Professor Todor Vasiljevic
Value in 2020
$30,000 per annum
International and Domestic applicants
Approximately 25-30% of cow’s milk protein is ß-casein, which appears as several types, the most common being the A1- and A2 variants. Approximately 15% of the dairy herd in Ireland possess the genotype to produce the A1 milk variant, consumption of which has been linked to cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and neurological conditions in humans; however, the science supporting these links to date is still limited.
This 4-year study takes a two-pronged approach to understanding the importance of the ß-casein genotype to Ireland's breeding programme and dairy products produced.
Firstly, the A1/A2 ß-casein national genotype frequency will be established using genotype data captured from the national herd.
The second aspect of this project is to determine the impact of the A2 genotype on quality of milk and derived dairy products. Such products will include Cheddar cheese and skimmed milk powder for infant milk formulation and yoghurt. Technological and physical functionality as well in vitro physiological potential, using the INFOGEST protocol, of these products will consequently be established
Required disciplinary background
Food Science, Nutrition, Agriculture or a related discipline.
Scholarship holder will spend up to 9 months of the first year of the PhD in Melbourne and the remaining time in Ireland.
Guide for applicants