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The Eco-Immunology of Wild Mice

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

Project Description

The immune responses that wild animals make contribute to their fitness, but what those immune responses are – and how they differ from those of laboratory animals – is hardly known. Our recent work has begun to investigate this (Abolins et al. (2017) The comparative immunology of wild and laboratory mice Mus musculus domesticus. Nature Communications, 8, 14811; Abolins et al. (2018) The ecology of immune state in a wild mammal, Mus musculus domesticus. PLoS Biology, 16, e2003538). These recent discoveries have now raised new questions about the eco-immunology of wild mice. Particular questions and potential projects relate to investigating the nature and diversity of microparasite infections of wild mice, which are not known, including studying the diversity of host immune cell populations (including, for example, the diversity of T cell populations) in relation to this infection burden. You can find out more about our work at

Funding Notes

The project is open to both European/UK and International students. If you do not have your own funding, contact Mark Viney to discuss your application.

Assistance will be given to those who are applying to international funding schemes.

A fee bursary may be available for well qualified and motivated applicants.

Details of costs can be found on the University website:
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