: Development of novel antibacterial therapeutics from propolis with potential activity against multi-drug resistant bacteria and methicillin resistance Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and development of knowledge exchange activities exploring KTP

   School of Health Sport and Bioscience

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About the Project

Applications are invited for a fully-funded Industrial PhD research studentship to undertake research in the area of Antibiotic Resistance and Natural Product Chemistry in the Medicines Research Group, School of Health, Sport and Bioscience, University of East London. The successful PhD candidate will collaborate and work with the Nature’s Laboratory Limited.

The Medicine Research Group


at UEL has world-wide reputation of carrying out research on medicinal plants

for the characterization of unexplored phytochemicals with credibility for new

modern drugs. Nature’s Laboratory (natureslaboratory.co.uk) has been researching on herbs, propolis and bee products for over 30 years to explore their medicinal properties including antibacterial agents. Considering today’s serious and complex problem of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), the project will focus on propolis and its extracts that have been used for the treatment of various diseases because of its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antiprotozoal, anticancer and immunomodulatory properties. We apply bioassay directed approaches for the isolation and identification of new antibacterial agents using sophisticated techniques including HPLC, mass spectrometry and NMR spectroscopy. So, we seek expertise in natural product chemistry to join our team and contribute to research for the characterization of new antimicrobial compounds with efficacy against multi-drug resistant bugs.

This industrial PhD studentship is an opportunity for a PhD candidate to work in collaboration with an internationally recognised interdisciplinary team at UEL and Nature’s Laboratory to become an expert in drug discovery from natural source, particularly propolis, using the state of art chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques. 

Value of the Award:

Full tuition fees, a tax-free stipend of up to £16,700 per annum and core research costs for three years.

The position is open to home/EU applicants.

Eligibility and entry requirements:

Applicants must have an excellent honours degree (1st class or 2:1 or international equivalent) in Pharmacy, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Science, Chemistry or relevant disciplines and relevant MSc or MRes. Evidence of undertaking a laboratory based, primary research project is essential. Applicants must also have excellent communication skills and a very high level of written and spoken English. Where English is not the applicant’s first language, a minimum IELTS Academic English score of 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components is required.

The holder of the studentship will be expected to:

Work at UEL and Nature’s Laboratory.

Complete their doctoral studies and submit their dissertation within 3 years.

Prepare papers for submission to peer-reviewed journals.

Participate in and contribute to research activities of the School and activities relevant to their sponsors.

Application Process: 

Eligible applicants should apply online via the following link: https://www.uel.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/phd-mphil-hsb

When completing your online application please state the project title, name of the Director of Studies stated above and reference code in your personal statement.

Applications will only be accepted via the online application form.

Please also use the reference code in all correspondence.

Closing Date and Start Date:

Informal enquiries about the studentship should be addressed to the Director of Studies stated above.

The closing date for completed applications is 19th August, 2022.

Interviews will be held w/c 1st September 2022.

Start date will be October 2022.

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