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  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.
  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.
  Developing programmable DNA-guided endonucleases for genome engineering
  Prof M Mahfouz
Applications accepted all year round

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Bacterial and archaeal species are rich with proteins used for DNA processing or host defense. We aim to engineer some of these proteins and test their ability to generate double strand breaks in a programmed and site-specific fashion.
  Plant Stem Cell formation
  Prof T Laux
Applications accepted all year round

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We are seeking highly motivated candidates for a newly funded PhD position in plant embryo development. The goal is to investigate how the stem cells of the shoot meristem are formed during embryo development.
  Discovering enzymes from plant alkaloid biosynthesis
  Dr B R Lichman, Dr W Unsworth
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Plants produce a variety of nitrogen-containing molecules known as alkaloids,. many of which are bioactive and used as medicines (e.g.
  Mining Meadows: Exploring the metabolic diversity of UK plants (PATRONE20DTP2)
  Dr N Patron
Application Deadline: 25 November 2019

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Plants synthesize a multitude of specialised metabolites, many of which they use to provide protection against pests and pathogens, as attractants for beneficial insects, or to model their microbiomes.
  Sex pheromone metabolism in Coccoidea (PATRONE20DTP1)
  Dr N Patron
Application Deadline: 25 November 2019

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Sex pheromones are substances secreted by animals that elicit powerful attractant effects and mating stimuli on individuals of the same species.
  To divide or not? The importance of division to hair formation in plants. (MARTINJ20DTP)
  Prof C Martin
Application Deadline: 25 November 2019

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Multi-cellular hairs (trichomes) are important chemical factories in plants (producing flavours and fragrances) and provide them with protection against biotic and abiotic stresses.
  Elucidating plant alkaloid biosynthesis
  Dr B R Lichman, Dr W Unsworth
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020

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Plants are capable of forming complex natural products from simple starting materials. Many of these natural products are bioactive, but access is limited as they are difficult to synthesise using organic chemistry and are present in small quantities in the natural source.
  EASTBIO Targeted genome editing to replace nuclear-encoded Rubisco in rice
  Research Group: Institute of Molecular Plant Sciences
  Dr A McCormick
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Second Supervisor. Dr Elizabete Carmo-Silva, Lancaster University. Overview. Ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/ oxygenase (Rubisco) is the driving force behind CO2 assimilation in all plants.
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