Affordable ligand-based electrochemical detection of bacterial toxins

   School of Chemistry

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  Dr F Fernandez-Trillo, Dr P Rodriguez  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Infectious diseases are one of the biggest challenges to human health, a problem that has been exacerbated in recent years with the appearance of bacterial strains that have developed resistance to most common antibiotics. Early detection of microbial infection has become an important focus of research in order to provide early and efficient treatment. Traditional microbiological methods for detecting and identifying pathogens are laborious and require skilled personnel, presenting a barrier to rapid point of use. Additionally, bacterial niches are complex environments where many bacterial species coexist.
In this project we will investigate the synthesis and application of novel affordable sensors to the detection of microbial pathogens. These materials will be able to deliver simple, accurate and reliable diagnosis of relevant human pathogens. This project is highly multidisciplinary and involves a collaboration between the University of Birmingham (Dr F. Fernandez-Trillo and Dr P. Rodriguez) and the University of Warwick (Dr M. I. Gibson)
For further details about the project, please contact Dr Fernandez-Trillo ([Email Address Removed]).

Funding Notes

This studentship is competition funded by the BBSRC MIBTP scheme:
Stipend: £ 13,726 per annum (plus £600 travel allowance in year 1, and a MacBook Pro)
The Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership (MIBTP) is a BBSRC-funded doctoral training partnership between the universities of Warwick, Birmingham and Leicester. It delivers innovative, world-class research training across the Life Sciences to boost the growing Bioeconomy across the UK.
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