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University of Leicester, Department of Genetics and Genome Biology PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships

We have 18 University of Leicester, Department of Genetics and Genome Biology PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships

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  Bacteriophages
  Dr A Millard, Prof M Clokie
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Bacteriophages are the most abundant entity on the planet and are known to drive the evolution of their bacterial hosts. Bacteriophages are known to convert harmless bacteria into pathogens by a process known as phage conversion.
  Cancer evolution: Genomics of the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma
  Dr E Hollox
Applications accepted all year round

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Cancer genome sequences show that cancer is a highly heterogeneous disease, with each patient having a unique mutational profile.
  Characterising Clostridium difficile defence strategies against bacteriophages
  Prof M Clokie, Dr A Millard
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Background. Healthcare associated infections are a major problem for patients and a global health challenge.
  Determining the epidemiology and molecular evolution of antimicrobial drug resistance in Cape Verde
  Dr S Beleza, Prof MR Oggioni
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Cape Verde is an archipelago located 450 km off the coast of Senegal, that was found uninhabited by the Portuguese in the mid-15th century.
  Epigenetics in the microbial world
  Prof M Oggioni, Dr A Morozov
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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New technologies have opened a whole new world relative to non-genetic epigenetic mechanisms for gene regulation both in eukaryotes and prokaryotes.
  Exploring the functional and pathological relevance of DJ-1 phosphorylation
  Prof F Giorgini
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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DJ-1 is a small conserved protein of 189 residues which is ubiquitously expressed and primarily localized to the cytoplasm, but also found in the nucleus and associated with mitochondria.
  Genome association studies to detect genetic determinants of virulence traits of invasive meningococcal disease isolates with age stratification
  Dr C D Bayliss
Applications accepted all year round

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Neisseria meningitidis is the major cause of bacterial meningitis but is also widespread as an asymptomatic coloniser of human oropharyngeal tissues.
  Molecular mechanisms of genomic imprinting in an insect
  Dr E Mallon, Dr C Tufarelli, Dr E Rosato
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Genomic imprinting is a phylogenetically widespread phenomenon, and genes have been shown to be imprinted in mammals, plants, and fungi, as well as insects.
  Network interactions shape the circadian clock in Drosophila melanogaster
  Dr E Rosato, Prof C P Kyriacou
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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The circadian clock is an endogenous mechanism that synchronizes almost all behaviour and physiology with the Earth’s 24 hour environmental cycles.
  Plant and crop fertility: the evolution and impact of gene control networks
  Research Group: Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership (MIBTP)
  Prof D Twell, Dr R Badge
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Plant fertility is vitally dependent upon sexual reproduction and the differentiation of the male (sperm) and female (egg) gametes.
  Role of metal resistance in foodborne bacterial disease
  Dr J Morrissey, Prof J M Ketley
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Foodborne infectious diseases are frequent and growing public health problems worldwide (World Health Organisation).
  Role of the microbiome in neurodegenerative disease
  Prof J Ketley, Prof F Giorgini
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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The human microbiome is essential for human health as it is crucial for the development of immunity, tissue development, host metabolism and protection from various infectious diseases.
  Structural and functional analysis of the meiotic synaptonemal complex
  Research Group: Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership (MIBTP)
  Dr J Higgins, Prof E Louis
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Meiotic recombination generates novel allelic combinations and is required for normal fertility in sexually reproducing organisms.
  The effect of air pollution on the behaviour of bacteria
  Dr J Morrissey, Prof J Ketley, Prof P W Andrew, Prof P Monks
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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This project is at the cutting edge of investigations of the increase in infection resulting from airborne pollution. Air pollution is the world’s largest single environmental health risk, being responsible for an eighth of all global deaths per year (World Health Organisation, 2017).
  The effect of air pollution on the interaction between bacteria and bacteriophage
  Dr J Morrissey, Prof M Clokie, Dr A Millard
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Air pollution is the world’s largest single environmental health risk, being responsible for an eighth of all global deaths per year (World Health Organisation, 2017).
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