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Current PhD Opportunities and Studentships

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Developing mechanistic hypotheses for the action of therapeutic diets in the treatment of Crohns disease (QUINCE_E22MMB)

Crohn’s disease (CD) is an incapacitating inflammatory disease of the gut. Dietary therapy is one of the most effective treatments for CD with the advantage...

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Detection of interval cancers of Upper GI Tract using advanced text mining methods (IGLESIAB_U22SF)

According to various studies [1,2,3], upper gastrointestinal (UGI) cancers are frequently missed at endoscopy. Also the percentage of early diagnosis of such...

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Biofilms - From Structure-Function to Antimicrobial Discovery (HEMMINGSA_U22SF)

Antibiotic resistance has emerged as a major threat to public health. The treatment of many clinically relevant pathogenic bacteria pathogen has become...

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Guess Who: Developing a Behavioural Fingerprint for Insider Threat Detection (BUCKLEYO_U22SF)

Insider threats pose a growing risk to businesses, institutions, and governmental organisations. A recent survey suggests the global cost of insider threats...

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Following the light: using 'brightspots' to avoid future forest fires (CARMENTA_DEV22SENSS)

Responding to the reality of pervasive tropical forest fires is an urgent social and environmental challenge. Tropical fires emit disproportionate quantities...

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Towards designing novel therapeutics for targeting neglected tropical diseases (STEPHENSONR_U22SF)

This exciting PhD opportunity at the interface of chemistry, medicine and biology is offered as part of the UEA Open Lab Africa project. Techniques of...

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Chiral allene derived-metal complexes for asymmetric catalysis and metallotherapy (MUNOZM_U22SF)

Applications are welcome for a self-funded project to be developed at the School of Chemistry of the University of East Anglia to work in the research group...

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Finding the source and tracking transmission of an antibiotic-resistant superbug, Acinetobacter baumannii (EVANS_U22MMB)

Understanding where antibiotic-resistant bacteria come from and how they are being spread between patients within a hospital is essential to be able to...

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How do bacteria contribute to aggressive prostate cancer? – A joint lab/bioinformatics PhD studentship (BREWER_U22MMB)

Prostate cancer (PCa) is the second most common cancer in men worldwide and ~307,000 men die every year. We know that infectious agents, such as bacteria and...

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Genomic epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2 in East Anglia (PAGE_Q22MMB)

The UK is a world leader in SARS-CoV-2 genome sequencing thanks to the COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium (COG-UK). The Quadram Institute, in particular the Page...

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Paratyphoid Mary? Salmonella Paratyphi A transmission and characterisation of carrier states (LANGRIDGE_Q22MMB)

Salmonella enterica serovar Paratyphi A (SPA) causes paratyphoid fever, a severe infection increasing in regions of Asia. Between 2016 and 2019, cases per...

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Exploiting human gut microbiome in mucus to combat pathogens (JUGE_Q22MMB)

This PhD studentship provides an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to investigate gut symbiont-pathogen interactions at the mucosal surface...

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Bacteriophages as precision medicine in the ageing gut (ADRIAENSSENS_Q22MMB)

Bacteriophages are the most abundant biological entity on the planet, but their role in the human microbiome is poorly understood. In this project, the...

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Finding new antibiotics in the soil microbiota (MALONE_J22MMB)

The increase in drug-resistant bacterial infections is a major global health threat. This crisis is exacerbated by a lack of new antibiotics, caused by...

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Understanding the role of the ocean in climate variability (THOMPSOND_U22RS2)

A fully-funded PhD studentship is available on the role of the ocean in the climate system. The extent to which the ocean contributes to climate variability...

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First Steps to Independence: Evaluating a Behaviourally Informed Independent Travel Training Programme (PATEL_ECO22SENSS)

Today’s children are growing up in tough times. Children’s services are under serious pressure, mental health problems are increasingly common, and COVID has...

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Developing a Psychological Model of Recovery from Postpartum Psychosis (HODGEKINS_MED22SENSS)

Postpartum psychosis (PP) is a severe but treatable form of mental illness that can happen to women after having a baby. PP affects approximately 2 mothers...

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Synthesis of Porphyrin-Phthalocyanine hybrids (CAMMIDGEA_U22SF)

This PhD project will focus on (organic) synthesis and assembly of new Porphyrin analogues. It will take recent developments in our lab for synthesis of...

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Improved computational methods for bacterial strain identification (HUBERK_U22SCI50)

Infections and infectious diseases – including bacterial infections - cost the NHS an estimated £30 billion each year. Key to countering threats to human...

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Understanding changes in temperature persistence under global warming (THOMPSOND_U22RS1)

A fully-funded PhD studentship is available in the physics of climate change. The project will focus on changes in surface temperature “persistence” - or...

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Doctor of Medicine-MD

Based in the School of Medicine, successful completion of this two year, full-time or four year, part-time...

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