Investigating Pmk1-dependent effector protein function in the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae (TALBOT_S22HALPIN)

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  Prof N Talbot, Dr F Menke  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Rice blast disease is a major constraint on world rice production and there is an urgent need for more effective and durable control strategies, particularly in the rice-growing nations most affected. The Halpin Studentship programme provides generous funding for scientists to carry out a PhD in molecular plant pathology in the laboratory of Professor Nick Talbot FRS at The Sainsbury Laboratory. Rice blast research at TSL is focused on developing an understanding of the biology of the rice blast fungus, Magnaporthe oryzae, utilizing molecular genetics, functional genomics and cell biology. The project will investigate a novel set of Pmk1-dependent effector proteins secreted during plant infection. 

Applicants should have a degree in Biological Sciences, Biochemistry or Genetics and have a strong interest in plant disease research. Applicants from low income countries in rice-growing regions of the world are very strongly encouraged to apply. The four-year studentship has a generous stipend, travel allowance, and consumables budget.

The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) is a world leader in plant and microbial science that is dedicated to making fundamental discoveries in the science of plant-microbe interactions. For more information please visit

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Funding Notes

This project is awarded with a 4 year Halpin PhD studentship. Tuition fees are covered, and a stipend will be provided for each year of the studentship (2022/3 rate will be £21,420.00). Research training support funding is available.
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