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  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.
  Development of synthetic glycan affinity reagents to study the capsular structure of fungal pathogens
  Prof P Mendes, Prof R May
Application Deadline: 12 January 2020

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Many pathogenic microorganisms produce extracellular polysaccharides that are attached to the cellular surface and are known as capsular polysaccharides.
  Functional analysis of fungal effector proteins in the barley/wheat powdery mildew plant-pathogen interactions.
  Dr L Bindschedler, Prof A Devoto
Applications accepted all year round

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Pathogens secrete small proteins called effectors or virulence factors which are important for the successful invasion of the host.
  Novel chemistry to protect the wheat crop
  Dr G Kettles
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Plant pathogens pose major challenges to crop production and food security. How we protect plants from their most damaging pathogens is therefore vital to a future of sustainable agriculture.
  Development of a three dimensional in vitro model of the human cornea to dissect the inflammatory events associated with sight-threatening ocular pathogens
  Dr C Dobson, Dr C Maldonado-Codina, Prof P Morgan
Applications accepted all year round

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The presence of microbes at the corneal surface may trigger low grade discomfort through to acute eye infection and permanent loss of vision.
  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.
  Biosensor for catching a cereal killer
  Dr R Gupta, Dr G Kettles
Application Deadline: 12 January 2020

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Background. Wheat is a staple food for about two billion people in the world.
  BBSRC EASTBIO PhD Programme: How does PcNMRAL1 orchestrate infection-associated gene expression changes during host colonisation?
  Dr E Huitema, Prof P Birch
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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This 4 year PhD project is part of a competition funded by EASTBIO BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership http://www.eastscotbiodtp.ac.uk/how-apply-0.
  Genome mining of novel antimicrobial natural products from new bacterial strains
  Dr H Deng, Prof M Jaspars
Applications accepted all year round

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Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is rising to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world. In Europe alone, drug-resistant bacteria are estimated to cause 25,000 deaths annually and cost more than US$1.5 billion every year in healthcare expenses and productivity losses.
  EASTBIO: Understanding the pathogenesis of life-threatening Burkholderia cenocepacia infections using blocking antibodies and novel chemistry scaffolds to untangle complex aspects of AMR
  Prof A Porter, Dr S Palliyil, Prof M Jaspars
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Supervisors. Professor Andy Porter (University of Aberdeen). https://www.abdn.ac.uk/people/a.porter. Dr Soumya Palliyil (University of Aberdeen).
  Structural study of enterovirus replication in vivo
  Dr P Plevka
Application Deadline: 17 December 2019

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Viruses from the Enterovirus genus belong to the family Picornaviridae of human and vertebrate pathogens. Diseases caused by enteroviruses range from upper and lower respiratory tract infections to life-threatening encephalitis.
  MRC DiMeN Doctoral Training Partnership: Are microbes the hidden influencers? Unravelling the genomic network of host-microbe interactions
  Dr D Rico, Prof S Hambleton, Dr C Lamb, Prof R Hirt
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Background and hypotheses. Each of us has a genome. The genome is the same in every cell of our organism but its three-dimensional (3D) structure is different in every cell type.
  QUADRAT DTP: Temperature regulation of crop - rhizosphere ecology
  Dr J Dalzell, Dr C Gubry-Rangin, Dr FL Liu
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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Crop plants manipulate rhizosphere interactions and community structure through the release of root exudates. Whilst root exudates can attract beneficial microbes, they are also exploited by pathogens and plant parasitic nematodes (PPNs).
  EASTBIO: Resistance in Crop Roots: Functional Analysis of the H2-Meditated Response to Nematodes
  Dr S Mantelin, Prof J Jones
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Resistance genes provide plants with protection against a range of pathogens. Despite their use in crop breeding programmes, our knowledge of how plant resistance genes function is still sketchy and mainly based on studies in leaves rather than roots.
  (BBSRC DTP) Discovery and Editing Pathways to New Antibiotics
  Prof J Micklefield, Prof D Leys, Dr A Green
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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There is an urgent need for new antibiotics. The majority of antibiotics that are used to treat infectious diseases today are small molecules produced by microorganisms, called natural products, or derivatives thereof.
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