NEW FOR 2018 applications are currently open for the new UEA and Norwich Research Park MRC Doctoral Antimicrobial Research Training (DART) iCASE studentships.
Funded for 3.5 years, these prestigious studentships will be around antimicrobial resistance, including themes such as novel approaches to antibiotic discovery, rapid diagnostics, novel anti-infective therapies and using endogenous gut microbiota to protect against infectious diseases.
Targeting bacterial virulence: Macrophage interactivity potentiator (MIP) proteins are virulence factors which modulate the pathogenicity of several Gram-negative bacteria including Legionella and Burkholderia. We recently showed that MIPs are important for key virulence phenotypes in the opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa. This project will extend these studies and investigate the specific roles that MIPs play as virulence factors; the Ps. aeruginosa genome encodes several MIPS that are involved in virulence.
Exponential mutagenesis for antibiotic discovery: This collaborative project will explore and develop novel methods for high throughput identification of antibiotic pathways in bacteria. The student will use a combination of molecular microbiology, synthetic biology and bioinformatics to develop novel approaches for transposon mutagenesis and identification of new antibcterial compounds from bacteria.
Spending a minimum of 3 months working with the project’s industrial partner, this is a great chance to take your research career to the next level in a cutting edge, collaborative research environment surrounded by experts in the field.
Start date for these studentships: October 2018.
Deadline for applications: Thursday 28 June 2018
For more information on MRC DART iCASE studentships, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.