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Well done to PhD student Stephanie May


We're pleased to say that one of our PhD students, Stephanie May, has recently handed in her PhD thesis. She was funded by the Jane Hodge Foundation and her study was about how diet and lifestyle choices play a significant role in altering a person’s risk of developing cancer.

Stephanie investigated the dietary polyphenols (a type of chemical) found in berry fruits and curcumin, the active compound of turmeric, in relation to bowel cancer. She discovered these dietary components change the behaviour of the stem cells (which are responsible for maintaining a healthy bowel, damage to these cells cause cancer) by reducing their activity.

This PhD helps to improve our understanding of diet and health to provide accurate public advice on bowel cancer prevention.

Steph has now received further funding to investigate these effects even more.

If you'd like to know more about our PhD students, their studies and what our Research Team do, visit our Research pages