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Chemical biology meets microbiology to combat climate change (GATESU20DTP)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, November 25, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

As well as carbon dioxide (CO2), other important climate-active gases are known to drive global warming. Importantly, nitrous oxide (N2O), is a greenhouse gas with 300-times greater global warming power than CO2 and it also contributes to the destruction of the ozone layer. Production of N2O is a by-product of modern farming, where after applying fertilizers, soil-based bacteria consume nitrate and generate N2O. By understanding how bacteria do this and developing tools to control it, we could potentially reduce future biological N2O emissions, allowing recovery of the ozone layer and help reduce global climate change.

This PhD project will develop understanding of how DNA and RNA structures control nitrogen assimilation and N2O production in bacteria and how we can use small-molecules to control these pathways in cells. The project will provide training in a wide-range of biophysical, molecular biology and microbiological techniques, from characterizing the types of DNA/RNA structures, gene expression studies to ligand-binding assays. Led by Dr Andrew Gates and Dr Zoë Waller, this project will be based in the School of Biological Sciences, and the student will also work with the School of Pharmacy and facilities across the Norwich Research Park.

The student will have, or expect to obtain a first class, 2(i) or equivalent honours degree in Microbiology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Pharmacy or a related area. Informal enquiries are welcomed; for further information please contact Dr Andrew Gates () or Dr Zoë Waller ().


Project supervisor: https://people.uea.ac.uk/a_gates
Project sponsor: Norwich Research Park Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership
Type of programme: PhD
Start date: 1 October 2020
Mode of study: Full-time
Studentship length: 4 years


ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

- First degree (2:1 or above) in relevant subject
- English language (IELTS 6.5 overall, 6 in each section)


MORE INFORMATION

This project has been shortlisted for funding by the Norwich Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (NRPDTP). Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed as part of the studentship competition. Candidates will be interviewed on either the 7th, 8th or 9th January 2020.

The NRP DTP offers postgraduates the opportunity to undertake a 4-year research project whilst enhancing professional development and research skills through a comprehensive training programme. You will join a vibrant community of world-leading researchers. All NRPDTP students undertake a three-month professional internship (PIPS) during their study. The internship offers exciting and invaluable work experience designed to enhance professional development. Full support and advice will be provided by our Professional Internship team. Students with, or expecting to attain, at least an upper second class honours degree, or equivalent, are invited to apply.

For further information and to apply, please visit our website: https://biodtp.norwichresearchpark.ac.uk/


FURTHER READING

1) Sullivan, M.J. et al. (2013) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 110, 19926.

2) Waller Z.A.E. et al. (2016) Chem. Commun. 52, 13511.

3) Abdelhamid M.A.S. (2018) Nucleic acids Res. 46, 5886.

4) Lycus, P. et al. (2018) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 115, 11820.

5) Bennett, S.P. et al. (2019) Chem Sci. 10, 4985.

6) Gaimster, H. (2019) mBIO 10, e01165.

Funding Notes

For funding eligibility guidance, please visit our website: View Website. Full Studentships cover a stipend (2019/0 rate: £15,009pa), research costs and tuition fees at UK/EU rate and are available to UK and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements.

Students from EU countries who do not meet the UK residency requirements may be eligible for a fees-only award. Students in receipt of a fees-only award will be eligible for a maintenance stipend awarded by the NRPDTP Bioscience Doctoral Scholarships. To be eligible students must meet the EU residency requirements.

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