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Investigation and exploration of health and therapeutic benefits of plant-derived secondary metabolites


Project Description

Project details:

Plants and their products have revolutionarily shaped human development throughout history. The traditional plant-based medicine continues to play an essential role in the treatment of disease and in healthcare systems in many parts the world. Plants constantly produce secondary metabolites as a defence and survival mechanism, making them a unique and sustainable source of therapeutic agents for applications in both humans and animals. Recent years have seen an increasing renewal in searching and exploring new drug leads from plant-based materials to address the global concern over the development and spread of antimicrobial resistance.

This project aims to evaluate the therapeutic potentials of medicinal plants, traditional herbs, as well as food plants for disease control, health and well-being of humans and animals including livestock. Evidence-based scientific knowledge will be obtained through in vitro and in vivo studies in order to unravel traditional and anecdotal applications of plant-based phytochemicals and their mechanisms of action. Training will be provided for a range of conventional and advanced laboratory and analytical techniques across different disciplines of life sciences from microbiology to biochemistry, immunology, molecular biology, analytical chemistry and biotechnology.

This project will be supervised by Dr Chen Situ (Queen’s University School of Biological Sciences/Institute for Global Food Security) and Professor Jose Bengoechea (Queen’s University School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences).

All applications MUST be submitted through https://dap.qub.ac.uk/portal/user/u_login.php.

Specific skills/experience required by applicants:

In addition to research experience, applicants are required to have basic laboratory and analytical skills in cell biology, microbiology, biochemistry, or instrumentation.

All applicants must meet the academic entry requirements: https://www.qub.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate-research/biological-sciences-phd.html#entry

Funding Notes

Only UK and EU students are eligible to apply. Before applying, it is strongly recommended that you read the full information on eligibility criteria available from DfE: View Website.

Please note in particular that not all successful applicants may be eligible to receive a full studentship (i.e. fees and stipend) - please read in detail the Residency and Citizenship requirements in the document linked to above.

How good is research at Queen’s University Belfast in Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 33.40

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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