The Quadram Institute is working at the interfaces between food science, gut biology and the microbiome, human health and disease, capitalising on the world-class bioscience cluster based at the Norwich Research Park.
The Quadram Institute is a partnership with the University of East Anglia and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. As well as state-of-the-art laboratories for carrying out research, the building is home to new gastrointestinal endoscopy unit for carrying out investigations and treatments of the digestive system using endoscopy. The new centre will carry out at least 40,000 procedures each year, making it one of the largest in Europe. A Clinical Research Facility allows us to carry out research studies involving patients and healthy volunteers to explore how food and nutrition affects health and disease.
Our research programme covers these main areas, where we are looking to answer major fundamental questions:
- Food Innovation and Health – How can we improve the quality of food to help to keep us healthy throughout our life
- Gut Microbes and Health – What is a healthy gut, and how does the community of trillions of microbes known as the microbiome contribute to this?
- Microbes in the food chain – How can we reduce microbial pathogens in the food chain, and prevent the emergence of antimicrobial resistance?
- Food, microbes and public health – How do we translate our research on food, gut microbes and human biology to enhance the overall health of the population, throughout life.
The Quadram institute has capacity for around 400 people, including around 100 clinical staff. We host visiting scientists and students from around the world, who visit for collaborative research and training.
Our science is highly interdisciplinary, including biologists, chemists and physicists, mathematicians, computational biologists and medical researchers. Clinicians and nursing staff, employed by the NHS, run the endoscopy unit. In addition, we call on the skills of support staff in HR, administration, IT, finance, estates, contracts and more.
We offer 3 and 4 year research PhD studentships, many of which include opportunities to work with industrial partners, clinicians as well as the other world-leading institutes on the Norwich Research Park.
We host students for work experience on an ad-hoc basis, dependent on finding a suitable research leader who is able to host them. If you are interested in work experience at the Quadram Institute, please email us for further details and availability. We also contribute to a Norwich Research Park Science Camp for Year 10 students interested in finding out more about careers in science.
For further details about the Institute of Food Research and the opportunities we have to offer, take a look at our website and follow us on icanbea!