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New biological diagnostics for environmental contaminants

Department of Biology

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Prof J Moir , Dr S D Johnson No more applications being accepted Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

We are interested in recruiting a student interested in using biological methods to detect biological and chemical contamination in environmental samples. The project will involve developing and testing methods to assess microbial processes that affect water quality and soil health. Through a combination of traditional culturing methods, genome sequencing, molecular biology and protein biochemistry we will characterise the biological routes for recognition and turnover of chemical contaminants, and the genetic hallmarks of biological contamination. The project will give you an opportunity to learn a variety of laboratory and analytical microbiology techniques and develop solutions for important real world problems of global importance.

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.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Students applying for postgraduate study in our Department should normally have obtained an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). If your first language is not English you will need to show evidence that you meet our English language requirements. We welcome applications from students with backgrounds in any biological, chemical, and/or physical science, or students with mathematical backgrounds who are interested in using their skills in addressing biological questions.
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