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Gut microbial metabolism at the mucosal surface (JUGEQ20DTP1)

  • 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

The human body harbours a diverse and dense population of commensal bacteria, which exerts key functions in terms of nutrition and health. However, the precise mechanisms of how our resident intestinal microbes maintain a beneficial relationship with the host remain largely unknown, impeding efforts to manipulate dysbiosis microbial communities towards stability and health. In this project, you will use an interdisciplinary approach to decipher microbial mechanisms and key metabolites that shape the composition of the gut microbiota at the mucosal surface.

This PhD project will provide fundamental insights into the metabolic bacterial interactions occurring in the gut and help rationally design symbiotic based strategies to promote human health.
The PhD student will join a dynamic Group working in the area of gut bacteria-host interaction at the Quadram Institute Bioscience. The PhD student will receive expert training in bioinformatics, anaerobic microbiology, molecular and chemical biology and biochemistry. The student will benefit from the established network of international collaborations of the host lab in these this research area.

Training will embrace research practice and theory, management, communication (to scientific and lay audiences), intellectual property, teamwork and technical writing. The student will present his/her work to internal seminars and to relevant Microbiology International meetings. The possible commercial issues relating to the impact of this research on human health will be highlighted and the student will be encouraged to participate into outreach activities and innovative competitions.

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/

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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