

Pseudomonas on food; what is it and does it matter?

Pseudomonas is a bacterium involved in food spoilage, plant disease and opportunistic infections in humans. It is one the most common bacteria found on food, but it is unknown if the Pseudomonas on food pose a health threat. We set out to explore if...

William operating a machine in the lab

8th March 2024

A PhD in food innovation; Introducing William Baidoo

“My interest in science developed during my junior high school years in Ghana. I was initially drawn to drug design with the ambitious aspiration of creating “magical tablets” that could cure any disease and improve people’s health. As I grew up I realised there...

Maria outside the entrance for the Academy of Medical Sciences

23rd February 2024

A placement in policy; Maria’s experience at the Academy of Medical Sciences

Maria Solsona Gaya is an iCASE PhD student working on antimicrobial resistance. She spent the last three months of 2023 on an MRC funded policy internship at the Academy of Medical Sciences. “I didn’t really know what science policy was before I did this...

PhD student Rispah holding dried peas in the lab

9th February 2024

The potential of peas; a PhD in plant-based nutrition

“Given the increasing importance of sustainable and nutritious protein sources, legumes like peas are gaining prominence, particularly in plant-based diets. The dry seeds of various legumes such as beans, peas, chickpeas, and lentils are referred to as pulses. Pulse crops are highly nutritious, affordable,...


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