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  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.
  EASTBIO Exploring the Untapped Chemical Potential of the Microbial World – a cellular and synthetic biology approach to organic synthesis
  Research Group: Institute of Quantitative Biology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology
  Dr S Wallace
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Synthetic biology is revolutionising the field of chemical synthesis. Using genetically modified microorganisms this approach enables the production of compounds of industrial importance (e.g.
  EASTBIO A synthetic biology approach to design ‘intelligent’ organoids for the study of host-microbe interactions
  Research Group: Institute of Quantitative Biology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology
  Dr E Cachat, Dr L Boulter
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Organoids are self-organised, 3D structures generated in vitro from adult or pluripotent stem cells, that exhibit similar functionality as their tissue of origin.
  Synthetic biology-enabled new generation biosensors to tackle global health and environmental challenges
  Research Group: Institute of Quantitative Biology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology
  Dr Baojun Wang
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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The traditional laboratory-based analytical assays for disease biomarkers and environmental toxins are expensive, time consuming and normally require specialised personnel and complex equipment.
  EASTBIO Understanding cohesion establishment at DNA replication origins using a synthetic biology approach
  Research Group: Institute of Cell Biology
  Prof A Marston
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Second Supervisor. Prof Anne Donaldson, University of Aberdeen. During cell division, chromosomes must be replicated and then evenly distributed to daughter cells.
  Control of antibiotic production through synthetic biology of bacterial hormone signalling
  Prof E Takano, Prof R Breitling
Applications accepted all year round

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There is an urgent need for new antibiotics due to an increase in antibiotic resistance. To produce these essential drugs efficiently in biotechnological systems, we need to have a better understanding of the regulatory mechanisms of antibiotic production.
  Engineering Cupriavidus Necator H16 to Convert CO2/Waste Stream into Useful Chemicals Using a Synthetic Biology Approach
  Dr TS Wong
Applications accepted all year round

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This project falls under the umbrella of carbon capture and utilization (CCU), i.e., to turn a greenhouse gas CO2 into a useful feedstock for chemical syntheses.
  Data-driven design of biological systems – Computational synthetic biology
  Dr G Misirli
Applications accepted all year round

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Synthetic biology has emerged as an engineering field lately, with the aim of designing novel biological systems. Small biological components can be used together to create devices and systems.
  (BBSRC DTP) Novel antimicrobial discovery using high-throughput pathway assembly and robotics
  Prof E Takano, Prof A Munro, Prof R Breitling
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Recent advances in molecular biology, in particular our improved ability to read and (most importantly) write genomic sequences, have led to renewed excitement in the area of genetic engineering, i.e.
  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.
  Mamanlian synthetic biology: Single Cell Tumor Microenvironment Profiling under Oncolytic Virotherapy
  Prof P Cai
Application Deadline: 12 January 2020

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Dual award PhD in Synthetic and Systems Biology - Manchester and Tsinghua University.
  Protein nanocompartments for advanced enzymatic catalysis (PhD in Chemical and Synthetic Biology)
  Dr Y H Lau
Applications accepted all year round

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The University of Sydney is looking for outstanding candidates who are looking to apply for a PhD position in chemical and synthetic biology, in the group of Dr Yu Heng Lau (http://sydney.edu.au/science/people/yuheng.lau.php).
  Improving Photosynthetic Efficiency - Engineering and Evolution of Light-Harvesting Complexes via Synthetic Biology
  Dr D Canniffe
Applications accepted all year round

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Photosynthesis is the ultimate source of food and energy for almost all forms of life. Using sunlight as the energy input, photosynthesis removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere generating the oxygen and carbohydrate that support complex life.
  (Photo)Synthetic Biology - Engineering Biohybrid Photosystems For Enhanced Solar Energy Conversion in Devices
  Dr M R Jones
Applications accepted all year round

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There is growing interest in the use of photosynthetic proteins in devices for solar energy conversion, biosensing, photosensing, photocatalysis, touch sensing, molecular electronics and biodegradable solar cells.
  Tracking anaerobic microbial community responses using a synthetic biology approach
  Prof J P J Chong, Dr K Redeker
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Anaerobic digestion (AD) supports the biogenic production of methane from. organic waste by utilising the catabolic activities of complex microbial.
  EASTBIO Advanced model-based optimization of biomolecular systems.
  Research Group: Institute of Quantitative Biology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology
  Dr D Oyarzun
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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We are looking for an excellent doctoral student to join us on a project at the interface of computational optimization and synthetic biology.
  Engineering synthetic ribosomal RNAs (rRNAs) in yeast
  Prof P Cai, Prof D Delneri
Applications accepted all year round

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Advances in DNA synthesis technology have led to rapid growth in the field of synthetic biology, heralding a nascent era of synthetic genomics.
  EASTBIO Synthetic Proteins for Synthetic Biology
  Research Group: Institute of Quantitative Biology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology
  Prof L Regan
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Second Supervisor:Chris Wood, University of Edinburgh. This project involves using protein design and selection methods to create novel protein-protein interactions that function in vivo.
  Dual autonomous-inducible genetic regulation for bioprocess control
  Dr N Dixon
Application Deadline: 12 January 2020

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Dual award PhD in Synthetic and Systems Biology - Manchester and Tsinghua University.
  4-year PhD Studentship in Synthetic Biology for the Rational Reprogramming of Living Cells
  Dr T Gorochowski, Dr L Marucci
Application Deadline: 30 November 2019

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The ability to reprogram living cells would open up opportunities to repurpose biology and tackle major challenges covering the sustainable production of material to the development of living therapeutics [1].
  Synthetic Biology of the peroxisome
  Research Group: BBSRC White Rose DTP
  Prof A Baker, Dr S Warriner
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Compartmentalisation is a fundamental feature of eukaryotic cells and increases efficiency and complexity by segregating incompatible reactions and concentrating intermediates.
  Engineering tRNA neochromosomes in yeast
  Prof P Cai, Prof D Delneri
Applications accepted all year round

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Advances in DNA synthesis technology have led to rapid growth in the field of synthetic biology, heralding a nascent era of synthetic genomics.
  EASTBIO Novel aptamer tools for Synthetic Biology and the control of cellular processes
  Research Group: Institute of Quantitative Biology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology
  Prof S Rosser, Dr F Menolascina
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Aptamers are rapidly developing oligonucleotide tools that consist of single stranded DNA or RNA molecules that are capable of binding nearly any ligand of choice with high affinity and specificity due to their specific three-dimensional structures.
  Bioengineering of bacterial CO2-concentrating system for improved photosynthesis
  Prof LN Liu, Dr D Canniffe
Applications accepted all year round

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The single-cell photosynthetic bacteria, cyanobacteria, account for over 25% of global carbon fixation, thanks for their powerful CO2-concentrating machinery.
  Synthetic biology toward innovative virus-like particles
  Prof Bernd Rehm
Applications accepted all year round

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Virus-like particles (VLP) are self-assembled viral proteins that do not contain genetic material and are non-infectious. VLPs have been successfully developed into particulate vaccines for prevention of viral infections such as human papilloma virus or Hepatitis B.
  (BBSRC DTP) Predictive Genotype-Phenotype-Fitness Mapping in E.coli
  Dr M Lagator, Dr J-M Schwartz, Dr P Day
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Genotype-phenotype-fitness mapping, or the connection between genetic mutations and their effects on organismal fitness, lies at the heart of understanding and predicting evolution.
  Bioplastic from sustainable feedstock – tackling the plastic challenge
  Dr K Tee
Application Deadline: 15 January 2020

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Plastic is used in many applications, including packaging, construction material, parts in the automotive, biomedical devices and electronic components.
  (BBSRC DTP CASE) Microbial chassis engineering for next generation hydrocarbon biofuels manufacturing
  Prof N Scrutton, Dr S Hay
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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The development of economically viable microbial biofuels is a consequence of global concerns about reducing carbon emissions, dwindling fossil fuel supply and the development of cost effective renewable and sustainable bio-based strategies.
  Advancing engineering and gene circuits approaches to regulate metabolism in productive, fast-growing cyanobacterial strains
  Research Group: Institute of Molecular Plant Sciences
  Dr A McCormick, Dr Baojun Wang
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Cyanobacteria are an important phylum of photosynthetic microbes that can convert captured CO2 into a wide variety of complex organic molecules.
  EASTBIO Multiscale modelling and analysis of stochastic gene expression in mammalian cells
  Research Group: Institute of Quantitative Biology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology
  Dr R Grima, Dr D Oyarzun
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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We are looking for a motivated doctoral student to join us on an exciting project at the interface of stochastic modelling and systems and synthetic biology.
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