About the Project
- application of phages to the control of bacterial pathogens and food spoilage organisms in fresh plant produce
- impact of phages on mutans streptococci in dental biofilms and, in so doing, develop phages as a tool to both understand and control oral biofilm development
- impact of phages on antimicrobial resistance and bacterial communities in wastewater treatment
- prospecting and analysis of phage-derived proteins with bactericidal/bacteriostatic effects on selected bacterial pathogens of relevance to human and animal health
A first degree (at least a 2.1) ideally in Microbiology/Molecualr Biology with a good fundamental knowledge of techniques used to study microorganisms
English Language requirement
IELTS score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the four components). Other, equivalent qualifications will be accepted. Full details of the University’s policy are available online.
Experience of fundamental microbiology laboratory skills
Competent in data analysis, MS Office
Knowledge of molecular biology
Good written and oral communication skills
Strong motivation, with evidence of independent research skills relevant to the project.
Good time management
Good numeracy and statistical skills; Bioinformatics
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Mathieu J, Yu P, Zuo P, Da Silva MLB and Alvarez PJJ (2019) Going viral: emerging opportunities for phage‐based bacterial control in water treatment and reuse. Acc Chem Res 52:849‐857
Moye ZD, Woolston J, and Sulakvelidze A (2018) Bacteriophage applications for food production and processing. Viruses 10(4). pii: E205. doi: 10.3390/v10040205
Salifu, SP, Casey SA and Foley, S. (2013) Isolation and characterisation of soilborne virulent bacteriophages infecting the pathogen Rhodococcus equi. J Appl Microbiol 114:1625‐1633
Salifu, S.P., Valero‐Rello, A., Campbell, S.A., Inglis, N.F., Scortti, M., Foley, S., and Vázquez‐Boland J.A. (2013) Genome and proteome analysis of phage E3 infecting the soil‐borne actinomycete Rhodococcus equi. Environ Microbiol Reports 5:170‐178
Svircev A, Roach D, and Castle A (2018) Framing the future with bacteriophages in agriculture. Viruses.10(5). pii: E218. doi: 10.3390/v10050218
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