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  Genome association studies to detect genetic determinants of virulence traits of invasive meningococcal disease isolates with age stratification
  Dr C D Bayliss
Applications accepted all year round

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Neisseria meningitidis is the major cause of bacterial meningitis but is also widespread as an asymptomatic coloniser of human oropharyngeal tissues.
  Regulation of virulence and biofilm formation by quorum sensing and the "stress alarmone" ppGpp in gram-negative pathogenic bacteria.
  Dr M Welch
Applications accepted all year round

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We are investigating the complex interplay between cell-cell signalling (quorum sensing), microbial lifestyle (i.e., free-living planktonic cultures vs sessile biofilm communities), growth phase and virulence in gram-negative bacteria.
  Molecular characterisation of novel virulence genes and vaccine candidates in pathogenic Corynebacterium diphtheria (Ref: SF20/APP/SANGAL)
  Dr V Sangal
Applications accepted all year round

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Corynebacterium diphtheriae is a prominent human pathogen that causes diphtheria, a toxin mediated disease of upper respiratory tract, resulting in significant mortality and morbidity in humans.
  Virulence factors in dermatophytes
  Dr A Bolhuis
Applications accepted all year round

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Dermatophytosis is caused by fungi infecting keratinised tissues and represents the most common and disseminated group of mycoses.
  MSc by Research Programme: Mechanisms underlying aphid effector virulence activity
  Dr J Bos
Application Deadline: 16 July 2020

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This course allows you to work alongside our world renowned experts from the School of Life Sciences and gain a ’real research’ experience.
  Nucleoside decoys, unravelling a novel plant pathogen virulence strategy
  Prof M Grant, Dr V Ntoukakis, Assoc Prof L Song
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Ensuring food security is critically important to our next generation and this encompasses a increase in productivity of 50% by 2050! We currently we lose 25-40% of global crop production to plant pathogens, thus significant progress could be made through improved plant disease resistance.
  The role of pore-forming bacterial proteins in pneumonia and meningitis
  Prof T J Mitchell, Dr M Tomlinson
Applications accepted all year round

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The bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae (the pneumococcus) is carried in the nasopharynx of most children and some adults without causing disease.
  Developing phage therapy to control plant pathogenic bacteria in the rhizosphere microbiome
  Dr V Friman
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020

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Plant pathogenic bacteria cause considerable economic losses to food production systems. The main reason for this is that hardly any effective control methods exist to mitigate this damage.
  Comparative genomic analysis of variant features within the Neisseria spp.
  Dr L Snyder
Applications accepted all year round

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The availability of rapid genome sequencing had generated an explosion of bacterial genome sequence data, much of which has not been fully explored and investigated.
  Computational and Polymer Sciences to Engineer Microbial Physiology
  Dr S Jabbari, Dr F Fernandez-Trillo
Application Deadline: 31 July 2020

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Mathematical modelling and statistical inference are key tools in understanding the life sciences. In this project, we will develop differential equation models and apply statistical inference techniques to understand how polymers can be engineered to be of practical use in microbiology.
  Engineering Microbial Physiology through Polymer and Computational Sciences
  Research Group: Materials Chemistry
  Dr F Fernandez-Trillo, Dr S Jabbari
Application Deadline: 31 July 2020

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Recently, there has been an increasing use of polymers to interface with bacteria and other microorganisms, either to treat microbial infections, to prevent and control biofilm formation, or as a platform to grow and maintain microbial cultures for biotechnology.
  The oral microbiome, ROS and the development of oral cancer: a role in Fanconi anemia?
  Prof K Hunter, Dr S Collis
Applications accepted all year round

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Many patients with Fanconi Anemia (FA) develop cancers of the mouth, esophagus or anogential region. A number of reasons have been suggested, but the millions of bacteria that are naturally resident in these body sites might be a significant contributory factor.
  Targeting the Arms Factory: The emerging role of the endoplasmic reticulum in plant immunity
  Prof L Frigerio, Dr E Breeze, Prof M Grant
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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As the protein factory of the cell, the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) underpins the production, folding and quality control of proteins, as well as lipid biosynthesis.
  Transcriptional battles in plant-pathogen interactions: understanding and re-wiring gene regulatory networks to enhance disease resistance
  Prof K Denby, Prof I A Graham
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020

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The severity of plant disease is determined by a battle between pathogen virulence and host plant immunity – understanding this relationship is key to developing sustainable methods of pathogen control.
  Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership (MIBTP) Funded PhD Studentships

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The Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership (MIBTP) is a BBSRC-funded doctoral training partnership between five research-intensive universities, the University of Warwick, the University of Birmingham, the University of Leicester, Aston University, and Harper Adams University.
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