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Queen’s University Belfast, Institute for Global Food Security PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships

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  Adaptive management of stochastic parasite challenge in animals under climate change
  Prof E Morgan, Dr M Robinson
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Climate change is causing greater variation in conditions for parasite transmission, and increased unpredictability in disease outbreaks in farmed and other animals.
  Archaeal polyphosphate cycling: novel enzymes to drive new technologies
  Dr J Chin, Prof J Mcgrath
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Phosphorus is a globally important resource used particularly by the agricultural industry in fertiliser, enabling the growth of enough crops to feed the world’s increasing population.
  Diet mediated metabolic-inflammation – mechanistic insights
  Prof H Roche, Dr Q Su
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Metabolic-inflammation is a critical process that underpins obesity related disease including diabetes and cancer biology.
  Emerging Infectious Diseases – Surveillance and Biosecurity
  Dr N Marks, Dr P McVeigh
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. A continued increase in both the geographical range of existing pathogens and the transmission of novel pathogens into the human population poses a challenge for the effective control of emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) and biosecurity.
  Enhancing young people’s cooking and food skills to investigate impact on food engagement, knowledge, skill confidence and diet quality
  Prof M Dean, Prof C Elliott
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. The possession and application of cooking and food skills have numerous health benefits including a greater diet quality, weight control and even longevity of life.
  Evaluation of natural plant based botanicals as alternative to therapeutic antibiotics
  Dr C Situ
Applications accepted all year round

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It has become widely recognised that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the biggest health threats that mankind faces, encompassing huge health and economic burdens on governments and societies in every region of the globe.
  Explore novel feeding strategies to reduce ammonia emissions from ruminants and improve their productivity
  Dr K Theodoridou, Dr G Arnott
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Agriculture is the dominant source of ammonia (NH3) emissions in N. Ireland, across the UK and throughout the world.
  Exposing drivers for parasite growth and virulence at the single cell level
  Prof A Maule, Dr P McVeigh, Dr N Marks
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Parasites infect one third of the human population, causing staggering levels of morbidity. They also blight food production systems by undermining plant and animal health globally.
  Flavonoid metabolism and cardiometabolic health
  Prof A Cassidy, Prof J Woodside
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Nutrition and reduction in risk of ill-health is currently centre stage globally, and the recent launch of the EAT-Lancet report showcased that food represents one of the greatest health and environmental challenges of the 21st century and highlighted the urgent need to focus on a high plant food diet.
  Food fraud risks in UK supply chain networks
  Prof S van Ruth, Prof GE Ellison, Prof C Elliott
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Food supply networks are flooded within increasingly varied, sophisticated, and dangerous fraud schemes.
  Gene mining useful biocatalysts from paleosols
  Prof C Allen, Dr C Law
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Paleosols are often sediments that are relatively unaffected by the Anthropocene. While there is much research on the microbial community structure found in urban and agricultural soils, these relatively undisturbed soils are very different in a geological and physical context.
  Genome scale evolution of biofilm contained Klebsiella pneumoniae in response to sub-lethal antibacterial stress exposure - development of novel biomarkers for near-patient testing
  Prof S Fanning, Prof B Gilmore
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Klebsiella pneumoniae is an opportunistic pathogenic bacterium found in several niches, being often encountered in a biofilm.
  How does biodiversity contribute to multiple forms of stability in stressed marine invertebrate communities?
  Prof M Emmerson, Dr S Helyar, Dr P Caplat
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. We now know that biodiversity is important because different species simultaneously contribute to multiple ecosystem processes through time and space (Gamfeldt et al.
  How does Clostridium difficile control the gut microbiome? Molecular dissection of nutrient control strategies
  Prof G McMullan, Dr B Graham, Prof J Mcgrath
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Clostridium difficile is a Gram positive, spore forming, anaerobic bacterium that is the main cause of hospital-acquired and antibiotic-associated diarrhoea.
  Influence of farm hygiene standards and management practices on Johne’s disease progression in selected NI dairy herds
  Prof I Grant, Prof N O'Connell
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Johne’s disease is present in dairy herds in Northern Ireland. However, the true herd prevalence is uncertain, and probably underestimated, because currently used diagnostic tests lack sensitivity.
  Innovative Diagnostics for Helminth Parasite Infections
  Dr P McVeigh, Dr N Marks
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Helminth (worm) parasites cause ill health and poor productivity in farm animals worldwide. Control relies largely on anthelmintic drugs, either applied en masse to entire herds based on perceived infection risk, or guided by treatment decisions made using sub-optimal diagnostic tests.
  Investigating how the levels of queuine, a novel micronutrient, are associated with human ageing and brain health
  Dr B Green, Prof G Hardiman
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Queuine is the only micronutrient that directly affects translation efficiency and accuracy in eukaryotes, with roles in metabolism and healthy-aging of the brain.
  Investigation and exploration of health and therapeutic benefits of plant-derived secondary metabolites
  Dr C Situ, Prof J Bengoechea
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Plants and their products have revolutionarily shaped human development throughout history. The traditional plant-based medicine continues to play an essential role in the treatment of disease and in healthcare systems in many parts the world.
  Low-cost and rapid paper-based microfluidics for the detection of irradiated foods
  Dr C Cao, Prof C Elliott
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Irradiations have been exploited as a preservation technique to eliminate indigenous microflora, thereby extending shelf-life of foods.
  Mast cell dysregulation? Understanding the development of mastocytosis
  Dr C Graham, Dr B Graham, Prof C Creevey
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Mastocytosis is a myeloproliferative disease characterised by the accumulation of neoplastic mast cells in one or several organs that can result in organ failure.
  Microbial interactions in unique chemosynthetic ecosystems –an integrated ‘Omic approach
  Dr D Kumaresan, Prof J Mcgrath, Dr R Doherty
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Despite the lack of photosynthetically-fixed carbon, the Movile Cave ecosystem hosts a diverse range of invertebrates.
  MicroRNAs in the Pathogenesis Adverse Cardiomyocyte and Endothelial Cell Remodelling in Insulin Resistance
  Dr Q Su, Dr D Grieve
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Lipogenic diets-induced diabetes increases risk of cardiac stress and vascular dysfunction. Recent studies have established the pivotal role of non-coding microRNAs in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease (CVD).
  Mosquito control using native predators and other novel environmentally friendly methodologies
  Prof J Dick, Dr D Jennings
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Mosquitoes cause unparalleled mortality in human/animal populations through vectoring of pathogens/parasites. Biological control of mosquitoes has often failed due to use of exotic species agents and lack of effective research on complex species interactions.
  Optimising behaviour change initiatives for food waste prevention
  Prof A Longo, Prof G Hutchinson
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Annually, an estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of food for human consumption is wasted worldwide, or one third of total food production.
  Quantifying the effects of environmental change using multi-level phylogenetically controlled meta-analyses
  Dr H Kunc, Dr D Jennings
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Anthropogenically driven environmental changes affect our planet at an unprecedented scale and are considered to be a key threat to a sustainable future.
  Rewiring of host cell protein complexes by pathogen effectors - mass spectrometry-based methods and applications in infection biology
  Dr B Collins, Prof J Bengoechea, Dr G Schroeder
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Bacterial pathogens, such as Klebsiella pneumoniae and Legionella pneumophila, residing inside host immune cells such as macrophages, must subvert host cell defences in order to avoid destruction.
  SAFENUT: Cold plasma as an Intervention technology to ensure a safe and nutritious groundnut supply
  Prof P Bourke, Prof C Elliott, Prof B Gilmore
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L., Peanut) is an important oilseed and food crop, playing a significant role in global food and nutrition security as a source of non-animal protein.
  Schistosome blood flukes and bacteria: How pathogens interact with other pathogens, and the host
  Dr G Gobert, Dr J Megaw
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Parasitic schistosome flukes reside in the blood stream of the host, causing significant chronic disease in hundreds of millions of people in tropical and sub-tropical countries.
  Sleep in the wild: reproductive benefits and health costs of natural sleep deprivation in fallow deer
  Dr I Capellini, Prof E Morgan
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Like us, animals sleep. When sleeping, animals do not perform any of the activities that enhance their chance of survival or reproduction, such as feeding, finding mates or raising offspring.
  Sustainable Wildlife Management: Socio-Economics Drivers & Implications of Conservation
  Dr M Bozzola, Dr J Houghton
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Wildlife conservation of endangered species has been a growing concern all over the world, as human populations grow and their need for space and resources multiplies.
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