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  Chemo-enzymatic Synthesis and Potential Applications of Novel Heterocyclic Alkaloids
  Dr H Deng, Dr L Trembleau
Applications accepted all year round

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Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is rising to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world. In Europe alone, drug-resistant bacteria are estimated to cause 25,000 deaths annually and cost more than US$1.5 billion every year in healthcare expenses and productivity losses.
  Developing an enzymatic toolbox to make complex modified peptides
  Prof M Jaspars, Dr W Houssen, Dr L Trembleau
Applications accepted all year round

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The pharmaceutical industry has identified a major gap in its portfolio. On the one hand, they are excellent at discovering small molecules that act via a lock and key type mechanism.
  Discovery of novel pharmaceuticals from marine and desert microorganisms
  Prof M Jaspars, Dr R Ebel
Applications accepted all year round

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Microorganisms from extreme environments such as the deep seas, cold seas and hyper arid deserts have been shown to produce a range of complex natural products with high biological activity.
  Genome mining of novel antimicrobial natural products from new bacterial strains
  Dr H Deng, Prof M Jaspars
Applications accepted all year round

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Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is rising to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world. In Europe alone, drug-resistant bacteria are estimated to cause 25,000 deaths annually and cost more than US$1.5 billion every year in healthcare expenses and productivity losses.
  A 3D in vitro model of wound healing incorporating skin, nerves and immune cells
  Dr A M Rajnicek, Dr H M Wilson
Applications accepted all year round

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Diabetes, paralysis, being bed ridden and other conditions can result in chronic wounds that fail to heal, with significant personal consequences for patients and an annual cost of £4.5-5.1 billion annually (Guest et al., 2015) to the National Health Service.
  Development of ex vivo tissue culture models for developing next-generation biomaterial scaffolds for acellular regenerative medicine.
  Prof I Gibson, Prof N Vargesson
Applications accepted all year round

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Bone repair and regeneration can be influenced by various guidance cues, including pharmacological cues, hypoxia environment and chemical cues released from scaffolds [1-3].
  Nanoparticles in drug delivery
  Dr G Stenbeck, Dr U Kishore
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Nanoparticles (NPs) are materials with overall dimensions in the nano scale range (5nm-100nm). Due to their unique physicochemical properties, they have found a wide range of applications and are currently explored as drug and gene delivery vehicles.
  Seeking critical branch points in bacterial evolution with comparative genomics
  Prof N Saunders, Mr A Khan
Applications accepted all year round

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This is a bioinformatics and comparative genomics-focussed project, seeking to identify the basis of speciation and sub-speciation of bacterial species accounting for the development of individual and independent lineages.
  Multitasking abilities – Are computerised laboratory tasks predictive of real-world tasks?
  Dr A Szameitat, Dr A Parton
Applications accepted all year round

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Multitasking, i.e. the concurrent performance of two or more tasks, has been investigated in many different domains. In Cognitive Psychology, experimental paradigms such as the task switching paradigm or the dual-task paradigm of the Psychological Refractory Period (PRP) are the most widely used multitasking paradigms.
  Developing a clinical tool to quantitatively assess and monitor upper limb and shoulder function in clinical and home settings
  Dr A Shaheen
Applications accepted all year round

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Upper limb and shoulder disorders are poorly defined, diagnosed and rehabilitated. Current management of these disorders is focussed on the prescription of physiotherapeutic treatments, yet the efficacy of such treatments is not well established and the prognosis of patients with shoulder disorders is very poor.
  The epigenetic network mediated by Ehmt1 and its role in neurodevelopment disorders (NDD)
  Prof A Harwood
Application Deadline: 25 November 2019

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This project investigates how the epigenetic regulator EHMT1 controls the gene regulatory network that underlies human neurodevelopment, and how its dysfunction leads to Kleefstra Syndrome (KS) and increased risk for schizophrenia.
  Combining large-scale aerial phenotyping and advanced computational solutions toincrease yield for UK bread wheat (ZHOUE20DTP)
  Dr J Zhou
Application Deadline: 25 November 2019

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Accomplishing an AI-driven PhD is likely to position yourself in an excellent state in this rapidly changing world. It is not only about opening up top-paying jobs in finance and gaming, but also enabling you to address major big-data challenges that we are facing, day by day.
  Mining Meadows: Exploring the metabolic diversity of UK plants (PATRONE20DTP2)
  Dr N Patron
Application Deadline: 25 November 2019

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Plants synthesize a multitude of specialised metabolites, many of which they use to provide protection against pests and pathogens, as attractants for beneficial insects, or to model their microbiomes.
  Sex pheromone metabolism in Coccoidea (PATRONE20DTP1)
  Dr N Patron
Application Deadline: 25 November 2019

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Sex pheromones are substances secreted by animals that elicit powerful attractant effects and mating stimuli on individuals of the same species.
  Supercharging photosynthesis to feed the world (HALLE20DTP2)
  Prof A Hall
Application Deadline: 25 November 2019

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To feed an ever-increasing population we must produce more of the crops that sustain us. Wheat provides 20% of the total calories consumed worldwide and we need to increase our productivity to avoid food shortages.
  4 Year Fully-Funded PhD Opportunities in Bioscience and Biotechnology

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World-class PhD opportunities in Bioscience for Sustainable Agriculture and Food, Bioscience for an Integrated Understanding of Health, Bioscience for Renewable Resources and Clean Growth, and Frontiers Bioscience.
  Digital Manufacturing of Wearable Sensors and Soft Robots
  Dr M Amjadi
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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The Integrated Soft Machines Lab in the Institute of Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering (IMPEE) at Heriot-Watt University is offering a 3-year fully funded PhD studentship to explore digitally manufactured wearable sensors and soft robots.
  Development of a Spores-on-a-Chip Microfluidic Chemostat for Exploring the Responsiveness of Bacterial Spore Communities
  Dr C Stanley
Application Deadline: 1 February 2020

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The Stanley Lab will be moving to the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London, the UK’s leading Bioengineering department, and has a fully funded PhD studentship to develop Spores-on-a-Chip microfluidic technology to gain a deeper insight into bacterial spore germination.
  How does the microbiome affect behaviour? Discovering neuroactive compounds made by bacteria
  Research Group: Behavioural Genomics
  Dr A Brown
Application Deadline: 1 December 2019

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The risk of psychiatric diseases and neurodegeneration is influenced by genetics and external environment. Increasingly, it is also thought to be influenced by the internal environment through gut microbes.
  Discovery of Antibiotics from Cyanobacteria (TRUMANJ20DTP)
  Dr A Truman
Application Deadline: 25 November 2019

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Bacteria have the capacity to produce natural products with exquisite bioactivities, which makes these compounds excellent candidates as medicines and agrochemicals.
  Establishment of germline-specific DNA methylation in plants (FENGJ20DTP)
  Dr X Feng
Application Deadline: 25 November 2019

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Our recent work demonstrated distinctive DNA methylation occurs at hundreds of genes across the entire male germline in plants. This germline-specific methylation is catalysed by a ubiquitous methylation pathway, and regulates meiosis by controlling gene expression and splicing.
  Optimize tools to study gene functions in pest invertebrates with a focus on aphids and whiteflies (HOGENHOUTJ20CASE)
  Dr S Hogenhout
Application Deadline: 25 November 2019

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This project is a three-way collaboration of the laboratories of Saskia Hogenhout (John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK), Grant Hughes (Liverpool School of Medicine (LSTMed), UK) and Marcus Guest (Syngenta, Jealotts Hill, UK) to develop gene knock-out technologies for the aphid Myzus persicae and the tobacco whitefly Bemisia tabaci.
  Resistance by Elimination (NICHOLSONJ20CASE)
  Prof P Nicholson
Application Deadline: 25 November 2019

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Wheat is one of the most important cereal crops in the world and provides 20% of the protein and calories for 4.5 billion people.
  4 Year Fully-Funded PhD Opportunities in Bioscience and Biotechnology

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World-class PhD opportunities in Bioscience for Sustainable Agriculture and Food, Bioscience for an Integrated Understanding of Health, Bioscience for Renewable Resources and Clean Growth, and Frontiers Bioscience.
  Engineering nanomaterials for intracellular delivery in regenerative medicine.
  Dr C Chiappini, Prof F Dazzi
Application Deadline: 11 November 2019

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This position is to conduct an ERC-funded research project. This exciting project aims to investigate the mechanisms activated by the interaction of cells with nanomaterials and leverage them to control the intracellular fate of the cargo.
  Interventional Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  Dr S Roujol, Dr K Pusparajah
Applications accepted all year round

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Research Project. Cardiac catheterisation is a common procedure in patients with congenital heart disease (CHD).
  Beta cell regeneration for diabetes therapy
  Dr N Hill
Applications accepted all year round

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Stem cells hold great potential for the creation of artifical insulin-producing beta cells to treat diabetes. Matrix and matricellular components play a critical role in supporting the differentiation of stem cells into mature, functional beta cells.
  Investigation of a probiotic strain of Lactobacillus plantarum 2025 and the development of novel antibacterials
  Prof A Karlyshev
Applications accepted all year round

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Background. The rise of multidrug resistant forms of microbial pathogens imposes a serious problem to public health worldwide. The rapid spread of antimicrobial resistance is associated with misuse of conventional antibiotics.
  The role of matrix interactions in regulating the SPARC family of matricellular proteins.
  Dr N Hill, Dr A Munasinghe
Applications accepted all year round

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The SPARC family of matricellular proteins determine the way in which cells respond to their extracellular environment. SPARC family proteins interact with a range of binding partners, including matrix proteins (1).
  EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in the Science and Applications of Graphene and Related Nanomaterials (Graphene-NOWNANO)

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University of Manchester & Lancaster University, North West Nanoscience Doctoral Training Centre. Graphene NOWNANO is a recently established Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) at the University of Manchester in partnership with Lancaster University.
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