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  Host-microbiome interactions in human skin – implications for wound healing in type 2 diabetes

   School of Science, Engineering and Environment

  Dr Joe Latimer, Dr Sarah Withers  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Information on this PhD research area can be found further down this page under the details about the Widening Participation Scholarship given immediately below.

Applications for this PhD research are welcomed from anyone worldwide but there is an opportunity for UK candidates (or eligible for UK fees) to apply for a widening participation scholarship.

Widening Participation Scholarship: Any UK candidates (or eligible for UK fees) is invited to apply. Our scholarships seek to increase participation from groups currently under-represented within research. A priority will be given to students that meet the widening participation criteria and to graduates of the University of Salford. For more information about widening participation, follow this link: [Scroll down the page until you reach the heading “PhD widening participation scholarships”.] Please note: we accept applications all year but the deadline for applying for the widening participation scholarships in 2024 is 28th March 2024. All candidates who wish to apply for the MPhil or PhD widening participation scholarship will first need to apply for and be accepted onto a research degree programme. As long as you have submitted your completed application for September/October 2024 intake by 28 February 2024 and you qualify for UK fees, you will be sent a very short scholarship application. This form must be returned by 28 March 2024. Applications received after this date must either wait until the next round or opt for the self-funded PhD route.


Project description: The bacteria that grow on our skin are crucial to maintain skin health, immune function and protection from infection. However, the interactions between our microbes and our skin are susceptible to changes in our physiology. In type 2 diabetes, changes in skin physiology can influence the way our microbiota interacts with skin cells, contributing to delayed wound healing. Recent research from our group has shown that certain bacteria can improve skin cell viability and migration (wound healing) in elevated levels of glucose. However, we do not yet know the mechanisms behind this interaction. This PhD project will explore these phenomena by using a variety of skin models alongside a range of microbiological, immunological, and molecular techniques.

We are happy to take applications from enthusiastic, motivated, self-funded students who have a degree in microbiology, biomedical science, human biology, or a related subject, and with experience in microbiology.

Biological Sciences (4) Medicine (26)

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