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Explore the current list of masters and doctoral research projects on offer and their supervisors.

Current research projects

Research projects related to perinatal science are available at masters and doctoral level across all four of the Liggins Institute’s major research themes. Browse the table below to view all current projects on offer.

Project Type Supervisor
Effect of prophylactic dextrose gel on the infant gut microbiome MSc Dr Tommi Vatanen
Volatilomic biomarker profiling of plasma and urine from patients with heart failure MSc Dr Elizabeth McKenzie
Visual and brain development in children with early risk factors PhD Distinguished Prof Jane Harding
Undergraduate students’ awareness and understanding of life course opportunities for noncommunicable disease risk reduction MSc Dr Jacquie Bay
Identifying outcomes to predict indigenous child health in New Zealand MSc Associate Prof Katie Groom
MRI Assessment of Brain Development in At Risk Newborn Babies PhD Distinguished Prof Jane Harding
Do fungi hold the key to healthy fatty-acid metabolism? Insights from MALDI-ToF-MS analysis of human gut fungi and their metabolites MSc Dr Elizabeth McKenzie
The role of pregnancy complications on the developmental programming of cardio-metabolic disease in offspring PhD, MSc Professor Mark Vickers
Preserving beta cell mass through branch chain amino acid supplementation PhD, MSc Professor Frank Bloomfield
Relating glucose levels in newborn babies to later developmental outcomes PhD, MSc Distinguished Prof Jane Harding
Childhood Outcome After Neonatal Hypoglycaemia PhD Distinguished Prof Jane Harding
Childhood outcomes after trials of new treatments before and around the time of birth PhD, MSc Distinguished Prof Jane Harding
Effect of Early Protein Intake on Later Growth and Development of Children Born Very Preterm PhD Distinguished Prof Jane Harding
Development of children born at risk of neonatal hypoglycaemia and given oral dextrose gel: Follow-up at 2 years of age of children in the hPOD randomised controlled trial PhD Distinguished Prof Jane Harding

If you're not sure which project suits you, you can also contact the Liggins Institute Academic Director at who will help you find a supervisor and guide you through the application process.