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Structural and functional characterisation of a novel cyanobacterial nanocompartment

  • Full or part time
    Dr E Hoiczyk
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Increasing efficiency is an important driving force behind cellular organization and often achieved through compartmentalization. Long recognized as a core principle of eukaryotic cell organization, its widespread occurrence in prokaryotes has only recently come to light. Despite the early discovery of a few microcompartments such as carboxysomes, the vast majority is less than 100 nm in diameter - too small for conventional light microscopy or electron microscopic thin sections. Unsurprisingly, many nanocompartments have been discovered serendipitously. Their small size, robust self-assembly, high stability, excellent biocompatibility, and large cargo capacity make them excellent candidates for technical applications. Here we plan to characterise a novel discovered cyanobacterial nanocompartment with the goal to understand its role in the physiology of these filamentous photosynthetic bacteria.

Science Graduate School

As a PhD student in one of the science departments at the University of Sheffield, you’ll be part of the Science Graduate School – a community of postgraduate researchers working across biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and psychology. You’ll get access to training opportunities designed to support your career development by helping you gain professional skills that are essential in all areas of science. You’ll be able to learn how to recognise good research and research behaviour, improve your communication abilities and experience technologies that are used in academia, industry and many related careers. Visit to learn more.

Funding Notes

Entry requirements
First class or upper second 2(i) in a relevant subject. To formally apply for a PhD position, you must complete the University's application form using the following link: View Website

*All applicants should ensure that both references are uploaded onto their application as a decision will be unable to be made without this information*.

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