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  Medical Research Council -funded Doctoral Training: Predicting the ecological determinants of the emergence of zoonotic malaria

   College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences

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  Dr H Ferguson, Prof R Kao  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine

Deadline: Friday 27th January 2012
Stipend: £13,848 per annum

Historically only 4 parasite species were known to cause malaria in humans. Recent investigations have now confirmed that a fifth species previously thought only to infect monkeys, Plasmodium knowlesi, is causing human epidemics in southeast Asia. The cause of P. knowlesi upsurge in humans is unknown, but hypothesized to be linked to environmental changes that alter the ecology of the mosquitoes that transmit it. This project will be integrated within a multi-disciplinary consortium investigating the determinants of P. knowlesi emergence. The primary objective will be to develop mathematical models based on environmental, entomological, parasitological, primatological, and sociological field data being concurrently collected by this team to predict the dynamics of P. knowlesi in response to likely environmental change scenarios, and evaluate the potential effectiveness of different control strategies. The candidate should have a background in ecology, epidemiology or a mathematical subject (e.g. maths, physics or engineering), and an aptitude for quantitative analysis of real data. The candidate will have opportunity to learn advanced modelling techniques, and work closely with a large interdisciplinary team consisting of researchers from the Boyd Orr Centre of Ecosystem and Population Health at UG, and other leading health research institutes in the UK and P. Knowlesi endemic countries.

Applicant Instructions
This is a 3.5-year PhD studentship and students should click the Apply Online link below.

The start date is October 2012 and applicants will normally be expected to reside (or have residency) within the UK or EU. The financial package will include a 3.5 year stipend, approved University fees, Research Training Support Grant and a Conference Allowance. On the Programme of Study section of the application please select “Medicine and Therapeutics PhD” from the drop down menu. On this same page please place the project title(s) within the free text area and note the project supervisor(s) [see above] with the relevant section.

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