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Investigating the impact of chronic parasite infection on immune cell development

Department of Biology

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Dr J Hewitson , Prof I Hitchcock No more applications being accepted Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

More than a quarter of the global population is infected with a parasitic worm, resulting in a range of diseases and pathologies. On-going work in the Hewitson and Hitchcock lab’s focuses on understanding how parasites such as schistosomes can re-programme mammalian blood and immune cell development, how this promotes parasite persistence, and whether we can reverse these changes for therapeutic benefit. This project will investigate how chronic parasite infection alters bone marrow output and whether this benefits the parasite or the host.

Prospective post-graduate students will have a good first degree in Biomedical Sciences (or a related subject) and a strong interest in the mammalian immune system, haematology, and parasitology. Projects will provide strong training in immunology, cell biology and molecular techniques (e.g. flow cytometry, imaging, in vivo biology).

Funding Notes

This is a self-funded project. Applicants need to have adequate funds to meet the costs of a self-funded research project including tuition fees and living expenses for the duration of the research programme. Please see information on tuition fee costs, living expenses and funding opportunities.


Applications are welcome for either for a 1-year MSc by Research or for a 3-year PhD.

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