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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in BioDesign Engineering

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in BioDesign Engineering

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in BioDesign Engineering aims to train the next generation of leaders at the interface of biology, engineering and data science. The CDT will have an integrative training programme that covers experimentation, automation, coding, data science and entrepreneurship applied to the design, realisation and optimisation of novel biological systems for diverse applications.

The CDT is being led by Imperial College with the University of Manchester and University College London as partners.

All students will undertake the MRes in Systems and Synthetic Biology at Imperial College in their first year, with an extended project at the lead-supervisor institution, followed by a 3 year PhD registration in that host institution.

Our aim is to build an inclusive cohort of students with diverse skillsets from life sciences, engineering and physical/computational backgrounds. We therefore encourage applications from students that reflect this diversity.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in BioDesign Engineering

The CDT now invites applications for the following projects:

  1. Designing next-generation therapeutics for atopic eczema by controlling skin microbiome
    Lead supervisor Dr R. Tanaka (Imperial College London)
  2. Synthetic metabolic exchange for enhanced sustainability of agriculture
    Lead supervisor Dr P. Jones (Imperial College London)
  3. Using cell free systems and machine learning to prototype engineered protein designs
    Lead supervisor Prof P. Freemont (Imperial College London)
  4. Engineering industrially relevant traits in the farmed insect Hermetia illucens
    Lead supervisor Dr N. Windbichler (Imperial College London)
  5. A modular protein engineering toolkit
    Lead supervisor Dr J. Murray (Imperial College London)
  6. Engineering novel bacterial therapies for targeting microbes associated with chemotherapy response and toxicity
    Lead supervisor Prof C. Barnes (University College London)
  7. Alkaloids synthesis via enzymatic cascades
    Lead supervisor Prof H. Hailes (University College London)
  8. Engineering an HIV Synthetic Biology Sensor (HIVSynse)
    Lead supervisor Dr M. Thomas (University College London)
  9. Genome scrambling and biosensor technologies for production of high value chemicals in synthetic yeast ([email protected])
    Lead supervisor Prof J. Micklefield (University of Manchester)
  10. Design, engineering, and analysis of viability, growth and bioproduction impact of synthetic ribosomal RNAs in yeast
    Prof P. Cai (University of Manchester)
  11. Biodesign and Engineering of Functionalized Spider Silk Variants
    Lead supervisor Prof R. Breitling (University of Manchester)

Further information the projects and the application process can be found online at:\synthetic-biology\cdt-biodesign-engineering.

The closing date for applications is strictly 23:00 GMT on Sunday 26th January 2020.

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