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New biological diagnostics for environmental contaminants

Project Description

We are interested in using biological methods to detect both biological and chemical contamination in environmental samples. Project areas include detecting faecal microbial contamination in water, detecting pesticide residues from agriculture, and assessing the effect of microbial communities in soils on agricultural crop productivity. 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.
Projects in this area 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.

How good is research at University of York in Biological Sciences?

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