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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.
  Nanoparticle conjugates for agricultural disease detection and diagnosis
  Dr L Wong, Prof J Micklefield
Applications accepted all year round

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Infectious diseases in plant crops present a significant socioeconomic burden globally, as they compromise the safety and reliability of food supply, as well as other agricultural products.
  (BBSRC DTP) Characterising the proteolytic network of plant cathepsin B
  Dr P Gallois, Dr A Day
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Programmed Cell Death (PCD) is a process that is critical to all organisms for development and defence against pathogens. The process of PCD in plants does not mirror what has been described in animal apoptosis and represents a novel alternative pathway still to be fully discovered.
  BactiVax (anti-Bacterial Innovative Vaccines) - PhD/Early Stage Researcher level
  Dr S McClean
Application Deadline: 31 December 2019

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Applications are invited for three-year PhD studentships to be funded by the Marie- Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network “BactiVax” within the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission.
  Clean Drinking Water with Femtosecond Holographic Coherent Spectroscopy
  Prof C Simpson, Prof N Broderick
Applications accepted all year round

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This 3-year PhD project is part of a grant funded by the New Zealand MBIE to develop a nonlinear spectroscopy and imaging system to sense water-borne contaminants (e.g.
  Replication and modelling of infectious respiratory droplets in humans and animals
  Dr D Hill, Prof T Tetley, Prof J P Reid
Application Deadline: 3 February 2020

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Applications are invited for a 4 year PhD studentship starting in Autumn 2020 as part of the EPSRC CDT in Aerosol Science. https://www.aerosol-cdt.ac.uk/how-to-apply/.
  BBSRC EASTBIO PhD Programme: Boosting the signal –defining the signal amplification complex during plant perception of the environment
  Dr P Hemsley, 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.
  BBSRC EASTBIO PhD Programme: Trimming the fat –identification of de-S-acylating enzymes from plants
  Dr P Hemsley, 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.
  China Scholarship Council - Regulating plant architecture and development through Receptor-like kinase S-acylation
  Dr P Hemsley, Prof P Birch
Application Deadline: 15 January 2020

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The School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee, joint with the China Scholarship Council (CSC), is proud to be able to offer a scholarship programme for postgraduate research students.
  China Scholarship Council: Developmental role of jasmonate in barley
  Dr S McKim, Dr J Bos
Application Deadline: 15 January 2020

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Most of our food calories come from cereal grain. The development of cereal plants strongly influences the amount of harvested grain or its yield.
  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.
  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.
  EASTBIO Understanding strawberry cell walls as a guide to breeding future-proof fruit genotypes (CASE project with Edward Vinson Ltd)
  Research Group: Institute of Molecular Plant Sciences
  Prof S C Fry, Prof D Uhrin
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Rationale. This project targets one of the BBSRC’s strategic priority areas. Bioscience for Sustainable Agriculture and Food; sub-theme Crops and soil.
  MVLS Doctoral Training Programme Studentships 2020

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 . APPLICATION DEADLINE. 20 JANUARY 2020. Stipend. £15,009 (2019/20 rate). Start Date. 1 October 2020. Fully funded. 3.5 years.
  Catching BAM in the act: a strategy for novel antibiotics?
  Research Group: BBSRC White Rose DTP
  Dr D Brockwell, Prof S E Radford, Prof N A Ranson
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Gram negative bacteria are important pathogens to both humans and livestock responsible for life-threatening opportunistic systemic hospital infections, respiratory and urinary tract infections and gastric ulcers.
  Mathematical Virology: A New Mathematical Approach to Viral Evolution Grounded in Experiment
  Research Group: Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology
  Prof P G Stockley
Applications accepted all year round

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Mathematical modelling of natural phenomena has the potential to be predictive but requires direct verification by experiment. Such models can then be very powerful indicators of our understanding and they permit in silico simulations of situations that are difficult to test experimentally.
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