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Using food product waste streams as a sustainable source of natural components capable of enhancing the efficacy of antibiotics against resistant bacteria.


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IT Sligo President’s Bursary Opportunity
Using food product waste streams as a sustainable source of natural components capable of enhancing the efficacy of antibiotics against resistant bacteria.

The continual emergence of antibiotic resistant organisms represents one of the greatest modern day challenges to mankind. The increased incidences of resistant strains, particularly in healthcare settings, often results in the prolonged treatment of patients. Additionally, the economic burden associated with the antibiotic resistant bacteria is on the rise. The challenge is of such importance that every country in the EU has developed strategies in an attempt to control the further acceleration of antimicrobial resistance. However, once a micro-organism becomes resistant to one or more antibiotics, they do not respond to therapy. Providing an alternative means of microbial inactivation or a means of reducing microbial resistance is vital to overcoming this potentially critical situation.

The project aims to identify and assess phytochemicals from natural products and food waste streams for their potential to increase the efficacy of existing antibiotics, and/ or evade antimicrobial resistance mechanisms amongst selected microbial species. Such phytochemicals act as ‘modifying agents’ working in conjunction with the antimicrobial agent to circumvent bacterial resistance, thus resulting in bacterial cell death. Reducing bacterial resistance to antibiotics has significant potential in reducing the MIC necessary for microbial death and preventing the emergence of other resistant bacterial strains.

Applicants should hold a first or upper second class Honours B.Sc. degree in; microbiology, food science, pharmaceutical science, biomedical sciences, biochemistry or a related discipline.

Applicants should possess strong skills in; quantitative data analysis, scientific communication and report writing, organisation and problem solving.

Applicants should possess the following competencies; ability to work autonomously, highly self-motivated and ability to meet deadlines.

FUNDING SOURCE: IT Sligo President’s Bursary with a maintenance grant of €13,000 p.a. and up to €4,000 p.a. for expenses as approved. Tuition fees (currently €819 p.a.) will be paid by the Institute for all holders of student bursaries. Students are required to pay their registration fee. The registration fee for 2018-2019 is €3,000 p.a.

DURATION: Funding will be initially for a maximum of 2 years full time Master’s registration. This research has potential to transition into a PhD up to a maximum of 4 years.

To Apply
Please send by email to Dr. Owen Kenny, ([Email Address Removed]) and CC Veronica Cawley ([Email Address Removed] )

1) A detailed cover letter
2) A full curriculum vitae
3) Academic transcripts for each year of study
4) Contact details of two academic referees

Applicants whose first language is not English must submit the original certificate of completion of an English test.

Please insert the subject line ‘ITSligo President’s Bursary 2020’ with your electronic correspondence.

Closing Date for Applications: 17:00 local time, 21st of September 2020.

Funding Notes

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