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  Evaluation of natural plant based botanicals as alternative to therapeutic antibiotics
  Dr C Situ
Applications accepted all year round

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It has become widely recognised that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the biggest health threats that mankind faces, encompassing huge health and economic burdens on governments and societies in every region of the globe.
  Novel drug delivery systems for Schizophrenia treatment
  Dr E Larraneta
Applications accepted all year round

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This PhD project aims to develop, characterise and test a new type of implantable device to provide sustained antipsychotic drug delivery for schizophrenia treatment.
  Uncovering the Hidden Human Milk Microbiome
  Dr S Cameron, Prof S Huws, Dr J Megaw
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Until recently, human milk (HM) was considered to be sterile and free of microorganisms in healthy mothers. We are now beginning to understand the importance of the microbiome of HM and its role in developing the naïve immune system of new-born babies.
  Innovative Diagnostics for Helminth Parasite Infections
  Dr P McVeigh, Dr N Marks
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Helminth (worm) parasites cause ill health and poor productivity in farm animals worldwide. Control relies largely on anthelmintic drugs, either applied en masse to entire herds based on perceived infection risk, or guided by treatment decisions made using sub-optimal diagnostic tests.
  Emerging Infectious Diseases – Surveillance and Biosecurity
  Dr N Marks, Dr P McVeigh
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. A continued increase in both the geographical range of existing pathogens and the transmission of novel pathogens into the human population poses a challenge for the effective control of emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) and biosecurity.
  The role of epigenetic mechanisms in the control of post-stress recovery of cancer cells
  Dr K Panov, Dr S McDade, Dr B Graham
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. In recent years, it has become apparent that epigenetic mechanisms play an important role in the cellular response to stress; however, exact mechanisms involved are still poorly understood despite continued efforts.
  Understanding Biofilm Formation in the Domain Archaea
  Dr J Megaw, Prof B Gilmore
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Biofilms - structured and organised microbial communities - represent one of the most successful forms of life.
  Temperature regulation of non-coding RNA and crop - rhizosphere interactions
  Dr J Dalzell, Dr FL Liu
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Crop plants manipulate rhizosphere interactions through the release of root exudates. Whilst root exudates can attract beneficial microbes, they are also exploited by pathogens and plant parasitic nematodes (PPNs).
  The marine phosphorus cycle and the methane paradox
  Prof J Mcgrath, Dr J Chin
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Marine microorganisms play major roles in regulating climate and driving global biogeochemical cycling. It has long been recognised that phosphorus (P) availability plays a major role in these processes by controlling marine primary productivity.
  Archaeal polyphosphate cycling: novel enzymes to drive new technologies
  Dr J Chin, Prof J Mcgrath
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Phosphorus is a globally important resource used particularly by the agricultural industry in fertiliser, enabling the growth of enough crops to feed the world’s increasing population.
  Influence of farm hygiene standards and management practices on Johne’s disease progression in selected NI dairy herds
  Prof I Grant, Prof N O'Connell
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Johne’s disease is present in dairy herds in Northern Ireland. However, the true herd prevalence is uncertain, and probably underestimated, because currently used diagnostic tests lack sensitivity.
  How does Clostridium difficile control the gut microbiome? Molecular dissection of nutrient control strategies
  Prof G McMullan, Dr B Graham, Prof J Mcgrath
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Clostridium difficile is a Gram positive, spore forming, anaerobic bacterium that is the main cause of hospital-acquired and antibiotic-associated diarrhoea.
  Schistosome blood flukes and bacteria: How pathogens interact with other pathogens, and the host
  Dr G Gobert, Dr J Megaw
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Parasitic schistosome flukes reside in the blood stream of the host, causing significant chronic disease in hundreds of millions of people in tropical and sub-tropical countries.
  Adaptive management of stochastic parasite challenge in animals under climate change
  Prof E Morgan, Dr M Robinson
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Climate change is causing greater variation in conditions for parasite transmission, and increased unpredictability in disease outbreaks in farmed and other animals.
  Targeting yeast epigenetics to combat anti-fungal resistance
  Dr E Hyland, Dr C Law
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. One consequence of climate change is the increased incidence of fungal disease, as global temperatures become more aligned with optimal fungal growth conditions.
  Mast cell dysregulation? Understanding the development of mastocytosis
  Dr C Graham, Dr B Graham, Prof C Creevey
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Mastocytosis is a myeloproliferative disease characterised by the accumulation of neoplastic mast cells in one or several organs that can result in organ failure.
  What drives early-life “programming” in the rumen microbiome?
  Prof C Creevey, Dr K Theodoridou, Prof S Huws
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Manipulation of microorganisms in the rumen of cattle, sheep and deer is a promising strategy for lowering their environmental impact while increasing their efficiency.
  Gene mining useful biocatalysts from paleosols
  Prof C Allen, Dr C Law
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Paleosols are often sediments that are relatively unaffected by the Anthropocene. While there is much research on the microbial community structure found in urban and agricultural soils, these relatively undisturbed soils are very different in a geological and physical context.
  Rewiring of host cell protein complexes by pathogen effectors - mass spectrometry-based methods and applications in infection biology
  Dr B Collins, Prof J Bengoechea, Dr G Schroeder
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Bacterial pathogens, such as Klebsiella pneumoniae and Legionella pneumophila, residing inside host immune cells such as macrophages, must subvert host cell defences in order to avoid destruction.
  Exposing drivers for parasite growth and virulence at the single cell level
  Prof A Maule, Dr P McVeigh, Dr N Marks
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Parasites infect one third of the human population, causing staggering levels of morbidity. They also blight food production systems by undermining plant and animal health globally.
  Food fraud risks in UK supply chain networks
  Prof S van Ruth, Prof GE Ellison, Prof C Elliott
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Food supply networks are flooded within increasingly varied, sophisticated, and dangerous fraud schemes.
  Genome scale evolution of biofilm contained Klebsiella pneumoniae in response to sub-lethal antibacterial stress exposure - development of novel biomarkers for near-patient testing
  Prof S Fanning, Prof B Gilmore
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Klebsiella pneumoniae is an opportunistic pathogenic bacterium found in several niches, being often encountered in a biofilm.
  MicroRNAs in the Pathogenesis Adverse Cardiomyocyte and Endothelial Cell Remodelling in Insulin Resistance
  Dr Q Su, Dr D Grieve
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Lipogenic diets-induced diabetes increases risk of cardiac stress and vascular dysfunction. Recent studies have established the pivotal role of non-coding microRNAs in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease (CVD).
  SAFENUT: Cold plasma as an Intervention technology to ensure a safe and nutritious groundnut supply
  Prof P Bourke, Prof C Elliott, Prof B Gilmore
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L., Peanut) is an important oilseed and food crop, playing a significant role in global food and nutrition security as a source of non-animal protein.
  Enhancing young people’s cooking and food skills to investigate impact on food engagement, knowledge, skill confidence and diet quality
  Prof M Dean, Prof C Elliott
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. The possession and application of cooking and food skills have numerous health benefits including a greater diet quality, weight control and even longevity of life.
  Explore novel feeding strategies to reduce ammonia emissions from ruminants and improve their productivity
  Dr K Theodoridou, Dr G Arnott
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Agriculture is the dominant source of ammonia (NH3) emissions in N. Ireland, across the UK and throughout the world.
  Diet mediated metabolic-inflammation – mechanistic insights
  Prof H Roche, Dr Q Su
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Metabolic-inflammation is a critical process that underpins obesity related disease including diabetes and cancer biology.
  Systems analysis of the impact of microplastics in the marine environment
  Prof G Hardiman, Dr B Green
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. One Health is an emerging paradigm that recognizes that the health and well-being of humans, animals and ecosystems are interconnected.
  Using data analytics to identify best practices across the food supply chain that drive nutrition quality
  Dr D McCarthy, Dr A Nugent, Dr J Sousa
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Approaching nutrition quality from an analytics perspective stands to help us understand and predict the impact of food production practices on human and planetary health.
  Low-cost and rapid paper-based microfluidics for the detection of irradiated foods
  Dr C Cao, Prof C Elliott
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Irradiations have been exploited as a preservation technique to eliminate indigenous microflora, thereby extending shelf-life of foods.
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