Characterisation and processing of bee venom (apitoxin).
A PhD project is offered at the School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, recent recipient of a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its outstanding track record in collaborative research and training. This multidisciplinary project aims to characterise bee venom and develop methods for its collection and processing.
Bees are key to agricultural resilience and food security because production of food depends on pollination. Furthermore, apiculture presents a range of valuable products such as bee venom, pollen, honey, royal jelly. In particular, honey bee venom (apitoxin) has been widely used in cosmetic industry and pharmaceutical applications (allergic desensitisation, treatment of diseases, rheumatoid arthritis etc.). Quality degradation can occur during its collection. Bee venom composition must be further characterised for understanding its properties, and develop novel materials and methods for collecting and maintaining it.
The research is poised on the intersection between chemical engineering, formulation and material sciences, and reflects the strengths of the University of Birmingham in these areas. The exact programme of research will be defined by discussion between the student and supervisors.
This highly cross-disciplinary project involves experimental work as well as developing and testing new concepts. Therefore, it would fit a highly motivated PhD student able to work in a cross-disciplinary research environment independently and as part of a team.
Funding Availability: Self-funded PhD students
Informal enquiries should be directed to: Dr Kostas Gkatzionis: [email protected] and Prof Serafim Bakalis [email protected]
Applicants require a 2:1 or higher in chemical engineering, food sciences, chemistry, material sciences a related subject area. There is no experience in apiculture required.
Applications need to be made via the University of Birmingham Admissions Portal:
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