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Masoumeh Alinaghihossein

Ph.d.-studerende, Ph.d.-stipendiat

Masoumeh Alinaghihossein


PhD project: Metabolomics data fusion applied to study a peri-natal inflammation condition and preventive dietary strategies in a piglet model

University: Aarhus University
Department: Department of Food Science
Supervisor: Hanne C. Bertram, Professor
Co-supervisor: Johan Westerhuis, Assistant Professor, Biosystems Data Analysis group, Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences, University of Amsterdam
Project term: 01.12.16 – 30.11.19
Master’s degree: MSc in Analytical Chemistry, Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences



Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) and inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) are two gut inflammatory disorders that have excessive influence on life quality. NEC and IBD are influenced by diet and gut microbial community and they are both associated with systemic inflammation. Mother´s milk protects the developing gut from NEC and adverse reactions to bacteria and toxins, but there are many unknown factors and mechanisms involved. A better understanding of these could facilitate in the development of diets effective in the protection of the infant from these inflammatory diseases.



The aim of the present PhD project is to obtain a thoroughly mechanistic insight into NEC and IBD inflammation states and to elucidate preventive dietary strategies with bioactive milk components thorough the application of systems biology approaches using an animal model consisting of NEC‐sensitive preterm pigs.



In this project, metabolomics will serve as the fundamental tool. The metabolomics analyses will consist of both nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) to obtain a broad metabolite coverage.
In addition, the PhD project also aims to develop multivariate data analytical strategies to integrate epigenetic, proteomic and metabolomics data sets. Based on pathway analysis and interaction network analysis, the aim is to develop a generic multi-omics biological module concept that can identify regulatory functions involved in inflammation and the application of dietary preventive strategies.



  • This PhD project is part of the Stimmune project, funded by Arla Food for Health. -Copenhagen University (Prof. Per Sangild)
  • Arla Foods amba
  • Arla Food Ingredients Group

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