Barbora Nemeckova

Postgraduate Student

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Health benefits of dietary polyphenols

I am a BBSRC funded NRPDTP CASE PhD student in the Kroon Group as part of the Food Innovation and Health research area. My project focuses on the modulation of the gut microbiota with probiotics and bioactive compounds to reduce production of gut metabolite trimethylamine (TMA). I will undertake an industrial placement with my CASE partner ADM Protexin.

In 2018 I graduated from Physiology, Sport Science and Nutrition, gaining a First Class Honours Degree at the University of Glasgow, working on the health effects of plant polyphenols and dietary fibre. My undergraduate thesis was shortlisted to stage 2 of the Global Undergraduate Awards. Following this, I undertook a Research Technician position at the University of Exeter, investigating the impact of protein and polyphenol ingestion on muscle metabolism. I am interested in the impact of the gut microbiota on human health and I am particularly passionate about breaching the gap between academia and the public with effective science communication.