The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of constant monitoring of viral infections. With future waves of COVID-19 and other airborne viral infections predicted, easy and fast methods for specific detection of these viral infections will play a vital role. Most currently available virus detection methods are either lengthy, require specialised equipment, trained personal and/or less sensitive. Development of methods that can allow detection of viral particles on surfaces, in air and in liquid samples within seconds would be a game changer. This is an exciting PhD project at the interface of chemistry, molecular biology and molecular diagnostics that aims to develop molecular switches that change properties upon binding to viral particles, thus allowing their ultrafast detection.
Successful applicant is expected to have enthusiasm for chemistry, chemical biology, and molecular biology. The candidate will work at the forefront of chemical and synthetic biology and will develop advanced skills in chemical synthesis, various molecular biology and analytical techniques, including molecular cloning, protein expression and purification, gel electrophoresis, western blotting, and HPLC. In addition, the candidate would get an opportunity to interact with industrial collaborators. The research work will be performed in the Chemical and Synthetic Biology laboratories housed in the School of Chemistry, University of East Anglia under the supervision of Dr. Amit Sachdeva.
Informal enquiries are welcome to Dr. Amit Sachdeva ([Email Address Removed]) with a copy of your curriculum vitae and cover letter.