About the Project
All viruses encode a number of proteins which are essential for their replication. Additionally, for many viruses, a suite of ‘accessory’ proteins has been identified – proteins encoded by only a subset of viral strains, but which impact aspects of virus replication such as regulation of the innate immune response. For rotaviruses, the identification and characterisation of such proteins has been significantly hindered by the lack of a system in which to modify the genetic sequence of the virus in a controlled manner. This limitation was recently overcome with the development of a reverse genetics system for rotaviruses (Kanai et. al., PNAS, 2017).
In this project, you will use lab based and bioinformatic approaches to identify and characterise previously unknown accessory proteins encoded by rotaviruses. This work will contribute to our understanding of the biology of a very important but highly understudied human and animal pathogen. The Gaunt lab is experienced in studying the molecular biology of rotaviruses (Gaunt et. al., JGV, 2013), and the Digard lab has a proven record of characterising viral accessory proteins (Wise, Gaunt et. al., bioRxiv, 2019).
This project will offer training in techniques including cell culture, PCR, cloning, western blotting, virus infections, viral mutagenesis, sequencing and bioinformatic analyses.
Please contact Elly.Gaunt@ed.ac.uk for further information.
This opportunity is open to UK and international students and provides funding to cover stipend, tuition fees and consumable/travel costs. Applications including a statement of interest and full CV with names and addresses (including email addresses) of two academic referees, should be emailed to RDSVS.PGR.Admin@ed.ac.uk.
When applying for the studentship please state clearly the project title/s and the supervisor/s in your covering letter.
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We would encourage applicants to list up to three projects of interest (ranked 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice) from those listed with a closing date of 10th January 2021 at View Website
Kanai Y, Komoto S, Kawagishi T, Nouda R, Nagasawa N, Onishi M, Matsuura Y, Taniguchi K, Kobayashi T. An entirely plasmid based reverse genetics system for rotaviruses. PNAS 2017 Feb 28 114 (9) 2349-2354.
Gaunt ER, Cheung W, Richards JE, Lever A, Desselberger U. Inhibition of rotavirus replication by downregulation of fatty acid synthesis. J Gen Virol. 2013 Jun; 94(Pt 6):1310-7
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