The Norwich Research Park Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (NRPDTP) is funded by the UKRI Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). Norwich Research Park offers a breadth and concentration of internationally recognised bioscience research, together with extensive research facilities and technology platforms, that is quite exceptional in the UK. Three UKRI-BBSRC strategically supported research institutes: John Innes Centre, Earlham Institute and Quadram Institute Bioscience, together with The Sainsbury Laboratory and UEA, deliver cutting-edge research that addresses all UKRI-BBSRC’s priority research areas.

Our partners are strongly committed to the development of outstanding bioscience doctoral graduates, with a balanced set of advanced research and professional transferable skills. This will enable our graduates to secure high-skilled employment, across a range of different sectors, and thereby directly contribute to the achievement of academic, economic and societal impacts across the UK and beyond. The single-site location of the NRPDTP allows the students to train as a cohort providing a variety of networking opportunities and creating a vibrant scientific community. All our students undertake a workplace placement or internship during their four-year programme, providing direct experience of working in a professional environment.

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Current opportunities

Probiotics and Pathogens - A Microbial Tug of War for the Host (GILMOUR_Q22DTP)

Primary Supervisor: Dr Matthew Gilmour -

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Bacteriophages as key players in bacterial adaptation to the human gut (ADRIAENSSENS_Q22DTP)

Primary Supervisor: Dr Evelien Adriaenssens -

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Evolution and engineering of non-ribosomal peptide synthetases (WILKINSON_J22DTP1)

Primary Supervisor: Prof Barrie Wilkinson -

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Feasting on Iron (BUTT_U22DTP1)

Many species of bacteria use iron as an electron donor for lithotrophic growth and make significant contributions to biogeochemical mineral cycling. This...

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How does a bacterial pathogen use natural products to infect plants? (TRUMAN_J22DTP)

Primary Supervisor: Dr Andrew Truman -

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Understanding Streptomyces cell division to improve antibiotic production (SCHLIMPERT_J22DTP)

Primary Supervisor: Dr Susan Schlimpert -
Secondary Supervisor: Dr Andrew...

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Investigating the potential for re-emergence of wheat stem rust in a changing climate (SAUNDERS_J22DTP)

Primary Supervisor: Dr Diane Saunders -

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Understanding the mechanistic basis of crop yield reductions in warm winters (PENFIELD_J22DTP)

Primary Supervisor: Prof Steve Penfield -

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Uncovering the genetic pathways regulating RNA modifications during germ cell proliferation (AKAY_U22DTP)

Germline stem cells are essential for the survival of organisms by giving rise to offspring. Gene expression changes within the germ cells can affect...

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Investigating the cellular basis of organ symmetry establishment in plants (MOUBAYIDIN_J22DTP)

Primary Supervisor: Dr Laila Moubayidin -

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The Line of Duty: how to maintain a giant linear plasmid in antibiotic-producing Streptomyces (LE_J22DTP)

Primary Supervisor: Dr Tung Le -

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Engineering Streptomyces bacteria to over produce antibiotics (HUTCHINGS_J22DTP1)

Primary Supervisor: Prof Matt Hutchings -

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