The rise in antimicrobial resistance is predicted to result in up to 10 million deaths per year by 2050. Therefore, alternative antibiotics are needed to combat the rise in antimicrobial resistance. Bacteriophages (phages) are viruses that specifically infect bacteria and can be used as alternatives to traditional antibiotics.
The aim of the project will be to further engineer bacteriophages to target multiple species of bacteria within polymicrobial infections. Using synthetic biology approaches and a genetic system we already have established, different payloads will be incorporated into bacteriophage genomes. The efficacy of these payloads at targeting different bacterial species will be tested using both in vitro and in vivo models (Galleria mellonella & Manduca sexta).
The project will involve molecular biology, genome sequencing, microbiology, and bioinformatics analysis. Experience in working with bacteriophages is highly desirable and the willingness to become familiar with linux and bioinformatics analyses is essential.
Skills training/methods/techniques: • Microbiological assays • Genome sequencing • Analysis of genome sequencing data • General molecular techniques • Protein expression
3 Year CLS Funded Studentship. Funding provides UK/EU fee waiver and Stipend at UK Research Council rates for 3 years. Available to UK/EU applicants only