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University of Birmingham Microbiology PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships

We have 14 University of Birmingham Microbiology PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships

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  Elucidating the emergence of multi-drug resistant Enterococcus faecium
  Prof W Van Schaik, Dr A McNally
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The Gram-positive bacterium Enterococcus faecium is a commensal of the intestinal tract of humans and animals. However, over the last two decades a clone of E.
  Evolution of multi-drug resistant gram negative clones
  Dr A McNally, Prof W Van Schaik
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Increasing antibiotic resistance in bacterial infections is a serious threat to modern medicine, so understanding why some bacteria become resistant to multiple antibiotics whereas others do not is an important challenge for microbiologists, doctors and vets.
  The role of Efflux in Antibiotic Resistance of Clinically Relevant Pathogens
  Dr J Blair
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Antibiotics underpin all of modern medicine; they are used to treat bacterial infections, and to prevent infections after surgery and in patients with a suppressed immune system such as those undergoing cancer chemotherapy or organ transplantation.
  The role of pore-forming bacterial proteins in pneumonia and meningitis
  Prof T J Mitchell, Dr M Tomlinson
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The bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae (the pneumococcus) is carried in the nasopharynx of most children and some adults without causing disease.
  Understanding and combatting antimicrobial resistance plasmids
  Dr M Buckner, Dr J Blair
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Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a major crisis for human medicine. Globally, untreatable bacterial infections are rapidly increasing, leaving us with limited treatment options.
  Elucidating the pathobiology of Candida albicans
  Dr R Hall
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The Hall lab is interested in understanding the biology and virulence factors of fungal pathogens. Our research largely focuses on the opportunistic fungal pathogen Candida albicans, which causes a range of infections from superficial mucosal infections (i.e.
  Eukaryotic gene expression: understanding the role of UPF1 in global mRNA processing and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  Dr S Brogna
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This project’s specific objective is to study the molecular role(s) that the RNA helicase UPF1 plays in RNA processing. UPF1 is a key player in nonsense-mediated mRNA decay (NMD), it is universally conserved in eukaryotes and is essential to the development of many organisms [1].
  Integrated mathematical modelling and experimental research into interactions between microorganisms
  Dr J U Kreft
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Our group aims to combine theoretical & experimental approaches to understand major problems in the ecology and evolution of microbes.
  Investigating the influence of polyploidy on the evolution of a major human fungal pathogen
  Dr E Ballou
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The human fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans undergoes an unusual morphological transition from haploid yeast to highly polyploid Titan cells during infection of the human host.
  Statistical and Molecular Genetics of Complex Traits
  Prof Z Luo
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Most characters of any living organism are polygenically controlled and environmentally modified, including those threatening human health and those important in breeding for high yield, better quality and improved adaption of animals, plants and microbes.
  Structure and Function Studies on Proteins from Predatory Bacteria
  Dr A Lovering
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Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus is a small predatory bacterium able to invade and kill many different Gram-negative bacterial prey (including human, animal and crop pathogens; e.g.
  Structure, Function and Biogenesis of the Mycobacterial Cell Wall
  Prof G Besra
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There has been no significant decrease in worldwide mortality due to tuberculosis (TB) since before the time of Koch; the advent of sanatoria and chemotherapy, which drastically reduced TB in the more developed countries, has had no profound effect on the global problem.
  Developing novel bioactive restorative materials
  Dr J Camilleri, Dr M Milward, Prof PR Cooper
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This work will focus on gingival recession and the use of smart dental material in order to mitigate it. Gingival recession is prevalent in the adult population with studies suggesting that approximately 50% of the population has one or more recession defects this increases to 88% in over 65 year olds.
  Establishing a Scientific-Evidence Base for a Paradigm Shift for Regenerative Clinical Dentistry
  Dr J Camilleri
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Management of diseases to the dental pulp is undertaken clinically using protocols that are historical and have no scientific background.
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