Coventry University Featured PhD Programmes
Imperial College London Featured PhD Programmes
FindA University Ltd Featured PhD Programmes
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Featured PhD Programmes
Cardiff University Featured PhD Programmes

Self-assembled particulate vaccines for prevention of Q fever

This project is no longer listed on and may not be available.

Click here to search for PhD studentship opportunities
  • Full or part time
    Prof Bernd Rehm
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round

Project Description

Q fever is an infection by the intracellular pathogen Coxiella burnetii that can cause a severe flu-like illness. For some people, Q fever can affect their health and ability to work for many years. The bacteria are spread from animals, mainly cattle, sheep and goats. Current Q fever vaccines are only poorly protective and cause severe adverse effects. Escherichia coli will be bioengineered to assemble selected antigens into discrete particles to serve as self-adjuvanting vaccines which performance will be tested in guinea pigs.

Funding Notes

About the Scholarship

The 2019 Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship has an annual stipend of $27,596 (indexed) for a period of up to three years of full-time study. Please see the GUPRS Conditions of Award for more information:

A successful International applicant will also be awarded a Griffith University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship to cover tuition fees for up to three years. Please see the GUIPRS Conditions of Award for more information:


1. Rehm, B. H. A., Bioengineering towards self-assembly of particulate vaccines. Current Opinion in Biotechnology 2017, 48, 42-53.

2. Rehm, B. H. A. et al., Bioengineered polyester beads co-displaying protein and carbohydrate-based antigens induce protective immunity against bacterial infection. Scientific Reports 2018, 8 (1), 1888.

FindAPhD. Copyright 2005-2019
All rights reserved.