About the Project
The aim of this project is to gain knowledge relating to the salmon louse microbiome by: (1) characterising the microbiome of L. salmonis; (2) examining how biological, ecological and/or environmental parameters influence the microbial diversity within the L. salmonis microbiome, and (3) determine if it is possible to manipulate the microbial diversity of the L. salmonis microbiome.
The student will analyse the microbiome of L. salmonis, through different life stages, using Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) of the 16S rRNA gene and localise ‘core’ microbiota using fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH), with the aim of examining how biological, ecological and/or environmental parameters influence its microbial diversity. They will also exploit shotgun metagenomic sequencing to provide information on relative abundance of each ‘core’ microbial species, and clues of their potential function.
This project is a collaboration between University of Glasgow, Moredun Research Institute and Moredun Scientific Ltd.
The candidate must have a 1st Class Honours undergraduate, in either molecular biology, microbiology, parasitology, bioinformatics, biochemistry, related biological science or a Veterinary/Medical Degree.
Informal enquiries and full applications (CV, letter of motivation and two references) can be sent to Prof Cindy Smith ([Email Address Removed]) by the 14th December.
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