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WR DTP project: The role of contact dependent inhibition in shaping bacterial interactions

Department of Biology

About the Project

In nature, bacteria live in mixed microbial communities. A multitude collaborative and competitive mechanisms drive the community composition and structure. Contact dependent inhibition (CDI) is a recently discovered system with well-studied molecular features, but its role and significance in nature remains poorly understood. CDI appears to play a role in competition but also in cooperation and coordination. In this project you will address this apparent contradiction, and work to understand how bacteria benefit from expressing CDI systems. This will be assessed by identifying features that are key to its activity to assess the impact of variable features on the resulting bacterial community.

In this interdisciplinary project you will build on our current knowledge of understanding of this enigmatic microbial system (Bottery et al. Current Biology 2019). We are seeking a computationally or mathematically skilled student with a desire to apply their knowledge to model biology, specifically microbiology. Experience in Python programming is desirable but not essential. An interest in acquiring some basic wet lab skills is desirable.

The graduate skills training you receive, in combination with lab meetings, seminars, conferences, and outreach activities will help you develop a broad range of scientific and transferable skills.

The White Rose DTP in Mechanistic Biology is committed to recruiting extraordinary future scientists regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation or career pathway to date. We understand that commitment and excellence can be shown in many ways and have built our recruitment process to reflect this. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, particularly those underrepresented in science, who have curiosity, creativity and a drive to learn new skills.

Funding Notes

This project is part of the BBSRC White Rose Doctoral Training Programme in Mechanistic Biology. Appointed candidates will be fully-funded for 4 years. The funding includes:

Tax-free annual UKRI stipend (£15,285 for 2020/21)
UK tuition fees (£4,473 for 2021/22)
Research support and training charges (RSTC)

International candidates (including EU) will be considered however they will need to have adequate funds to meet the difference in tuition fees. International tuition fees for 2021 entry is £22,250.

Not all projects will be funded; a limited number of candidates will be appointed via a competitive process.


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Students with, or expecting to gain, at least an upper second class honours degree, or equivalent, are invited to apply. The interdisciplinary nature of this programme means that we welcome applications from students with backgrounds in any biological, chemical, and/or physical science, or students with mathematical backgrounds who are interested in using their skills in addressing biological questions. If English is not your first language, you will need to meet the minimum entry requirements for your country. Please check our website:

START DATE: 1st October 2021

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