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Biology and genetics of reproduction in filamentous fungi


School of Life Sciences

About the Project

Filamentous fungi are of importance in the food, industrial and medical sectors and have important roles in the ecology of natural ecosystems. This project aims firstly to gain knowledge relating to the physiological and molecular-genetic mechanisms controlling reproduction in fungi. This is especially as applied to the evolution and regulation of sexual reproduction in ascomycete fungi such as Aspergillus and Penicillium species, and also lichen-forming fungi. It is hoped that an improved understanding of mechanisms underlying sex and mating will lead to new strategies for strain improvement and the control of fungal diseases. Secondly, this project aims to use the sexual cycle to study the biology of genetic traits of interest relating to fungicide resistance, food production and production of industrial metabolites of interest. A combination of classical microbiology and genetics and modern molecular and genomic techniques are being used in these investigations.

The University of Nottingham is one of the world’s most respected research-intensive universities, ranked 8th in the UK for research power (REF 2014). Students studying in the School of Life Sciences will have the opportunity to thrive in a vibrant, multidisciplinary environment, with expert supervision from leaders in their field, state-of-the-art facilities and strong links with industry. Students are closely monitored in terms of their personal and professional progression throughout their study period and are assigned academic mentors in addition to their supervisory team. The School provides structured training as a fundamental part of postgraduate personal development and our training programme enables students to develop skills across the four domains of the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF). During their studies, students will also have the opportunity to attend and present at conferences around the world. The School puts strong emphasis on the promotion of postgraduate research with a 2-day annual PhD research symposium attended by all students, plus academic staff and invited speakers.

Funding Notes

Home applicants should contact the supervisor to determine the current funding status for this project. EU applicants should visit the Graduate School webpages for information on specific EU scholarships View Website. International applicants should visit our International Research Scholarships page for information regarding fees and funding at the University View Website.

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