About the Project
Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) is a polymeric microbial storage material produced by numerous prokaryotes. PHA-based bioplastics is biodegradable and can substitute many of the major plastics because of its large variety. One of Nature’s most successful PHA producers is Cupriavidus necator, a soil bacterium that accumulates polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) up to 90% of its cell dry mass. We have previously developed synthetic biology tools and engineered this bacterium for PHA production from industrial waste.
In this project, the student will work in a team to (1) investigate the use of different bacterial strains for PHA production, (2) improve strain performance using methods of synthetic biology and (3) develop bioprocesses for PHA production from sustainable feedstock.
This project is in the important and quickly developing field of bioplastic. Successful candidate will receive training in microbiology, molecular biology, synthetic biology and strain engineering. He/she will join the multi-disciplinary research environment in The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and benefit from the Doctoral Development Programme designed to develop specialist and transferable skills.
If English is not your first language, then you must have International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) average of 6.5 or above with at least 6.0 in each component.
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