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Illuminating SARS-CoV-2 and other airborne viral particles


   School of Chemistry

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  Dr A Sachdeva  No more applications being accepted  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

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. 


Funding Notes

This PhD project is offered on a self-funding basis. It is open to applicants with funding or those applying to funding sources. Details of tuition fees can be found at https://www.uea.ac.uk/about/university-information/finance-and-procurement/finance-information-for-students/tuition-fees
A bench fee is also payable on top of the tuition fee to cover specialist equipment or laboratory costs required for the research. Applicants should contact the primary supervisor for further information about the fee associated with the project.
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