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Cambridge Biosciences DTP PhD Programme


Babraham Institute

Research theme: Bioscience for ain integrated understanding of health


I was born in Hungary, but I studied for my A levels in the UK and I did my bachelor's degree in Animal Science at the University of Nottingham. Before I have decided to go for a PhD in Biological Science at the University of Cambridge, I was a research assistant at the Babraham Institute. The experience of working in the lab amongst brilliant scientists around Cambridge has helped to solidify my desire to pursue a career in biological research.


Project Title:

Elucidating the effects of dietary change on ageing in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Project Summary:

Dietary restriction is a well-established method in increasing the lifespan of a wide range of organisms. However, a longer lifespan often comes at a cost of declining health due to ageing. Previous work conducted on Saccharomyces cerevisiae (baker’s yeast) showed that simple diet change to different carbon sources, rather than just dietary restriction alone, can have a positive effect on ageing health. The underlying molecular and genetic mechanisms of these dietary effects are not well known. During my work, by examining different markers of ageing and gene expression changes in the yeast, some of these mechanisms have unrevealed themselves.

Teaching and Supervisions

Research supervision: 

Dr Jon Houseley

Staff Photo

Dorottya Horkai

Job Titles

PhD Student