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Molecular Biology (metabolic engineering) PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships

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  BBSRC SWBio DTP studentship: Metabolic engineering in mint plants: increasing essential oil yields through genetic manipulation of biosynthetic pathways
  Dr S Scofield
Application Deadline: 2 December 2019

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This studentship is an excellent opportunity to become part of an international Global Challenges Research Fund project to enhance the yield of high-value essential oil compounds in Mentha (mint) plants in order to produce elite mint varieties for cultivation and commercial exploitation by local farming communities in rural Uganda.
  Characterising and repurposing cyanobacterial CO2-fixing organelles for metabolic engineering
  Prof LN Liu, Dr J Hartwell
Applications accepted all year round

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Compartmentalisation represents an effective strategy used by cells to enhance their activities. By creating physical barriers and compartments, cells sequester the metabolic pathways from the cellular milieu to allow controls of metabolic flux and toxic diffusion.
  (BBSRC DTP CASE) Microbial chassis engineering for next generation hydrocarbon biofuels manufacturing
  Prof N Scrutton, Dr S Hay
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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The development of economically viable microbial biofuels is a consequence of global concerns about reducing carbon emissions, dwindling fossil fuel supply and the development of cost effective renewable and sustainable bio-based strategies.
  Engineering Cupriavidus Necator H16 to Convert CO2/Waste Stream into Useful Chemicals Using a Synthetic Biology Approach
  Dr TS Wong
Applications accepted all year round

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This project falls under the umbrella of carbon capture and utilization (CCU), i.e., to turn a greenhouse gas CO2 into a useful feedstock for chemical syntheses.
  (UKM GUP) Microbial genome engineering for sustainable production of bioplastic
  Dr A B Ramzi
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Perennial use of fossil fuel-derived products has brought about alarming concerns of climate change and environmental pollution particularly the harmful effects of recalcitrant waste such as synthetic plastics to the surrounding ecosystem.
  (BBSRC DTP) Development of whole cell biocatalysts for biomass and plastic degradation
  Dr N Dixon, Prof N Scrutton, Dr A Green
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Two major societal challenges exist today i) how can we consumable more sustainably and ii) how can we minimise environmental contamination.
  The production of alcohols as commodity chemicals/ biofuels using yeast as a vehicle
  Prof M Ashe, Prof C M Grant, Dr J-M Schwartz, Dr J Winterburn
Applications accepted all year round

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Crude oil represents probably the most important natural resource to industrial nations. As well as fuel, crude oil is used to produce a host of chemicals that govern modern day life.
  EASTBIO Exploring the Untapped Chemical Potential of the Microbial World – a cellular and synthetic biology approach to organic synthesis
  Research Group: Institute of Quantitative Biology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology
  Dr S Wallace
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Synthetic biology is revolutionising the field of chemical synthesis. Using genetically modified microorganisms this approach enables the production of compounds of industrial importance (e.g.
  Synthetic Biology of the peroxisome
  Research Group: BBSRC White Rose DTP
  Prof A Baker, Dr S Warriner
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Compartmentalisation is a fundamental feature of eukaryotic cells and increases efficiency and complexity by segregating incompatible reactions and concentrating intermediates.
  Reprogramming stomatal behaviour to reduce water use in crops
  Prof L Sweetlove, Prof R G Ratcliffe
Application Deadline: 24 January 2020

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Future food security will depend on developing crop plants that are as efficient as possible in their utilisation of finite resources such as water.
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