Project Title: Identifying the functional and nutritional qualities of differing canola and lentil genotypes
Institution: College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan
Start Date: January, 2019
Program of Study: Master’s degree (M.Sc.).
Project Description: The primary goal of this project is to investigate the relationship between genetic variation in lentil/canola crops and their nutritional and physiochemical characteristics. We use a multidisciplinary approach which includes techniques and methodologies from genetics, agriculture, nutrition, and food science to investigate these relationships. The prospective student will be responsible for running assays and other laboratory tests resulting in the generation of nutritional profiles and functional characteristics of canola and lentil crops. Assays to be conducted include protein/fat/fibre content, amino acid composition, mineral (iron, zinc, selenium) & vitamin content and anti-nutritive factor content/activity (trypsin inhibitor activity, tannin content, etc.). Samples will also be assessed for functional characteristics such as oil/water holding capacity, gelling, and foaming stability to identify potential product development applications.
The prospective student will be expected to analyze the data generated, prepare regular research reports, apply for relevant scholarships, publish their results in relevant journals, and present their results at national and international conferences.
Financial Support: The position is funded and the candidate is guaranteed a stipend during their graduate education and training, but will be expected to apply for internal and/or external scholarships.
Research Advisors: Carol Henry, Ph.D.; Matthew Nosworthy, Ph.D.
Candidate Profile: Individuals must hold an undergraduate degree. Students should have laboratory experience, with preference given to individuals with nutrition, agriculture, or food science backgrounds.
How to Apply: Potential candidates must submit electronically to Carol.Henry@usask.ca & Matthew.Nosworthy@usask.ca
- A letter explaining why you want to do research, and what are your career goals
- Your curriculum vitae (CV),
- A copy of your undergraduate transcripts
- Contact information for three individuals each willing to provide a reference for you
review will begin October 1st and continue until an appropriate candidate is