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Immunology (infection biology) PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships

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  A proteomic map of host cell rewiring by pathogens
  Dr B Collins, Prof J Bengoechea, Dr G Schroeder
Application Deadline: 31 March 2020

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We aim to develop advanced methods in mass spectrometry-based proteomics and apply them to the question of how host cellular defences are manipulated by bacterial pathogens.
  Ph.D. Fellowship in Intestinal Innate Immunity and Host Defense Peptides
  Dr E Cobo
Applications accepted all year round

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RESEARCH. One Ph.D. position is available immediately at the University of Calgary, Canada to study gut innate immunity contributed by host defense peptides and immunoregulation in the epithelial and leukocyte cross-talking in response to microbial pathogens.
  Nucleic Acid Sensing During Virus Infection – Innate Immunity
  Dr J Rehwinkel
Application Deadline: 24 July 2020

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Virus infection is a constant threat to the cells of all living organisms. To counter this threat, cellular receptors detect virus presence and activate potent antiviral immune responses.
  Nucleic Acid Sensing During Virus Infection – Innate Immunity
  Dr J Rehwinkel
Application Deadline: 24 July 2020

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Virus infection is a constant threat to the cells of all living organisms. To counter this threat, cellular receptors detect virus presence and activate potent antiviral immune responses.
  Deciphering Aspergillus fumigatus - Pseudomonas aeruginosa synergistic interactions in coinfection
  Dr J Amich, Prof E Bignell, Dr S Fowler
Applications accepted all year round

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Pathogen-pathogen interactions in polymicrobial infections are known to directly impact, often to worsen, disease outcomes. Aspergillus fumigatus is the most common fungal pathogen and Pseudomonas aeruginosa one of the most prevalent bacterial pathogens of the human lung.
  (WIS) How food-borne Listeria monocytogenes overcomes the host defence mechanisms at the single cell level?
  Prof I Roberts, Dr P Paszek
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Pathogens have developed intricate ways to overcome the host’s immune system. In this proposal we will study the direct interaction of macrophages with the important food-borne bacterial pathogen Listeria monocytogenes that causes significant human morbidity and mortality.
  Understanding the role of DRAM in infection and autophagy-related disease
  Dr J King, Dr P Elks
Applications accepted all year round

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Intracellular degradation by lysosomes is important in a wide range of diseases. The capture and degradation of cytoplasmic components by autophagy allows tumour cells to survive starvation and neurons to remove the protein aggregates associated with neurodegeneration.
  Single-cell proteomic analysis of host-factor cleavage during norovirus infection
  Dr E Emmott, Dr M Iturriza
Applications accepted all year round

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Human norovirus is a major human pathogen, and the causative agent behind ‘winter vomiting disease’. Typically, infection is self-limited, causing diarrhoea and vomiting lasting from 24-72 hours.
  Investigating the Neuro-Immune axis of African trypanosomiasis
  Dr J Worthington, Dr L Jackson-Jones, Dr N Dawson, Dr M Urbaniak
Application Deadline: 2 March 2020

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A multi-disciplinary PhD project investigating the immune and neurological response to sleeping sickness is available within the Division of Biomedical and Life Sciences at Lancaster University.
  MRC DTP 4 Year PhD Programme: Defining the signalling pathways regulating intraepithelial lymphocytes in the gut
  Dr M Swamy, Dr I Moraga Gonzalez
Application Deadline: 13 March 2020

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This project is offered as part of the University of Dundee 4-year MRC DTP Programme “Quantitative and Interdisciplinary approaches to biomedical science”.
  Iron Biology
  Prof H Drakesmith, Dr O Bannard
Application Deadline: 24 July 2020

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We study how iron and anaemia influence immunity and infectious diseases. Our research inspires therapies that control iron physiology to improve immunity, combat infections and treat disorders of iron metabolism.
  Iron Biology
  Prof H Drakesmith, Dr O Bannard
Application Deadline: 24 July 2020

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We study how iron and anaemia influence immunity and infectious diseases. Our research inspires therapies that control iron physiology to improve immunity, combat infections and treat disorders of iron metabolism.
  Determining how immune responses are regulated at mucosal surfaces
  Prof M Travis, Prof D Thornton
Applications accepted all year round

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The immune system must be primed to quickly respond to infection, but must also be tightly regulated so it ignores harmless substances and our own tissues.
  Environmental control of dendritic cell activation and function during pulmonary type 2 inflammation
  Prof A MacDonald, Prof J Allen
Applications accepted all year round

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Type 2 inflammation is a defining feature of infection with parasitic worms (helminths), as well as being responsible for widespread suffering in allergies.
  Investigating the impact of chronic parasite infection on immune cell development
  Dr J Hewitson, Prof I Hitchcock
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020

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More than a quarter of the global population is infected with a parasitic worm, resulting in a range of diseases and pathologies.
  How does Vaccinia virus evade detection by the innate immune system?
  Dr L Unterholzner, Dr M Munir
Application Deadline: 2 March 2020

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Background. Most of our cells are able to detect when they have been infected by a virus.
  Defining strategies to promote immunity to multi-drug resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
  Dr L Prince
Applications accepted all year round

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Staphylococcus aureus is a highly successful pathogen that can circumvent many aspects of immunity. White blood cells, including neutrophils, are a critical defence against infection and yet S.
  The nanoscale organisation of immune cell surfaces in health and disease
  Prof D Davis
Applications accepted all year round

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Super-resolution microscopes, celebrated in the 2014 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, are one of the tools that allow us to study immune cells in unprecedented detail.
  The respiratory metagenome during exacerbations of asthma
  Prof N Papadopoulos, Prof D Robertson, Dr S Megremis
Applications accepted all year round

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Asthma is an international pandemic, with 10% or more of the global population having experience asthma symptoms some time in life.
  The contribution of human mast cells to innate functional memory in anti-bacterial responses
  Prof S Bulfone-Paus, Dr J Cavet
Applications accepted all year round

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In the recent years, it has become evident that after infection or vaccination innate immune cells have the capacity to adapt and modify the nature of their activities following a single immunostimulatory challenge and display a long-term functional memory.
  PhD Positions in Cancer Research

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Are you looking for excellent research opportunities for your PhD studies at the forefront of cancer research? The German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)…
  The role of pore-forming bacterial proteins in pneumonia and meningitis
  Prof T J Mitchell, Dr M Tomlinson
Applications accepted all year round

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The bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae (the pneumococcus) is carried in the nasopharynx of most children and some adults without causing disease.
  Targeting pathogen subversion of cellular ageing to combat antimicrobial-resistant typhoid fever
  Dr D Humphreys, Dr T Darton
Applications accepted all year round

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Antimicrobial-resistant typhoid fever is fuelled by chronic Salmonella carriage. The world faces epidemics of untreatable typhoid fever caused by antimicrobial-resistant strains of Salmonella Typhi (~27 million cases/year).
  Regulation of intestinal immune responses to commensal bacteria by innate lymphoid cells
  Dr M Hepworth, Prof K Else
Applications accepted all year round

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Commensal bacteria present in the gastrointestinal tract provide beneficial roles for the host, such as supporting nutrient metabolism.
  The Eco-Immunology of Wild Mice
  Prof M Viney
Applications accepted all year round

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The immune responses that wild animals make contribute to their fitness, but what those immune responses are – and how they differ from those of laboratory animals – is hardly known.
  (WIS) Cross-talk between T cells and intestinal epithelial cells: a new type of immune synapse.
  Prof D Davis, Prof M Travis
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Super-resolution and other state-of-the-art microscope techniques allow us to study immune cell activity in unprecedented detail.
  Defining the immune cells which best fight cancer
  Prof D Davis
Application Deadline: 4 March 2020

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Arguably, immune therapies for cancer are at a tipping point. The success of therapies for some patients with some types of cancer has made it clear that immunotherapies can work.
  Metals and host-pathogen interactions: the role of metal handling systems in the human gastrointestinal pathogen Campylobacter jejuni
  Dr J Cavet, Dr D Linton
Applications accepted all year round

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Campylobacter jejuni is a globally important food-borne pathogen causing an estimated 400-500 million cases of acute human gastroenteritis each year.
  MRC DTP 4 Year PhD Programme: Investigating mRNA cap regulation in pluripotency and differentiation
  Prof V Cowling, Prof T A Owen-hughes
Application Deadline: 13 March 2020

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This project is offered as part of the University of Dundee 4-year MRC DTP Programme “Quantitative and Interdisciplinary approaches to biomedical science”.
  MRC DTP 4 Year PhD Programme: Understanding the difference between inflammasome activation in neutrophils and macrophages
  Dr G Sollberger, Prof S Arthur
Application Deadline: 13 March 2020

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This project is offered as part of the University of Dundee 4-year MRC DTP Programme “Quantitative and Interdisciplinary approaches to biomedical science”.
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