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University of Reading Microbiology PhD Projects

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  Prebiotics and synbiotics for human health - converting biomass into functional food ingredients
  Prof R Rastall
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Prof. Rastall is interested in research in the area of prebiotic oligosaccharides, synbiotic combinations with probiotics and the impact of structure on the gut fermentation of carbohydrates.
  The Gut Microbiota and Colorectal Surgery
  Dr M Lewis, Prof S C Andrews
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"Background. Antibiotic use prior to and following colorectal surgery is conventional practice, and is aimed at reducing the incidence of postoperative infection which is a major risk of such surgery.
  Campylobacter genomics: host specific phenotypes and antibiotic resistance in the farmyard
  Dr S MacIntyre
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Campylobacteriosis is the primary cause of bacterial induced gastroenteritis in the UK. Contaminated retail poultry and meat is recognised as a primary source of infection.
  Developing a virus-like particle (VLP) Polio vaccine
  Dr G Mulley
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Rationale. Poliovirus is a non-enveloped RNA virus, spread via the faecal-oral route, that causes the infectious disease Poliomyelitis (Polio).
  Forensic acarology: the importance of mites in forensic investigations
  Dr M A Perotti
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Forensic acarology. the utility/contribution of mites in criminal investigations, in illegal trade, in cases of human and animal neglect, etc.
  Interactions between introduced tree species and native mycorrhizal fungi in the UK
  Dr BJ Pickles
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"Mycorrhizal symbioses are one of the most extensive and important biotic interactions in terrestrial ecosystems, typically providing plants with improved access to nutrients in exchange for carbohydrates produced via photosynthesis.
  Investigating the molecular basis of bacterial pathogenicity of invertebrates
  Prof R W Jackson
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Pseudomonas syringae bacteria are common within the environment and can infect a wide range of plant species. These bacteria employ a diverse arsenal of virulence factors to attack plants.
  Microbiology and ecology of microbes in our rivers - their niche distribution and functional implications
  Dr S Gweon
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"The distributions of microorganisms in our rivers and their interactions play an important role to environment and human health.
  Molecular-genetic analysis of intra- and extra-cellular iron reduction systems in bacteria: role in gut colonisation and utilisation of dietary iron sources.
  Prof S C Andrews
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The innate immune defense systems respond to bacterial infection by reducing the amount of available iron in order to restrict bacterial growth.
  Silver ion-based antimicrobials: mechanisms of toxicity and resistance
  Dr G Mulley, Prof S C Andrews
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"The emergence and persistence of bacterial strains with resistance to multiple classes of antibiotics has led to renewed interest in the antimicrobial properties of silver ions.
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