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  Regulation of intestinal immune responses to commensal bacteria by innate lymphoid cells
  Dr M Hepworth, Prof K Else
Applications accepted all year round

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Commensal bacteria present in the gastrointestinal tract provide beneficial roles for the host, such as supporting nutrient metabolism.
  Employing molecular virology to investigate hepatitis E virus replication (fully-funded PhD)
  Research Group: School of Molecular and Cellular Biology
  Dr M.R. Herod, Prof M Harris
Application Deadline: 27 February 2020

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Hepatitis E virus (HEV), is a major causative agent of acute, severe hepatitis. The infection can also be chronic, particular in immunocompromised people, and fatal in pregnant women or those with existing liver diseases.
  Evolutionary genetics of transposable element invasions
  Dr A Betancourt
Applications accepted all year round

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Most animal and plant genomes are riddled with parasitic DNA. This DNA comes from transposable elements, ‘jumping’ genes that can spread not only from parent to offspring, but which also make new copies of themselves within a host.
  The Eco-Immunology of Wild Mice
  Prof M Viney
Applications accepted all year round

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The immune responses that wild animals make contribute to their fitness, but what those immune responses are – and how they differ from those of laboratory animals – is hardly known.
  FoodBioSystems DTP - Tackling antimicrobial resistance in dairy production: using microfluidics and smartphone technology to monitor resistance genes alongside functional antibiotic sensitivity testing
  Dr A Edwards, Prof RM La Ragione, Dr P Ray
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Research Group. FOODBIOSYSTEMS BBSRC DTP. PROBLEM - Dairy farming is a socially and economically important sector of agriculture, and also illustrates the importance of a ‘one health’ approach that addresses both human and animal health.
  PhD Student in Organic/Medicinal Chemistry (New Antibiotics)
  Dr A Titz
Applications accepted all year round

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The Helmholtz Association is the largest research organisation in Germany with over 40.000 employees. The Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS) was founded between the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) and Saarland University in 2009.
  (WIS) Cross-talk between T cells and intestinal epithelial cells: a new type of immune synapse.
  Prof D Davis, Prof M Travis
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Super-resolution and other state-of-the-art microscope techniques allow us to study immune cell activity in unprecedented detail.
  Defining the immune cells which best fight cancer
  Prof D Davis
Application Deadline: 4 March 2020

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Arguably, immune therapies for cancer are at a tipping point. The success of therapies for some patients with some types of cancer has made it clear that immunotherapies can work.
  Metals and host-pathogen interactions: the role of metal handling systems in the human gastrointestinal pathogen Campylobacter jejuni
  Dr J Cavet, Dr D Linton
Applications accepted all year round

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Campylobacter jejuni is a globally important food-borne pathogen causing an estimated 400-500 million cases of acute human gastroenteritis each year.
  MRC DTP 4 Year PhD Programme: Deciphering the role of oxidative stress in cardiovascular disease using physiological and 3D cell models.
  Dr C Murdoch, Dr C Henderson
Application Deadline: 13 March 2020

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This project is offered as part of the University of Dundee 4-year MRC DTP Programme “Quantitative and Interdisciplinary approaches to biomedical science”.
  MRC DTP 4 Year PhD Programme: Investigating mRNA cap regulation in pluripotency and differentiation
  Prof V Cowling, Prof T A Owen-hughes
Application Deadline: 13 March 2020

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This project is offered as part of the University of Dundee 4-year MRC DTP Programme “Quantitative and Interdisciplinary approaches to biomedical science”.
  MRC DTP 4 Year PhD Programme: Revealing dynamic and elusive early-mitotic events using state-of-the-art live-cell light sheet imaging
  Dr T Tanaka, Dr M MacDonald
Application Deadline: 13 March 2020

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This project is offered as part of the University of Dundee 4-year MRC DTP Programme “Quantitative and Interdisciplinary approaches to biomedical science”.
  MRC DTP 4 Year PhD Programme: Strategy to identify novel and exploitable anti-malarial drug targets
  Dr S Wyllie, Dr I H Gilbert
Application Deadline: 13 March 2020

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This project is offered as part of the University of Dundee 4-year MRC DTP Programme “Quantitative and Interdisciplinary approaches to biomedical science”.
  MRC DTP 4 Year PhD Programme: Uncovering molecular details of regulation of the mRNA capping enzymes in gene expression
  Dr A Pisliakov, Prof V Cowling
Application Deadline: 13 March 2020

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This project is offered as part of the University of Dundee 4-year MRC DTP Programme “Quantitative and Interdisciplinary approaches to biomedical science”.
  MRC DTP 4 Year PhD Programme: Understanding the difference between inflammasome activation in neutrophils and macrophages
  Dr G Sollberger, Prof S Arthur
Application Deadline: 13 March 2020

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This project is offered as part of the University of Dundee 4-year MRC DTP Programme “Quantitative and Interdisciplinary approaches to biomedical science”.
  Seeking critical branch points in bacterial evolution with comparative genomics
  Prof N Saunders, Mr A Khan
Applications accepted all year round

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This is a bioinformatics and comparative genomics-focussed project, seeking to identify the basis of speciation and sub-speciation of bacterial species accounting for the development of individual and independent lineages.
  Biofilm prevention and eradication: investigating the potential of novelbiosurfactants as biocides
  Dr F Stainsby, Dr H Vaughan
Application Deadline: 1 June 2020

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The global rise of antimicrobial resistance has potentially devastating consequences, particularly within. the healthcare sector, and requires urgent attention.
  Baculovirus P10 and microtubules; the role of P10 in virus-induced nuclear lysis with possible applications for novel anti-cancer therapies
  Prof L A King, Dr V Bolanos-Garcia
Application Deadline: 20 March 2020

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Oxford Brookes University. Faculty of Health and Life Sciences,. Department of Biological and Medical Sciences. 3.5 year, full-time PhD iCASE studentship.
  Characterisation and chemical inhibition of a novel regulatory module controlling chloroplast protein translation
  Dr D Gibbs
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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This 4 year BBSRC-CASE studentship, funded through the Midlands Integrative Biology Training Partnership (MIBTP), will be supervised by Dr Daniel Gibbs (University of Birmingham) in association with Dr Christian Noble (Syngenta).
  Investigating the influence of polyploidy on the evolution of a major human fungal pathogen
  Dr E Ballou
Applications accepted all year round

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The human fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans undergoes an unusual morphological transition from haploid yeast to highly polyploid Titan cells during infection of the human host.
  Molecular and genetic mechanisms of brain structural plasticity and neurodegeneration in the fruit-fly Drosophila.
  Dr A Hidalgo
Applications accepted all year round

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The brain changes throughout life. brain plasticity enables the brain to adjust in response to experience, whereas during aging natural neurodegeneration takes over.
  Regulation of apoptosis-induced compensatory cell proliferation and its implications for cancer and tissue regeneration
  Dr Y Fan
Applications accepted all year round

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In multi-cellular organisms, coordinated cell death (e.g. apoptosis) and cell replacement is critical for tissue recovery in response to stress or damage.
  Elucidating novel disease mechanisms in sepsis
  Research Group: Centre for Experimental Medicine
  Prof T Curtis, Prof J Bengoechea
Application Deadline: 31 March 2020

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Sepsis is defined as “life-threatening organ dysfunction due to a dysregulated host response to infection”. It is a major public health problem since it affects millions of people worldwide each year, and it accounts for most deaths in critically ill patients.
  Targeting bacterial protein glycosylation in pathogenic bacteria as a novel anti-virulence strategy
  Research Group: Centre for Experimental Medicine
  Prof M Valvano, Prof G Wagner
Application Deadline: 31 March 2020

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Antibiotic resistance is a global health problem of epidemic proportions, especially for infections by Gram-negative bacteria. Identifying novel microbial targets to develop new classes of antimicrobial molecules, which could work alone or in combination with existing antibiotics, is a must.
  Ultrastructural analysis of the mouse whipworm as a model for human trichuriasis
  Prof R K Grencis, Dr T Starborg
Applications accepted all year round

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Gastrointestinal dwelling nematode parasites are extremely successful parasites of both man and animals infecting over a billion people worldwide and are responsible for considerable morbidity and ill health worldwide.
  MSc by Research Programme: LRRK2 kinase pathway activation during infection
  Dr E Sammler
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.
  Dissecting the molecular mechanisms of antibiotic resistance in bacterial pathogens
  Research Group: Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology
  Dr A O'Neill
Applications accepted all year round

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Antibiotics make possible the treatment and cure of life-threatening bacterial infections. Since their introduction in the middle years of the 20th Century, they have added ~10 years to the human lifespan, and have become a cornerstone of modern medicine.
  Synthetic Virology: Development of gene delivery vectors/synthetic vaccines
  Research Group: Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology
  Prof P G Stockley
Applications accepted all year round

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There is worldwide interest in exploiting our modern understanding of genomics to target gene expression therapeutically via a variety of mechanisms, such as transgene insertion and CRISPR-Cas gene editing.
  Developing next generation bioimaging/biophotonics tools to dissect the immunological synapse in single cells, one molecule at a time
  Prof M Leake, Dr N Signoret
Application Deadline: 29 March 2020

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We seek an ambitious PhD student to develop/apply new bioimaging/biophotonics tools to gain insight into complex biological processes across multiple length/timescales, from single molecules through to subcellular structures, cells and cellular populations.
  Clinical and molecular correlates of response to first line treatment in oral lichen planus
  Dr K Hijazi, Prof J Gibson
Application Deadline: 13 March 2020

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Oral lichen planus is a chronic disease of the lining of the mouth that causes pain and increases the risk of oral cancer. The negative impact of oral lichen planus on quality of life has been proven.
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