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  Bioinformatics: investigating the molecular basis of symbiosis and adaptation in corals and related cnidarian model organisms.
  Prof M Aranda, Prof A Nagarajan
Applications accepted all year round

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We are currently seeking a highly motivated candidate with strong bioinformatics background to pursue Ph.D. Our group applies functional and comparative genomics techniques to investigate the molecular basis of symbiosis and adaptation in corals and related cnidarian model organisms.
  Adaptation to oxidative stress in hepatitis C virus persistence: the role of IRES-dependent translation.
  Dr S-W Chan, Prof R Ford
Applications accepted all year round

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Hepatitis C virus (HCV) causes a clinically important disease affecting 3% of the world population (Chan 2014). About 75% of the infection will develop into chronic hepatitis, which can then progress into fibrosis, cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma.
  Infectious disease and adaptation to global change
  Dr M Hall
Applications accepted all year round

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Global change is predicted to result in both rapidly changing environments and dramatic changes in disease outbreaks. Key to predicting winners and losers under the nexus of infection and global change is any mismatch between hosts and pathogens in their thermal tolerances and adaptive potential.
  Developmental Responses to Environmental Change
  Dr C Mirth
Applications accepted all year round

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The environment in which animals develop profoundly shapes their morphology and behaviour, a process known as phenotypic plasticity.
  Hormone regulation of fungal pathogenicity
  Dr R Hall
Application Deadline: 17 April 2020

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Candida albicans is an commensal yeast residing in the oral, gastrointestinal and urogenital tracks in up to 80% of the population.
  Conservation Genomics and Epigenomics of Fragmented and Declining Populations
  Prof L Beheregaray
Applications accepted all year round

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We are looking for a bright candidate for one PhD position associated with the project. “The evolutionary potential of fragmented and declining populations”.
  Molecular characterization of Cryptosporidium parvum anthroponosum – a new threat to world health. (TylerKU19SF)
  Dr K Tyler, Prof N Hall
Application Deadline: 31 May 2020

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Human cryptosporidiosis is the leading protozoan cause of diarrhoeal mortality worldwide, and most infection is caused by either person to person transmitted Cryptosporidium hominis or the presumptively zoonotic C.
  Precision Medicine DTP – Development of clinically relevant models of undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma using a genetic screening approach
  Research Group: Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre
  Prof V Brunton, Dr L Boulter, Dr M Taylor, Prof D M Salter
Application Deadline: 6 April 2020

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Background. Sarcomas are relatively uncommon cancers thought to arise from pluripotent mesenchymal stem cells. Undifferentiated pleomorphic soft tissue sarcoma (UPS), though one of the commonest sarcoma subtypes encountered, exemplify the limitations of historical progress in sarcoma therapy.
  Multilevel selection on transposition rates in cancer
  Dr L J Johnson
Applications accepted all year round

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Cancer is an evolutionary process. Cells in a tumour vary due to mutation, and so over many generations they adapt in response to both intrinsic selective pressures (such as anoxia) and extrinsic selective pressures (such as chemotherapy).
  Earthworms and sustainable agriculture
  Dr P J Watt
Applications accepted all year round

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Worldwide, soils are in a poor state, through erosion, compaction and the loss of organic carbon, and so it is essential that we manage them in order to maintain the productivity of agricultural land.
  The genetics/genomics of adaptive evolutionary change
  Dr N Nadeau
Applications accepted all year round

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The basic process of evolution by natural selection involves genetic changes that confer an advantage in survival or reproduction.
  The molecular basis of the success of bacterial pathogens.
  Dr M van der Woude, Prof G H Thomas
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020

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The success of a bacterial species depends on its ability to grow and survive in a changing and potentially hostile environment. This requires adaptation at both the single cell and population level.
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