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  Kinesin-mediated transport of Marek’s disease virus
  Prof A Straube, Prof V Nair, Dr M Fife
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Marek's disease is a fatal, highly contagious, neoplastic disease affecting chickens. It is caused by an alphaherpesvirus called Gallid herpesvirus-2 or Marek's Disease Virus (MDV).
  Unravelling the dynamics of lipid bilayers and membrane proteins and their reaction to toxins and viral infection on the single molecule level using label-free microscopy.
  Prof W W Langbein, Prof P Borri, Dr MY Young, Dr O Castell
Application Deadline: 5 June 2020

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Approximately 30% of the proteins in a cell are membrane proteins, which represent more than 60% of all known drug targets and play a critical role in both infection and immunity.
  Developing microRNA treatments for high impact viral infections with limited anti-virals
  Research Group: Molecular Mechanisms and Long Term Conditions
  Dr C Crossan, Prof L Scobie, Dr J Butcher
Applications accepted all year round

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Reference. SHLS20039. Lower respiratory tract infections and diarrhoeal infections are the 2 most common causes of death in low income countries and the 4th and 9th most common causes of death globally, with viral infections making up a significant proportion of these.
  Non-viral gene therapy to prevent cartilage degeneration in Osteoarthritis
  Dr C Curtain, Dr O Kennedy, Dr F O'Brien
Applications accepted all year round

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Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of joint disease, affecting one in five people in the EU and results in activity limitations for approximately one in ten.
  Regulation of host cell DNA damage response pathways by adenovirus
  Dr A S Turnell, Dr C McCabe
Applications accepted all year round

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Human adenoviruses are small non-enveloped viruses with a linear, double-stranded DNA genome. Adenovirus has long served as a faithful model for dissecting the molecular basis of key cellular signalling pathways that regulate fundamental biological processes such as cell growth, cell differentiation and cell death.
  Mathematical Virology: A New Mathematical Approach to Viral Evolution Grounded in Experiment
  Research Group: Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology
  Prof P G Stockley
Applications accepted all year round

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Mathematical modelling of natural phenomena has the potential to be predictive but requires direct verification by experiment. Such models can then be very powerful indicators of our understanding and they permit in silico simulations of situations that are difficult to test experimentally.
  Precision Medicine DTP: Inhibition of Zika Virus by Interferon A14 and derivatives
  Dr R Sloan, Prof K Ball
Application Deadline: 1 June 2020

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Type I interferons can be produced by most cells in the body upon virus infection and are central to innate immune control and subsequent elimination of virus infection.
  Defining a novel assembly pathway in ssRNA viruses using X-ray footprinting.
  Prof P G Stockley
Applications accepted all year round

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Project co-supervised by Prof. Peter Stockley at Leeds and Prof. Reidun Twarock at University of York, as part of the White Rose network "Structural and Mechanistic Biology at the RNA/Ligand Interface".
  Discerning the mechanisms of cell membrane budding by coronavirus non structured proteins nsp3, nsp4 and nsp6
  Dr D Köster, Dr A Dixon
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Coronaviruses are positive strand- non-segmented RNA viruses, infect a wide range of hosts including mammalian species and have recently caused the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), the Middle-East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and the current SARS CoV-2 (Covid-19) pandemic.
  Viral re-wiring of cyanobacterial photosynthesis
  Prof D J Scanlan, Dr A Millard, Dr R Puxty
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Oxygenic photosynthesis is a fundamental biological activity. As well as oxygenating the atmosphere, it is also the basis of all food chains and global carbon cycling via the direct fixation of carbon dioxide (CO2) into organic matter.
  Therapeutic models for Spinal muscular atrophy
  Prof R Yáñez-Muñoz
Applications accepted all year round

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Our laboratory works on Gene Therapy in the Central Nervous System and Gene Repair, using novel viral vectors, gene targeting and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) as core technologies.
  Developing optogenetic therapies for retinal degeneration
  Prof R Lucas, Dr Nina Milosavljevic
Applications accepted all year round

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Retinal degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in developed countries. The new exciting biological approach of optogenetic therapy in which ectopic expression of photosensitive proteins (photopigments) is used to restore photosensitivity, offers a potential breakthrough for treating these conditions.
  Understanding hepatitis E virus infection in pigs and humans
  Dr N Fletcher
Application Deadline: 22 June 2020

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Hepatitis E virus (HEV) is an emerging viral infection, and an increasing cause of acute viral hepatitis in the developed world. In developed countries, infection with HEV is most commonly associated with the consumption of contaminated meat, mainly from pigs.
  Role of aberrant RNA products in influenza-associated morbidity and mortality
  Dr AJ Te Velthuis
Application Deadline: 17 June 2020

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Influenza viruses are an important economic and public health problem. Every year, seasonal influenza A viruses infect around 5-10% of the adult population and 20-30% of all children.
  Nucleic Acid Sensing During Virus Infection – Innate Immunity
  Dr J Rehwinkel
Application Deadline: 24 July 2020

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Virus infection is a constant threat to the cells of all living organisms. To counter this threat, cellular receptors detect virus presence and activate potent antiviral immune responses.
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