Silvia W Gratz
The Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen
Silvia Gratz is a Research Fellow in Gut Health at the Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen. After completing her MSc in Human Nutrition (2002, University of Vienna, Austria) and her PhD in Food Toxicology (2007, University of Kuopio, Finland), Silvia has joined the Rowett Institute as a Post-Doctoral Fellow and is now a Principal Investigator.
Her research interests involve the role of the gut microbiota and microbial metabolites derived from dietary components on intestinal health. Her team study the effect of diet composition on microbial carbohydrate and protein metabolites (butyrate, ammonia, nitrosamines) in human intervention studies. Another project assesses human exposure to food contaminants (mycotoxins) using urinary biomarkers and investigates the role of gut microbiota in the degradation and detoxification of mycotoxins.
Silvia also co-ordinates an MSc course (Foundations of Nutrition) and lectures on topics of Nutrition and Food Toxicology at the University of Aberdeen.
Silvia’s Recent activity
Diets high in protein and red meat might be problematic in terms of gut health, especially when carbohydrate intake is low