Scientist investigating links between diet and immune system receives 2023 ISAPP Early Career Researcher Prize

ISAPP is pleased to announce the winner of the 2023 Glenn Gibson Early Career Researcher Prize: Paul Gill, PhD, Research Fellow at University College London, UK.

Paul’s work investigates links between diet and the immune system – in particular, how short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) affect immunity in healthy individuals. His research found that fermented foods such as vinegar and kombucha are a rich source of SCFAs, and these may modulate immunity when consumed along with fermentable fibers. He plans to investigate the application of these findings in dietary treatment for inflammatory bowel disease.

Prior to his fellowship at University College London, Paul completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science and a PhD in the Department of Gastroenterology, both at Monash University in Australia.

Paul Gill was identified by the ISAPP prize committee as having made significant contributions in the biotics field at an early stage in his scientific career. The award is given annually to a researcher who is no more than five years past their terminal degree, with basic or clinical research in the fields of probiotics, prebiotics, synbiotics, postbiotics or fermented foods. Additional criteria include evidence of impact through citizenship, or outreach efforts through social media or other means. He will receive a cash prize and a speaking slot at the ISAPP annual meeting in June, 2023.