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Biotechnology (infection biology) PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships

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  Molecular mechanisms of herpesviral infection
  Dr A Golovanov
Applications accepted all year round

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Herpes viruses are known to cause a wide range of human diseases, ranging from simple cold sores to cancer, Kaposi Sarcoma. Kaposi Sarcoma, for example, is a type of cancer which affects immunocompromised patients and is endemic in Africa, where it is linked with the spread of HIV infection and AIDS.
  EMBL Australia Partnership PhD Program

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Undertake interdisciplinary, postgraduate research for a PhD degree at Australia's top life science laboratories. Successful students will receive generous scholarships and travel grants while undertaking their PhD at an EMBL Australia laboratory in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra or Adelaide.
  The chemical glycobiology of carbohydrate metabolism
  Prof R Field, Prof S Flitsch
Applications accepted all year round

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Carbohydrates are widespread in nature and fulfil many important biological functions. However, the biology of carbohydrates is much less well explored than that of nucleic acids and proteins.
  Evolutionary insights for engineering improved globin oxygen carriers
  Dr M Berenbrink, Dr J Madine
Applications accepted all year round

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Around 2 million red blood cell units at a cost of 120.00 GBP per unit are transfused annually in England alone (http://www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/what-we-do/blood-transfusion/).
  FoodBioSystems DTP - A novel approach for reducing multiple-drug resistance in foodborne bacteria: application of CRISPR technology
  Prof S C Andrews, Prof RM La Ragione, Dr C Rymer
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Research Group. FOODBIOSYSTEMS BBSRC DTP.
  Integrated mathematical modelling and experimental research into interactions between microorganisms
  Dr J U Kreft
Applications accepted all year round

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Our group aims to combine theoretical & experimental approaches to understand major problems in the ecology and evolution of microbes.
  Functional analysis of novel genes important in the physiology and pathogenesis of the human pathogen Campylobacter jejuni
  Prof D J Kelly
Applications accepted all year round

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Campylobacter jejuni and E. coli are the commonest cause of human bacterial gastroenteritis worldwide. Although pathogenic in humans, C.
  FoodBioSystems DTP - Tackling antimicrobial resistance in dairy production: using microfluidics and smartphone technology to monitor resistance genes alongside functional antibiotic sensitivity testing
  Dr A Edwards, Prof RM La Ragione, Dr P Ray
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Research Group. FOODBIOSYSTEMS BBSRC DTP. PROBLEM - Dairy farming is a socially and economically important sector of agriculture, and also illustrates the importance of a ‘one health’ approach that addresses both human and animal health.
  (WIS) Cross-talk between T cells and intestinal epithelial cells: a new type of immune synapse.
  Prof D Davis, Prof M Travis
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Super-resolution and other state-of-the-art microscope techniques allow us to study immune cell activity in unprecedented detail.
  MRC DTP 4 Year PhD Programme: Deciphering the role of oxidative stress in cardiovascular disease using physiological and 3D cell models.
  Dr C Murdoch, Dr C Henderson
Application Deadline: 13 March 2020

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This project is offered as part of the University of Dundee 4-year MRC DTP Programme “Quantitative and Interdisciplinary approaches to biomedical science”.
  Seeking critical branch points in bacterial evolution with comparative genomics
  Prof N Saunders, Mr A Khan
Applications accepted all year round

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This is a bioinformatics and comparative genomics-focussed project, seeking to identify the basis of speciation and sub-speciation of bacterial species accounting for the development of individual and independent lineages.
  Baculovirus P10 and microtubules; the role of P10 in virus-induced nuclear lysis with possible applications for novel anti-cancer therapies
  Prof L A King, Dr V Bolanos-Garcia
Application Deadline: 20 March 2020

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Oxford Brookes University. Faculty of Health and Life Sciences,. Department of Biological and Medical Sciences. 3.5 year, full-time PhD iCASE studentship.
  Biogenesis of the Clostridium difficile cell surface
  Dr R Fagan
Applications accepted all year round

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Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in our hospitals. Infection normally follows disruption of the gut normal flora by broad-spectrum antibiotic treatment.
  Synthetic Virology: Development of gene delivery vectors/synthetic vaccines
  Research Group: Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology
  Prof P G Stockley
Applications accepted all year round

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There is worldwide interest in exploiting our modern understanding of genomics to target gene expression therapeutically via a variety of mechanisms, such as transgene insertion and CRISPR-Cas gene editing.
  Clinical and molecular correlates of response to first line treatment in oral lichen planus
  Dr K Hijazi, Prof J Gibson
Application Deadline: 13 March 2020

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Oral lichen planus is a chronic disease of the lining of the mouth that causes pain and increases the risk of oral cancer. The negative impact of oral lichen planus on quality of life has been proven.
  Predicting the development of oral cancer
  Dr C Darido
Applications accepted all year round

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Human head and neck cancer is a devastating disease with poor survival rates.
  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.
  Exploiting tumour-promoting paracrine signals in solid cancers to turbocharge genetically redirected T cells
  Dr A Hurlstone, Prof R Edmondson
Applications accepted all year round

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Adoptive cell therapy (ACT) using tumour infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) or genetically redirected T cells are some of the most promising approaches to emerge recently for the treatment of metastatic disease.
  Developing a virus-like particle (VLP) Polio vaccine
  Dr G Mulley
Applications accepted all year round

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Rationale. Poliovirus is a non-enveloped RNA virus, spread via the faecal-oral route, that causes the infectious disease Poliomyelitis (Polio).
  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.
  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.
  Investigating the impact of particle manufacturing process on nanomedicine biological fate
  Dr Z Rattray, Prof Y Perrie
Application Deadline: 31 March 2020

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A new drug candidate faces multiple challenges during its development, and in oncology drug development, a key challenge is achieving the balance between efficacy and off-target toxicity.
  Bioengineering of innovative functional biomaterials for diagnosis of Q fever
  Prof Bernd Rehm
Applications accepted all year round

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Q fever is an infection by the intracellular pathogen Coxiella burnetii that can cause a severe flu-like illness. The sensitive and specific diagnosis of Q fever is important for early intervention and for control and management of the disease.
  Creating “super” regulatory T cells to combat rejection, GVHD and autoimmunity through retroviral gene manipulation
  Dr N Jones, Dr S Lee
Applications accepted all year round

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Research interests/description of main research theme. Foxp3+CD25+CD4+ regulatory T cells (Treg) have been shown to be essential for the induction of tolerance to foreign organ transplants in experimental models.
  FoodBioSystems DTP - Developing a new energy efficient technology for dewatering of food materials
  Dr V Stojceska, Dr A Chatzifragkou, Prof S Tassou
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Research Group. FOODBIOSYSTEMS BBSRC DTP. The food and beverage industry is the second highest energy-consuming sector in the UK that has experienced only modest reductions in energy usage over recent decades.
  Nanoparticles in drug delivery
  Dr G Stenbeck, Dr U Kishore
Applications accepted all year round

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Nanoparticles (NPs) are materials with overall dimensions in the nano scale range (5nm-100nm). Due to their unique physicochemical properties, they have found a wide range of applications and are currently explored as drug and gene delivery vehicles.
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