Modelling the composition of biofilms associated with Buruli ulcer infection
Buruli ulcer is an ulcerative disease that occurs most commonly in sub-Saharan Africa. It is caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans, a bacterium that secretes an ulcerating substance mycolactone and is found in aquatic biofilms in the water bodies used by people - most often children - who get Buruli ulcer. This project is to model the composition of biofilms containing M. ulcerans, with the aim of understanding the role of mycolactone in the biofilm ecosystem. The ultimate aim is to contribute to the understanding of how Buruli ulcer is spread. There is potential for collaboration with experimentalists and field ecologists
Prospective candidates are required to apply for this studentship by applying for the MPhil/PhD in Mathematics using the University of Southampton on-line application system. A copy of the on-line application form and guidance notes can be found at the following website: http://www.soton.ac.uk/postgraduate/pgstudy/howdoiapplypg.html
The studentship will cover tuition fees for UK/EU applicants and also provide a stipend for UK applicants
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