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MSc by Research: Development of novel therapeutics against parasitic disease

   School of Life Sciences

  Prof M Field  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Many drugs that are developed experimentally against pathogens fail, and one of the most common causes is due to an inability to efficiently enter the cell. This can be a result of acquisition of resistance (AMR) or of an intrinsic inability to cross the plasma membrane.

This project will investigate the use of camelid nano-bodies (mini-immunoglobulins) as a means to provide access to the cell interior in the African trypanosome. We have developed a panel of nano-bodies which bind to surface proteins of the trypanosomes, and which we believe will be internalised. Uptake of these nano-bodies coupled to novel drug compounds has the potential to provide a new approach to drug therapy against trypanosomes and related parasites. The project will involve high resolution imaging, protein chemistry and drug design and will provide an excellent training in the burgeoning area of immunotherapeutics.  

Interested candidates can contact Prof Field at 

Please see our website for further details on the programme:

Life Sciences MSc by Research MSc by Research (Postgraduate) : Study : University of Dundee

Please note before submitting your application that you must list your top three project choices in the Research Proposal section of the application form.

You apply for this course using our Direct Application System. Once you've signed up for an account you'll be asked to search for a course.

To find Life Science MSc by Research you should select the following options:

·      Course type: Research Postgraduate

·      Keyword: Life

When you complete your form, you should include your top 3 project choices, 2 letters of reference, uploaded under "Other Information" > "Supporting documents" and a personal statement. Failure to do so will delay your application.

Please note when submitting an application that we have the following deadline dates throughout the year:

September Starts - Application Deadline 1st May, Interview Date - Late June

January Starts - Application Deadline 1st Sep, Interview Date - Late October

May Starts - Application Deadline 1st Feb, Interview Date Late March

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