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University of York, Department of Biology PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships

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  Advancing our understanding of fundamental cellular processes by investigating membrane contact sites.
  Dr P Pryor, Dr C G Baumann
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020

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An emerging, exciting area of research is that of membrane contact site (MCS) biology.
  Ants as ecosystem engineers: the interaction between niche construction and land management
  Dr EJH Robinson, Dr K Redeker, Dr C Hawke
Application Deadline: 8 January 2020

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We are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious student to develop an exciting. project that will use applied field experiments to quantify the relationship.
  Application of machine learning to establish epigenetic regulators in breast and bladder epithelial tissue
  Dr AN Holding, Prof J Southgate
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Epigenetics. modifications to DNA and histones that change the expression. of genes but do not alter the code of the genes, are critical to the.
  Behavioural Mechanisms Driving Collective Smothering in Hens
  Dr D Franks, Dr EJH Robinson
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020

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Understanding the qualities of captive environments that cause abnormal behaviour has been a major topic in animal welfare. However, smothering - a type of abnormal behaviour in hens - has received little study to date.
  Biochemical mechanism controlling bacterial evasion of human inflammasome
  Dr D Boucher, Dr M van der Woude
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Your body is constantly targeted by pathogens like Salmonella, a food-borne. pathogen. Immune cells recognize and protect your body against infections.
  Caught in a Venus flytrap: investigating the segregation dynamics of a multidrug resistance plasmid
  Dr D Barilla, Dr M Hawkins
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020

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Bacterial multidrug resistance is a growing burden on human health worldwide. Large, low copy number plasmids carrying resistance genes shuttle easily from cell to cell in bacterial populations, causing intra-species and inter-species spreading of antibiotic resistance.
  Characterization the role RNA interaction in TDP-43 protein dynamic in neurons
  Dr HJ Chen, Dr M Plevin
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) play an important role in the neuronal system. Dysregulation of RBPs caused by cellular stress or disrupted protein.
  Combining the strengths of competing automated protein model building tools through open research
  Dr K D Cowtan, Prof A A Antson
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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A PhD position is available to work in the group of Dr Kevin Cowtan on computational methods for automatic building of protein structures.
  Comparative analysis of carbon assimilation pathways in key species of marine phytoplankton
  Dr T Tonon, Dr L Mackinder
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020

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Seas and oceans cover more than 70% of our planet, contribute to half of the primary production on Earth, and are responsible for cycling half of the carbon fixed by living organisms.
  Cooperative, non-specific binding and aggregation in protein/RNAinteractions: Beyond stoichiometry, specificity, and discrete binding sites
  Dr M Plevin, Dr S Shimizu
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Interactions between biomolecules are typically considered to be both. specific and stoichiometric. Even in cases of multiple binding sites,.
  Deciphering algal metabolism of key marine chemicals involved in the sulfur biogeochemical cycle
  Dr T Tonon, Prof S J McQueen-Mason
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Marine ecosystems play major role in the biogeochemical cycling of several chemical elements, including sulfur. This is due to the metabolism of two key compounds, dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP) and dimethyl sulfide (DMS).
  Designing a microbial platform for the biorefinery of Sargassum (brown algae) golden tides
  Dr T Tonon, Prof S J McQueen-Mason
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Oceans are the largest untapped growth opportunity for biomass. As an. illustration, golden tides due to the massive beaching of floating Sargassum.
  Developing phage therapy to control plant pathogenic bacteria in the rhizosphere microbiome
  Dr V Friman
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020

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Plant pathogenic bacteria cause considerable economic losses to food production systems. The main reason for this is that hardly any effective control methods exist to mitigate this damage.
  Development of magnetic nanoparticles for in vivo tissue regeneration
  Dr D Ungar, Prof P G Genever
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020

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The regeneration of injured tissues can best be achieved through the action of appropriate stem cells that proliferate and differentiate to heal the injury.
  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.
  Dissecting quantitative variation in the plant circadian clock
  Prof S J Davis, Dr D Ezer, Dr M Knight
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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The seasonal timing of growth is critical for plant performance. The circadian. clock holds a key place in such seasonal adjustment as crop adaptation to new.
  Dissecting the mechanisms underlying sleep disturbances in Parkinson’s Disease
  Dr S Chawla, Dr C J H Elliott
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020

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Ageing and neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson’s, are characterized by a progressive loss of neurons in particular brain regions leading to characteristic behavioural changes including cognitive decline and sleep disruption.
  Does plant pathogen adaptation in environmental reservoirs and secondary host affect its virulence and risk for transmission?
  Dr V Friman, Prof M Brockhurst, Dr D Jeffares
Application Deadline: 8 January 2020

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Even though opportunistic plant pathogens must survive in various natural. environments during transmission between hosts, this crucial part of their life-.
  Ecological and evolutionary interactions in insect symbiont communities
  Dr J Ferrari
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020

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Most organisms host bacterial symbionts, which can substantially affect the biology of their hosts. For example, they can alter the host’s nutrition, reproduction, immunity and protect the host from environmental stresses.
  Ecological communities in a changing environment
  Prof C Dytham, Dr M van der Woude, Dr A J Wood
Application Deadline: 8 January 2020

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In an era of rapid environmental change predicting the future of ecological communities is vital if mitigation or adaptation is to be successful.
  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.
  Evolutionary acceleration in the Anthropocene
  Dr K Dasmahapatra, Prof C Thomas
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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A PhD position is available to investigate whether rates of evolution, hybridisation and speciation have been accelerating during the Anthropocene.
  Examining climate change impacts on tropical butterflies
  Prof J K Hill, Dr I Kitching, Dr C Beale
Application Deadline: 8 January 2020

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Climate change is resulting in many species shifting their ranges, altering. community composition at sites as some species colonise and other go.
  Functional analysis of CIZ1
  Prof D Coverley
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020

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We are interested in the structure, function and disease implications of the CIZ1 protein, and related factors involved in organisation of the mammalian cell nucleus.
  Gaming the system: how bacterial pathogens steal food from commensals
  Prof G H Thomas, Prof A J Wilkinson, Dr M van der Woude
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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The mammalian gut is a complex environment where communities of bacteria. live together creating a robust microflora that protects us from infections.
  Homeostatic mechanisms in human urothelium: balancing of tissue regeneration and differentiation with implications for regenerative medicine and cancer
  Prof J Southgate
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020

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The urothelium is the self-regenerating epithelium that lines the bladder, where it is highly specialised to function as a urinary barrier.
  How does soil microbial diversity impact upon above-ground drought tolerance in plants?
  Dr A Hodge, Dr J Ferrari, Prof J Gray
Application Deadline: 8 January 2020

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Microbes perform several key roles in soils including in the supply of many. nutrients through the degradation of soil organic matter, and can contribute to.
  Improving arsenic tolerance in rice
  Prof F J M Maathuis, Dr H V Isaacs
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020

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Arsenic (As) is an extremely toxic metalloid, which occurs ubiquitously in nature but is particularly prevalent in South-East Asia.
  Investigating Leishmania mRNP granule dynamics and formation
  Dr P B Walrad, Dr M Plevin
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Leishmaniasis is the second deadliest parasitic disease with over 1.2M new. cases each year across 98 countries. The Walrad and Plevin labs are long.
  Investigating the impact of chaperone activation on tauopathy in Alzheimer’s Disease
  Dr HJ Chen, Dr M Plevin
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Dementia is an age-linked progressive disorder that affects around 850,000 people in the UK. Causing a substantial economic and social impact, it presents one of the toughest medical challenges with no effective therapy available for the disease.
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