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Veterinary Medicine PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships

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  QUADRAT DTP: Environmental change and the epidemiology of a multi-host pathogen: Leptospira in Africa
  Dr M Moseley, Prof E Morgan
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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Multi-host pathogens include some the most important pathogens of livestock and humans. These pathogens are maintained in complex ecological reservoirs that are comprised of epidemiologically connected animal host populations and environments (Viana et al., 2014).
  EASTBIO: Developing effective rat control for rural Madagascar landscapes: using individual based modelling approaches to inform strategies to increase agricultural productivity and reduce zoonotic disease risk.
  Dr S Telfer, Prof J Travis
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Supervisors. Dr Sandra Telfer (University of Aberdeen). https://www.abdn.ac.uk/ibes/profiles/s.telfer. Professor Justin Travis (University of Aberdeen).
  EASTBIO: Live fast, die young: testing the mechanisms linking risk-taking behaviour to the rate of ageing in a wild bird.
  Dr P Bize, Prof K Spencer
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Supervisors. Dr Pierre Bize (University of Aberdeen). http://www.abdn.ac.uk/sbs/people/profiles/pierre.bize. Professor Karen Spencer (University of St.
  EASTBIO: Pesticide problems for honey bees: a closer look in our towns.
  Dr A Bowman, Dr L Trembleau, Ms F Highet, Dr M Taylor
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Supervisors. Dr Alan Bowman (University of Aberdeen). https://www.abdn.ac.uk/people/a.bowman. Dr Laurent Trembleau (University of Aberdeen).
  Graduate Research Assistant position - characterizing a new liver-specific rodent model of impaired cholesterol transport
  Prof M Sandey, Dr R C Cattley
Applications accepted all year round

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The Department of Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University is seeking a highly motivated PhD candidate/Graduate Research Assistant to work on a research project to characterize a new liver-specific rodent model of impaired cholesterol transport.
  PhD position/Graduate Research Assistantship in the area of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
  Dr A Mishra
Application Deadline: 14 March 2020

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The Laboratory of Lung Inflammation, Department of Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University have opening for highly motivated PhD candidate/ Graduate Research Assistant to work on NIH-funded research project in the area of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
  GW4 FRESH CDT studentship: Bacterial fish pathogens: ignored threats for aquaculture and the environment
  Dr C Berger, Prof J Cable
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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In Wales, freshwater fish stocks are in general decline. Around 95% of the rivers are now categorise at risk for salmon stock with most salmon stocks in England and Wales in a depleted state.
  Understanding resistance and tolerance to chytrid fungal disease in amphibians to improve conservation
  Dr L Grogan
Applications accepted all year round

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This PhD project will involve working with captive animals (Australian barred frogs and tadpoles, including the endangered Fleay’s barred frog) to understand host responses to infection and mechanisms of resistance and tolerance to the devastating fungal disease, frog chytridiomycosis.
  Mathematical Modelling of the Bovine Reproductive Cycle
  Dr L Creedon, Dr M McAfee
Applications accepted all year round

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This project will create mathematical models of aspects of the reproductive cycle of cows. The techniques used will include systems of ordinary differential equations, linear algebra, and networks/graphs.
  EASTBIO: Holistic approach to internal parasite control on hill and upland sheep farms
  Dr F Kenyon
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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This PhD will investigate ways to optimise roundworm and liver fluke control in hill and upland sheep, to address the issue of increased anthelmintic (wormer) resistance in flocks.
  Adaptive management of stochastic parasite challenge in animals under climate change
  Prof E Morgan, Dr M Robinson
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Climate change is causing greater variation in conditions for parasite transmission, and increased unpredictability in disease outbreaks in farmed and other animals.
  Emerging Infectious Diseases – Surveillance and Biosecurity
  Dr N Marks, Dr P McVeigh
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. A continued increase in both the geographical range of existing pathogens and the transmission of novel pathogens into the human population poses a challenge for the effective control of emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) and biosecurity.
  Evaluation of natural plant based botanicals as alternative to therapeutic antibiotics
  Dr C Situ
Applications accepted all year round

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It has become widely recognised that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the biggest health threats that mankind faces, encompassing huge health and economic burdens on governments and societies in every region of the globe.
  Innovative Diagnostics for Helminth Parasite Infections
  Dr P McVeigh, Dr N Marks
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Helminth (worm) parasites cause ill health and poor productivity in farm animals worldwide. Control relies largely on anthelmintic drugs, either applied en masse to entire herds based on perceived infection risk, or guided by treatment decisions made using sub-optimal diagnostic tests.
  The effects of maternal stress on offspring survival in the fallow deer
  Dr D Jennings, Dr I Capellini, Prof J Dick
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. The impact of climate change and human-induced habitat fragmentation has resulted in an unprecedented planet-wide biodiversity crisis.
  Our Mission: to Educate, Nurture and Discover for the benefit of Human Health

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Our ultimate purpose is to work in service of patients. RCSI was founded by Royal Charter on 11th February 1784, to set and support professional standards for surgical training and practice in Ireland.
  Feline hyperaldosteronism: immunohistochemical, genetic and functional characterisation of the adrenal gland in hypertensive cats
  Prof H Syme, Prof M Brown
Application Deadline: 24 January 2020

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Hypertension is a common problem in geriatric cats, particularly those with renal disease and often results in blindness. Improved understanding of the pathogenesis of feline hypertension could result in earlier identification of those cats that are most at risk, or lead to novel targets for treatment.
  Influenza A virus evolution: Determining the key factors that influence emergence of influenza variants of animal and public health significance
  Dr N Lewis
Application Deadline: 4 January 2020

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Our research aims to understand the complex evolutionary pathways that result in the emergence of influenza virus variants that pose a threat to human and animal health.
  EASTBIO: Novel approaches to improving calf health: new technology and data analytics
  Dr M Haskell, Dr C Duthie
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Maintaining good calf health is important for both the productivity and sustainability of farming enterprises. A report by the Cattle Health and Welfare Group (GB)) showed that 3.6% of dairy bull calves and 2.5% of dairy heifer calves died under 1 month of age.
  (BBSRC DTP) Developing biomarkers of inflammatory gut responses in free-ranging, healthy and diseased equid populations.
  Research Group: Ecology and Evolution
  Dr S Shulltz, Prof K Else, Dr S Cruickshank
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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In managed horses (and other equids), disorders associated with inflammation in the equine gastrointestinal (GI) tract, including gastric ulcers, high parasite burdens and enteritis/colitis are widepsread health and welfare issues.
  Influenza A virus evolution: Determining the key factors that influence emergence of influenza variants of animal and public health significance
  Dr N Lewis
Application Deadline: 4 January 2020

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Our research aims to understand the complex evolutionary pathways that result in the emergence of influenza virus variants that pose a threat to human and animal health.
  Investigation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in seafood products and risk of exposure to these by consumers in the UK
  Dr A Mateus, Dr L Guardabassi
Applications accepted all year round

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A large amount of seafood consumed in the UK are imported from countries outside the EU, where the use of antibiotics is often poorly regulated.
  Ph.D. Fellowship in Intestinal Innate Immunity and Host Defense Peptides
  Dr E Cobo
Applications accepted all year round

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RESEARCH. One Ph.D. position is available immediately at the University of Calgary, Canada to study gut innate immunity contributed by host defense peptides and immunoregulation in the epithelial and leukocyte cross-talking in response to microbial pathogens.
  EASTBIO: The role of secreted tumour suppressor SPZ1 in Papillomavirus E7-mediated oncogenesis
  Prof J Haas, Dr K Cuschieri
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Deanery of Biomedical Sciences. Currently, 112 different non-human papillomavirus (PV) types are known, which have been isolated from a broad range of 54 host species including cattle, canines, horses, rodents, bats, dolphins and primates.
  Assessing the impact of environmental change on host responses to infection and disease
  Research Group: Institute of Evolutionary Biology
  Dr E Cunningham, Dr S Burthe
Application Deadline: 13 December 2019

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Summary. This project will explore how environmental variables impact on the ability of different individuals in a population to resist and tolerate infection in a long term study of vulnerable seabirds in the North Sea.
  Balancing immunity in the face of variable nutritional resources and natural infection in a wild rodent
  Research Group: Institute of Evolutionary Biology
  Dr A Pedersen, Dr S Babayan
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Parasite infections and resource scarcity are common threats to the wellbeing of wild populations and domestic animals. Chronic helminth infections in particular compete with their hosts for nutritional resources, and are a global cause of productivity loss in livestock, estimated at £1.2 billion.
  EASTBIO Immune and physiological determinants of host heterogeneity in pathogen shedding and spreading
  Research Group: Institute of Evolutionary Biology
  Dr P Vale
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Second Supervisor. Andrea Wilson, Rosline Institute [email protected] Individuals vary tremendously in their propensity to transmit infections.
  EASTBIO The genetic basis of helminth-specific immune responses in wild Soay sheep (Ovis aries)
  Research Group: Institute of Evolutionary Biology
  Dr S Johnston, Dr T McNeilly, Prof D Nussey
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Individual differences in immune responses are widely observed in nature and are likely to be a major factor underlying variation in disease resistance, health and evolutionary fitness.
  Social and transgenerational effects of parasitism: potential impact in a stored product pest
  Research Group: Institute of Evolutionary Biology
  Dr E Cunningham, Prof N Colegrave
Application Deadline: 13 December 2019

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Summary. This project will investigate the impact of infection on host and non-host members of a population across subsequent generations.
  The ecology of infection and immunity in a wild mouse system
  Research Group: Institute of Evolutionary Biology
  Dr A Pedersen, Prof A Fenton
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Despite great concern about the current global health threat of worms (helminths) in humans and domestic animals, we still don’t have a clear understanding about how ecological heterogeneity determines burdens, disease, or how to successfully control infections in variable populations.
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