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  Investigating a reading test as a measure of the efficacy of ocular lubricant treatment in individuals with dry eye disease
  Prof C Dickinson, Prof R Harper, Prof F Carley
Applications accepted all year round

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The front surface of the eye is covered by a thin layer of tears to lubricate it, to help avoid infection, and to create a precise optical surface to help with the formation of clear images on the back of the eye.
  MSc by Research Programme: Study the difference of inflammasome pathways in human neutrophils and macrophages
  Dr G Sollberger
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.
  Impact of hypermutable sequences on microbial elicitation and evasion of host immune responses
  Research Group: Microbial Genetics, Pathogenicity & Biotechnology
  Dr C D Bayliss
Applications accepted all year round

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Non-typeable Haemophilus influenzae (NTHi) cause multiple human diseases including otitis media, the commonest bacterial infection in children.
  Proteolytic network regulating the human innate immune response
  Dr D Boucher, Prof I Hitchcock
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020

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The innate immune system is our first line of defence against a wide range of bacteria and viruses. Upon infection, immune cells, such as macrophages and neutrophils, will assemble signalling platforms termed inflammasome, to restrict and clear the insult.
  Disrupting the regulatory mechanisms that allow hospital acquired infections to resist antibiotic therapy.
  Dr R McCarthy
Applications accepted all year round

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The discovery of penicillin over 90 years ago and its subsequent uptake by healthcare systems around the world revolutionised global health and wellbeing.
  Deposition of Antibacterial Coatings on Textiles using Plasma Techniques
  Dr G Taghavi Pourian Azar
Application Deadline: 9 March 2020

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This PhD project is part of the Cotutelle arrangement between Coventry University, UK and Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.
  Deposition of Antibacterial Coatings on Textiles using Plasma Techniques
  Dr G Taghavi Pourian Azar
Application Deadline: 9 March 2020

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This PhD project is part of the Cotutelle arrangement between Coventry University, UK and Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.
  Potential therapeutic effects of natural products in Human Papillomavirus (HPV) related cervical cancers
  Dr H Ashrafi
Applications accepted all year round

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Cervical cancer is one of the most common types of cancer affecting women worldwide. Infection caused by high-risk human papillomaviruses (HPVs), especially type 16 and 18 are implicated in the etiology of most cervical cancers.
  Infectious disease and adaptation to global change
  Dr M Hall
Applications accepted all year round

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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.
  Male-female differences the evolution of infectious disease
  Dr M Hall
Applications accepted all year round

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The science that guides our understanding of health and infectious disease routinely overlooks the pervading impact of sex.
  Targeting the Unfolded Protein Response to Develop Novel Antimicrobial Therapies (Ref: SF20/APP/ANTONIOU)
  Dr A Antoniou
Applications accepted all year round

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Microbial pathogen resistance to antibiotics is an ever growing global concern. Antibiotics generally target microbial pathways important for survival and replication.
  Examining the interactions between plant-feeding insects and symbiotic fungi
  Prof A Gange
Applications accepted all year round

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“Plants are not discrete entities, but instead are mergers of fungal cells with plant tissues”. This statement implies that every living plant has fungi living within the roots and shoots.
  Evolution of multi-drug resistant gram negative clones
  Dr A McNally, Prof W Van Schaik
Applications accepted all year round

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Increasing antibiotic resistance in bacterial infections is a serious threat to modern medicine, so understanding why some bacteria become resistant to multiple antibiotics whereas others do not is an important challenge for microbiologists, doctors and vets.
  The role of Efflux in Antibiotic Resistance of Clinically Relevant Pathogens
  Dr J Blair
Applications accepted all year round

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Antibiotics underpin all of modern medicine; they are used to treat bacterial infections, and to prevent infections after surgery and in patients with a suppressed immune system such as those undergoing cancer chemotherapy or organ transplantation.
  Biodiversity conservation ex situ or in situ with a focus on genetic diversity.
  Dr N Maxted
Applications accepted all year round

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Field studies, ecogeography, geographic information systems and estimation of patterns of genetic diversity, IUCN taxonomic and genetic threat assessment will help elucidate conservation strategies and taxonomic clarity of critically endanged plant species.
  Development of native liquid extraction surface analysis mass spectrometry for drug discovery
  Prof H J Cooper
Applications accepted all year round

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A fully-funded 4-year PhD studentship is available within the School of Biosciences at the University of Birmingham, in collaboration with AstraZeneca.
  Genetic analysis of the bacterial translocation machinery
  Dr D Huber
Applications accepted all year round

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Every subcellular compartment in a cell contains proteins, and yet all of these proteins are initially synthesised in the same compartment.
  Identifying the evolutionary origins of the MADS-box floral quartet mechanism in seedless vascular plants
  Dr A.R.G Plackett, Dr J C Coates
Application Deadline: 31 March 2020

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Despite its commonplace occurrence in today’s environment, the reproduction of plants via flowers and seeds is a recent evolutionary innovation arising from an ancestral seedless reproductive system similar to that still found in a subset of today’s plants (e.g.
  Integrating mass spectrometry metabolomics, imaging and bioinformatics to develop physiology-based kinetic models for chemical safety science
  Prof M Viant, Dr B Campos, Dr C Rivetti, Dr I Sorrell
Application Deadline: 1 April 2020

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**If you are interested in this studentship, it is vital to contact Professor Mark Viant prior to applying with a copy of your CV.
  Investigating the mechanism of action of dual antiangiogenic/ antineoplastic drugs using organotypic co-culture of fibroblasts and endothelial cells
  Research Group: Institute of Cancer Therapeutics
  Dr J Elies Gomez, Dr K Pors
Applications accepted all year round

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An important feature of many types of cancer is the ability to develop abnormal angiogenesis (blood vessel formation); this allows cancer cells to gain access to nutrients and favours metastasis.
  The Development of a Tailored Mindfulness Intervention for Spinal Cord Injury
  Dr K Finlay, Dr M Tilley
Application Deadline: 9 March 2020

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Applications are invited for a PhD research student to work on the development of a tailored mindfulness intervention for Spinal Cord Injury.
  Molecular characterization of Cryptosporidium parvum anthroponosum – a new threat to world health. (TylerKU19SF)
  Dr K Tyler, Prof N Hall
Application Deadline: 31 May 2020

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Human cryptosporidiosis is the leading protozoan cause of diarrhoeal mortality worldwide, and most infection is caused by either person to person transmitted Cryptosporidium hominis or the presumptively zoonotic C.
  Role of Bacteria-Purinoceptor Interactions in Pathological Changes Leading to Implant Failure
  Prof D Gorecki, Prof C Louca
Application Deadline: 23 February 2020

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Applications are invited for a fully funded three-year PhD to commence in October 2020. The PhD will be based in the Faculty of Science and Health, and will be supervised by Professor Darek Gorecki and Professor Chris Luca.
  FoodBioSystems DTP - Gut bacteria and their DNA as elicitors of host beneficial responses
  Dr J Gutierrez-Merino, Dr G W Griffith, Dr H Davey
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Research Group. FOODBIOSYSTEMS BBSRC DTP. The incidence of gut inflammatory disorders such as such as the post-infectious irritable bowel syndrome (PI-IBS) is increasing globally, with devastating consequences in animal production and public health.
  Transcription control and immune evasion in African trypanosomes
  Research Group: Division of Cell & Molecular Biology
  Prof G Rudenko
Applications accepted all year round

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Trypanosomes are unicellular eukaryotes which cause African Sleeping Sickness, which is endemic to subSaharan Africa. Trypanosomes can be easily grown as suspension cell lines in the laboratory, where they are straightforward to manipulate and genetically modify.
  Deciphering metabolic pathways in patient-derived retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) as a novel strategy for therapeutic intervention in age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
  Prof A Stitt, Dr A Margariti
Application Deadline: 24 February 2020

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AMD is the leading cause of blindness in the Western world. Approximately 90% of AMD patients have the so-called “dry” form (dry-AMD) which manifests as progressive damage to the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) and accumulation of adjacent extracellular deposits.
  Tackling antibiotic resistance: developing a vaccine against gonorrhoea
  Prof J P Derrick, Dr F Hayes
Applications accepted all year round

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Gonorrhoea is caused by the Gram-negative bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae and is a serious public health problem in developing and developed countries.
  Molecular-genetic analysis of intra- and extra-cellular iron reduction systems in bacteria: role in gut colonisation and utilisation of dietary iron sources.
  Prof S C Andrews
Applications accepted all year round

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The innate immune defense systems respond to bacterial infection by reducing the amount of available iron in order to restrict bacterial growth.
  Development of pulmonary dosage forms for improved antibacterial activity
  Dr H Al-Obaidi
Applications accepted all year round

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"Conventional formulations for drug delivery to the lungs are limited to less than a few milligrams as a fine particle fraction.
  Development of a Multimodal Sensor System for Performance Monitoring of Pharmaceuticals
  Dr D Markl, Dr I Khadra
Application Deadline: 31 March 2020

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This 4-year prestigious Strathclyde/AstraZeneca PhD studentship aims to develop a novel multimodal monitoring approach to quantify performance-controlling mechanisms of the dissolution of pharmaceutical tablets.
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