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Organic Chemistry (synthetic biology) PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships

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  Protein nanocompartments for advanced enzymatic catalysis (PhD in Chemical and Synthetic Biology)
  Dr Y H Lau
Applications accepted all year round

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The University of Sydney is looking for outstanding candidates who are looking to apply for a PhD position in chemical and synthetic biology, in the group of Dr Yu Heng Lau (http://sydney.edu.au/science/people/yuheng.lau.php).
  Discovery and characterisation of new antibiotics from uncultivated microbes.
  Dr J Owen
Applications accepted all year round

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Recent developments in DNA sequencing technology have greatly enriched our understanding of the microbial world. By directly sequencing DNA extracted from communities of environmental microbes, we have been able to observe a hidden majority of microbial species that cannot be readily grown in the laboratory.
  Towards artificial signal transduction in living cells
  Dr S Webb
Applications accepted all year round

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The development of synthetic molecules able to transmit biochemical information across phospholipid bilayers could lead to a new type of synthetic biology, where the introduction of orthogonal signalling pathways leads to ‘short-circuiting’ of natural signalling networks in cells.
  Re-engineering the building blocks of bacterial natural product assembly lines.
  Prof MP Crump, Prof C L Willis, Dr P Race, Prof C Berger-Schaffitzel
Application Deadline: 2 December 2019

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Prof. Matthew Crump (School of Chemistry, University of Bristol). Prof. Chris Willis (School of Chemistry, University of Bristol).
  Discovering enzymes from plant alkaloid biosynthesis
  Dr B R Lichman, Dr W Unsworth
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Plants produce a variety of nitrogen-containing molecules known as alkaloids,. many of which are bioactive and used as medicines (e.g.
  (BBSRC DTP CASE) Discovery and Engineering of Expanded Halogenases for Late Stage Enzymatic Functionalisation
  Prof J Micklefield, Prof P Barran
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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The project aims to discover and engineer novel enzymes (biocatalysts) that can affect regioselective halogenation of complex molecules enabling more efficient and environmentally sustainable production of pharmaceuticals which are urgently required to combat disease.
  (BBSRC DTP) Discovery and Editing Pathways to New Antibiotics
  Prof J Micklefield, Prof D Leys, Dr A Green
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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There is an urgent need for new antibiotics. The majority of antibiotics that are used to treat infectious diseases today are small molecules produced by microorganisms, called natural products, or derivatives thereof.
  Elucidating plant alkaloid biosynthesis
  Dr B R Lichman, Dr W Unsworth
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020

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Plants are capable of forming complex natural products from simple starting materials. Many of these natural products are bioactive, but access is limited as they are difficult to synthesise using organic chemistry and are present in small quantities in the natural source.
  Feedback-responsive protocells
  Dr P Beales
Applications accepted all year round

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Feedback in chemical systems can give rise to clocks, bistable switches or oscillations; all of these features are employed by living cells in order to generate robust decisions and outputs while existing in a deafening background of thermodynamic noise.
  PhD in Chemical Biology -- Neuropeptide Research -- University of Vienna
  Prof M Muttenthaler
Applications accepted all year round

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Neuropeptides are key mediators in many biological functions and understanding their interaction with target proteins is fundamental to unravel the underlying mechanism of diseases.
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