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This is a 4 year BBSRC studentship under the Newcastle-Liverpool-Durham DTP. The successful applicant will receive research costs, tuition fees and stipend (£15,009 for 2019-20). The PhD will start in October 2020. Applicants should have, or be expecting to receive, a 2.1 Hons degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. EU candidates must have been resident in the UK for 3 years in order to receive full support. Please note, there are 2 stages to the application process.
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Sonnenburg ED, Zheng H, Joglekar P, Higginbottom SK, Firbank SJ, Bolam DN, Sonnenburg JL.(2010). Specificity of polysaccharide use in intestinal bacteroides species determines diet-induced microbiota alterations. Cell, 141: 1241-1252.
Alsmark C, Foster PG, Sicheritz-Ponten T, Nakjang S, Martin Embley T, Hirt RP (2013). Patterns of prokaryotic lateral gene transfers affecting parasitic microbial eukaryotes. Genome Biology, 14: R19.
Maritz JM, Land KM, Carlton JM, Hirt RP (2014). What is the importance of zoonotic Trichomonads for human health? Trends in Parasitology, 30: 333-341.
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Temple MJ, Cuskin F, Baslé A, Hickey N, Speciale G, Williams SJ, Gilbert HJ, Lowe EC (2017). A Bacteroidetes locus dedicated to fungal 1,6-ß-glucan degradation: Unique substrate conformation drives specificity of the key endo-1,6-ß-glucanase. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 292: 10639–10650.
Pinheiro J, Biboy J, Vollmer W, Hirt RP, et al. (2018). The protozoan Trichomonas vaginalis targets bacteria with laterally-acquired NlpC/P60 peptidoglycan hydrolases. mBio, 9: e01784-18.
Silva Pereira S, Casas-Sánchez A, Haines LR, Ogugo M, Absolomon K, Sanders M, Kemp S, Acosta-Serrano Á, Noyes H, Berriman M, Jackson AP (2018). Variant antigen repertoires in Trypanosoma congolense populations and experimental infections can be determined from deep sequence data with a set of universal protein motifs. Genome Research, 28:1383-1394.
Handrich MR, Garg SG, Sommerville EW, Hirt RP, Gould SB (2019). Characterization of the BspA and Pmp protein family of trichomonads. Parasites and Vectors, 12:406.