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  Learning from the past to predict and reduce the risk of infectious disease pandemics
  Dr F Perez-Reche, Prof N Strachan
Applications accepted all year round

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The World Health Organisation reports that infectious diseases cause 63% of childhood deaths and 48% of premature deaths. There is the ongoing risk of epidemics and pandemics that can cause widespread morbidity and mortality (Spanish flu, ebola, SARS, E.
  QUADRAT DTP: Actions of early life endocrine-disrupting chemical exposure on adult fish health using the zebrafish model
  Prof S Martin, Prof G Hardiman
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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Landfills and other legacy waste sites in coastal zones are major sources of persistent organic pollutants (POPs), including polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs), Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), to transitional waters and marine environments.
  QUADRAT DTP: Conservation implications of variation in reproductive traits among fragmented populations of tropical forest trees
  Prof D Burslem, Dr P Caplat
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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The persistence of plant populations in fragmented landscapes is dependent on adequate gene flow via seed and pollen dispersal.
  QUADRAT DTP: Environmental ancient DNA analysis of Lateglacial and Early Holocene contexts in Ireland and Scotland
  Dr L Girdland Flink, Dr G Plunkett
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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This project aims to refine our understanding of Lateglacial and Early Holocene biodiversity and ecosystems in Scotland and Ireland using ancient DNA extracted from ancient sediments (sedimentary ancient DNA, or sedaDNA).
  QUADRAT DTP: Environmental change and the epidemiology of a multi-host pathogen: Leptospira in Africa
  Dr M Moseley, Prof E Morgan
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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Multi-host pathogens include some the most important pathogens of livestock and humans. These pathogens are maintained in complex ecological reservoirs that are comprised of epidemiologically connected animal host populations and environments (Viana et al., 2014).
  QUADRAT DTP: Functional parasite epigenomics and transcriptomics for improving honey-bee health in a global pollination crisis
  Dr M Wenzel, Dr C Meharg
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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Pollination is an immensely important ecosystem service that not only contributes to maintaining biodiversity in wild ecosystems but is also indispensable for meeting ever-increasing demands on agriculture to sustain global food security.
  QUADRAT DTP: Responses of fungal populations to habitat loss and creation: extinction debts and colonisation credits
  Prof J Travis, Prof M Emmerson
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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As habitat is lost due to land use change, species are lost from the landscape both locally and regionally. This loss of species does not all happen immediately and indeed, in some cases there can many years before some species eventually go extinct following land-use change.
  QUADRAT DTP: Speciation Dynamics in Wallacea: Implications for Conservation on Sulawesi
  Dr G Bocedi, Dr I Capellini
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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Wallacea has a unique fauna and flora characterised by incredibly high levels of biodiversity and endemism, and which is threatened by changing land use, exploitation and climate change.
  QUADRAT DTP: The cost of being a fussy eater – Oligolectic pollinators and environmental change
  Dr F Manfredini, Dr L Scott
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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Insect pollinators provide fundamental ecosystem services to natural and human-dominated communities. Different pollinators have different abilities to cope with environmental changes, due to differences in their behaviour, physiology and life-history traits.
  QUADRAT DTP: The genomic basis of environmental resilience and vertical zonation in the intertidal rocky shore
  Prof S Piertney, Dr S Helyar
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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The extreme environmental variation in salinity, temperature and pH that characterises the rocky shore during a tidal cycle has driven a raft of different physiological and behavioural adaptations among intertidal marine organisms to cope with abiotic stress.
  EASTBIO: Cetaceans - out of the box model for tackling obesity.
  Dr D Derous, Prof D Lusseau, Dr A Douglas, Dr D Houser
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Supervisors. Dr Davina Derous (University of Aberdeen). https://www.abdn.ac.uk/people/davina.derous/. Professor David Lusseau (University of Aberdeen).
  EASTBIO: Evolution of dispersal and host plant adaptation during range expansion in the global crop pest seed beetle Callosobruchus maculatus
  Dr G Bocedi, Dr L Lancaster, Prof MG Ritchie
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Supervisors. Dr Greta Bocedi (University of Aberdeen). https://www.abdn.ac.uk/people/greta.bocedi. Dr Lesley Lancaster (University of Aberdeen).
  EASTBIO: Functional genomics for understanding behaviour and learning in a single-celled brainless blob, the slime mould Physarum polycephalum
  Dr M Wenzel, Prof D Lusseau, Prof P Schaap
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Supervisors. Dr Marius Wenzel (University of Aberdeen). https://www.abdn.ac.uk/people/marius.wenzel. Professor David Lusseau (University of Aberdeen).
  EASTBIO: Origin and maintenance of plasticity in response to thermal stress in invasive and declining ants.
  Dr F Manfredini, Dr L Lancaster, Dr J Stockan, Dr N Bailey
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Supervisors. Dr Fabio Manfredini (University of Aberdeen). https://fmanfredini79.wixsite.com/manfredini. Dr Lesley Lancaster (University of Aberdeen).
  Immunogenetic Status of Salmonid Populations in Scotland
  Prof S Piertney, Dr M Wenzel, Dr D Morris, Dr J Gilbey
Application Deadline: 24 January 2020

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The genetic integrity of wild salmon in Scotland is being challenged by interaction with escaped farmed fish.
  EASTBIO: Determination of the function of inherited refractive error risk factor genes in the embryonic development of the eye.
  Prof L Erskine, Prof N Vargesson, Prof M Collinson
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Supervisors. Professor Lynda Erskine (University of Aberdeen). http://www.abdn.ac.uk/ims/profiles/l.erskine. Professor Neil Vargesson (University of Aberdeen).
  EASTBIO: Does Rif1 regulate meiotic DNA replication and recombination?
  Dr A Lorenz, Prof A Donaldson, Prof A Marston
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Supervisors. Dr Alexander Lorenz (University of Aberdeen). https://homepages.abdn.ac.uk/a.lorenz/pages/index.html. Professor Anne Donaldson (University of Aberdeen).
  EASTBIO: Recurrent evolution of a eukaryotic molecular trait: acquisition of polycistronic RNA processing.
  Dr J Pettitt, Dr B Mueller, Dr M Wenzel, Prof I Stansfield
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Supervisors. Dr Jonathan Pettitt (University of Aberdeen). https://www.aberdeenwormlab.org/. Dr Berndt Mueller (University of Aberdeen).
  Using CRISPR genome editing to determine the effects of obesity and hypertension associated polymorphisms
  Dr A MacKenzie, Prof M Delibegovic
Applications accepted all year round

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Introduction. There is now little doubt that morbid conditions such as obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes are mechanistically linked.
  Winter activity in the buff-tailed bumblebee (Bombus terrestris): how is diapause controlled in a commercially important pollinator?
  Research Group: Applied Ecology Research Group (AERG)
  Dr T Ings, Dr P Celis
Applications accepted all year round

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Research Group. Applied Ecology Research Group (AERG). https://www.anglia.ac.uk/science-and-engineering/research/institutes-and-groups/applied-ecology.
  Developing method to rationally design anti-cancer drug combinations
  Prof M Sherman
Applications accepted all year round

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Developing novel approaches towards Drug Repurposing and Personalized Medicine. My laboratory is seeking a highly motivated PhD student and a Postdoc to use genetic screens, pathway analysis and other tools to design safe and effective drug combinations.
  Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership (MIBTP) Funded PhD Studentships

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The Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership (MIBTP) is a BBSRC-funded doctoral training partnership between five research-intensive universities.
  Adapting to extreme environments: Hybridisation and the evolution of contemporary heavy metal tolerance
  Dr A. Papadopulos, Dr S Creer
Application Deadline: 17 January 2020

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Climate change, urbanisation and exploitation of natural resources increasingly alter the environment, posing significant challenges for plants and animals.
  Aerodynamic invasions: does the biomechanics of flight affect dispersal and genetic diversity in invasive species?
  Dr A Comeault, Dr K Crandell
Application Deadline: 17 January 2020

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Invasive species represent one of the most pressing threats to earth’s biodiversity. This ENVISION PhD studentship is an exciting opportunity to work at the interface of biomechanics and genomics to test timely questions in invasive species biology.
  Artificial skyglow impacts on the chronobiology of marine organisms
  Dr A Ellison, Dr S Jenkins
Application Deadline: 17 January 2020

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The ecological impact of artificial light at night has been a rapidly growing field of global change science in recent years.
  Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership (MIBTP) Funded PhD Studentships

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The Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership (MIBTP) is a BBSRC-funded doctoral training partnership between five research-intensive universities.
  London Interdisciplinary Biosciences Consortium (LIDo)

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 . The London Interdisciplinary Biosciences Consortium (LIDo) is an immensely successful collaborative partnership offering world-class interdisciplinary research across the breadth of BBSRC scientific remit.
  UCL-Birkbeck MRC Doctoral Training Programme across 4 strategic themes

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The UCL-Birkbeck MRC Doctoral Training Programme provides state-of-the-art PhD training across four strategic themes. Fundamental mechanisms of disease.
  Budding yeast as a model for sudden cardiac death
  Dr T Hoefken
Applications accepted all year round

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Sudden unexpected cardiac death is responsible for about half of all heart disease deaths. It is an unexpected death caused by a change in heart rhythm.
  Central Nervous system Gene therapy to treat obesity Bardet-Biedl Syndrome (BBS). Analysis of the BBS brain development
  Dr V Hernandez
Applications accepted all year round

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Bardet-Biedl syndrome (BBS) is a debilitating, often life-limiting heritable multisystem disorder caused by dysfunction of non-motile cilia (ciliopathy).
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