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  PhD studentship available within the C3Bio Doctoral Training Initiative. Development of a low-cost microfluidic transducer for electric noise diagnostics of bacterial infections in low resource settings
  Dr P Rocha
Application Deadline: 9 February 2020

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Project team. Dr Paulo Rocha, Dr Nuno Reis & Dr Brian Jones. Project enquiries. Dr Paulo Rocha ([email protected]). PROJECT. Bacterial infections with ‘super-bugs’ such as Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) or Septicaemia affect millions of people worldwide.
  Development of novel nitric oxide-releasing polymers for medical devices. Self funded Medical Studies PhD
  Prof P Winyard
Application Deadline: 27 January 2020

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Infections associated with the employment of urinary catheters and intravenous cannulae are a common cause of hospitalisation, illness and premature death (Chant et al 2011).
  PhD Opportunities in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences

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 Applications are invited from self-funded full-time applicants to undertake a PhD in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Sunderland.
  Surface-modified silicone elastomer for medical and drug delivery devices with reduced bacterial adherence and biofilm formation
  Dr L Carson, Prof K Malcolm
Applications accepted all year round

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All implanted medical devices, including those fabricated from silicone elastomers, are susceptible colonisation with communities of microorganisms that colonise the surface of the device and rapidly establish biofilm populations.
  Evolution of fungal memory and its impact on infection [Medical Mycology] – PhD (Funded)
  Dr A Brown, Prof G Brown
Application Deadline: 25 January 2020

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The University of Exeter’s College of Life and Environmental Sciences is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to commence in summer or autumn 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.
  High-throughput discovery of novel antibiotics using synthetic microbiology
  Dr R Draheim
Applications accepted all year round

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Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a frequent problem in the treatment of disease caused by several clinical bacterial pathogens. In the European Union, antibiotic-resistant infections kill nearly 25,000 patients and represent a total expenditure of £1.5 billion per year.
  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.
  University of Warwick and A*STAR Fully funded international PhD studentships in Molecular Cell Biology and Microbiology

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You will begin your research project at the University of Warwick. You will spend the following two years in Singapore at a partner laboratory.
  PhD Studentship in Biosciences Institute – Understanding the role of transcription in organisation of bacterial chromosome
  Prof N Zenkin
Application Deadline: 5 February 2020

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Number of awards. 1. Start date and duration. 28 September 2020. An early start date is possible. The funding covers a three year PhD.
  Combining Synthetic Biology and Modelling to Understand and Predict Evolution
  Dr M Lagator, Dr J-M Schwartz
Applications accepted all year round

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Mutations, and their effects on organismal fitness, lie at the heart of understanding and predicting evolution. Because of its central role in determining evolutionary outcomes, much experimental and theoretical effort has been put into describing the fitness effects of mutations.
  Using synthetic biology to understand the evolution of antibiotic resistance
  Dr M Lagator, Dr C Knight
Applications accepted all year round

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Imagine an architect, tasked with converting an old stadium into a building with a different function, without demolishing it.
  Surgical incisions without surgical site infections? Innovative antimicrobial materials to prevent infection after surgical procedures
  Dr M E Barbour, Dr D Hill
Applications accepted all year round

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Applicants. Applications are invited a new self-funded PhD studentship to explore and develop novel materials to facilitate closure of surgical wounds and prevent surgical site infection.
  Adhesion of Tissues to Percutaneous Implants
  Dr M Roldo, Prof G Blunn, Dr G Tozzi
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 Dr Marta Roldo, Prof Gordon Blunn and Dr Gianluca Tozzi.
  Discovery of novel pharmaceuticals from marine and desert microorganisms
  Prof M Jaspars, Dr R Ebel
Applications accepted all year round

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Microorganisms from extreme environments such as the deep seas, cold seas and hyper arid deserts have been shown to produce a range of complex natural products with high biological activity.
  Investigating a parasite-specific gene expression mechanism for the identification of novel anthelmintic drug targets
  Dr B Mueller, Dr J Pettitt, Dr B Connolly
Application Deadline: 13 March 2020

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Nematode parasites remain a major cause of neglected human disease and make significant global impacts on the health of agriculturally important animals and plants.
  Applying Population-Level Microbiota Resistance Profiling in Skin Wounds
  Dr A Oates, Prof M Hardman, Mr G Smith
Application Deadline: 29 January 2020

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This PhD project is based in Hull York Medical School. Antimicrobial resistance is recognised as a major global health and economic threat.
  Supporting Healthy Microbiota in Aged Skin
  Prof M Hardman, Dr A Oates
Application Deadline: 29 January 2020

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This PhD project is based in Hull York Medical School. The skin is home to diverse communities of microorganisms that display elaborate topographical variation.
  Understanding Factors That Regulate Respiratory Microbiota
  Dr L Sadofsky, Dr S Hart
Application Deadline: 29 January 2020

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This PhD project is based in Hull York Medical School. The upper respiratory tract is colonized by an extensive and diverse normal microbiota, many constituents of which are potential pathogens.
  Investigation of a probiotic strain of Lactobacillus plantarum 2025 and the development of novel antibacterials
  Prof A Karlyshev
Applications accepted all year round

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Background. The rise of multidrug resistant forms of microbial pathogens imposes a serious problem to public health worldwide. The rapid spread of antimicrobial resistance is associated with misuse of conventional antibiotics.
  Self-triggered smart biomaterials
  Dr C McCoy, Dr N Irwin
Applications accepted all year round

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A major problem associated with medical devices is infection. With infection rates of approaching 100% in some devices, ways to prevent formation of bacterial biofilm on medical device surfaces are urgently required.
  Protease-resistant antimicrobial peptides to target bacterial and fungal pathogens
  Dr J Bella, Dr L Tabernero
Applications accepted all year round

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Antimicrobial resistance is quickly becoming a serious global health problem. The emergence of multidrug-resistant microbial strains combined with the drying up of the antibiotic pipeline in the pharmaceutical industry has significantly worsened the situation in recent years.
  Nanotopographical modulation of bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation
  Prof B Su
Applications accepted all year round

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Surface topography has been known to alter bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation. It has become evident that surface hydrophobicity/hydrophilicity and effective contact area are the two main factors that are responsible for the different bacterial adhesive behaviour on surfaces.
  Hannover Biomedical Research School

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Hannover Biomedical Research School, as part of Hannover Medical School (MHH), invites applications for the above PhD studentships, to commence in October 2020.
  Probing the organization and function of bacterial toxin-antitoxin complexes
  Dr F Hayes, Prof J P Derrick
Applications accepted all year round

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Bacterial toxin-antitoxin (TA) modules typically consist of a pair of genes that encode for a stable toxin protein and an unstable cognate antitoxin molecule.
  Innovative Bioinformatics Pipeline Development for Microbiota Analysis
  Dr D H Lunt, Dr A Oates, Prof M Hardman
Application Deadline: 29 January 2020

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Recent advances in metagenomics, particularly long-read sequencing, are delivering a wealth of new and detailed community level profiling data.
  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.
  Developing an enzymatic toolbox to make complex modified peptides
  Prof M Jaspars, Dr W Houssen, Dr L Trembleau
Applications accepted all year round

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The pharmaceutical industry has identified a major gap in its portfolio. On the one hand, they are excellent at discovering small molecules that act via a lock and key type mechanism.
  Changes to prescribing – evaluation of likely impacts on the aquatic environment and AMR potential
  Dr K Helwig, Dr C Hunter, Dr J Spencer
Applications accepted all year round

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SCEBE-19-019. After consumption, pharmaceutical residues are excreted by patients, not fully removed in wastewater treatment works, and thus enter the aquatic environment, where they pose a risk to aquatic organisms through chronic exposure.
  Development of an in vitro model to dissect the mechanism of fungal persistence in the cystic fibrosis lung
  Prof P Bowyer, Dr M Bromley, Dr S Gago
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common fatal genetically inherited disease in Caucasian populations. This disease is caused by mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane regulator gene (CFTR) which produces defective ion fluxes and calcium homeostasis in the epithelia.
  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.
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