Background. To mount an immune response, host organisms must first recognize the pathogen with which they are infected. The first line of defense against pathogen infection in animals is provided through the innate immune response.
Dr A Psifidi, Prof F Tomley, Dr D Blake, Dr O Gundogdu
10 February 2019
Pathogenic microbes limit economic production of poultry, compromise animal welfare and pose a risk to human health. Vaccines are available for some pathogens but are expensive, with limited availability in many countries.
This is an exciting PhD opportunity working with the University of Reading. It will focus on applying advanced sequencing technologies and population genomics to understand a globally challenging plant pathogen that currently threatens worldwide horticulture.
Global change is predicted to result in both rapidly changing environments and dramatic changes in disease outbreaks. Key to predicting winners and losers under the nexus of infection and global change is any mismatch between hosts and pathogens in their thermal tolerances and adaptive potential.