Dr Darren Weatherburn BSc, Ph.D

Postdoctoral Research Associate Functional and Comparative Genomics


    Personal Statement

    I’m a Research Associate in IIB working in the laboratory of Prof Soraya P Shirazi-Beechey on a project funded by the Swiss Animal Feed Additive and Favour Company, Pancosma and associates. My work investigates properties of taste perception and response to various agonists that can modify taste and thus feed intake.

    I’m a molecular biologist with research interest in how nutrients in our diet are sensed, transported and influences the health and disease of the gastrointestinal tract and whole organism.

    I completed my BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences at the University of Ulster and gained the professional competencies necessary to obtain HCPC registration as a Biomedical Scientist. At Belfast Health and Social Care Trust I rotated through clinical laboratories; biochemistry, haematology, immunology, microbiology, histopathology and cytology before taking a contract in histopathology (Great Western Hospital). Later, I was offered a BBSRC Case Studentship at the University of Liverpool, laboratory of Prof. Shirazi-Beechey to investigate the “role of FFAR2 and FFAR3 (short chain fatty acids receptors) in the gastrointestinal tract and their involvement in appetite control”.

    In recent years, I’ve applied research experience gained during my PhD in the laboratory of the CASE partner, Unilever’s R&D (Vlaardingen, Holland) to carry out research in the laboratory of Prof Soraya Shirazi-Beechey. The impact of this research has commercial application, developing existing products and investigating novel additives for animal feed.

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