Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Doctoral Training Programme

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Please note that the list of projects available will be increased over the next few weeks so please check frequently. Project details may also be subject to change before September 2017.


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Discovery and characterisation of copy number variation in the chicken genome

This mini-project will begin by applying bioinformatic analysis of chicken (or cattle) genome sequences to develop a pipeline for defining and genotype-calling CNVs. This will use a collection of genome sequences available in Nottingham (Prof. Olivier Hanotte) augmented by genome sequences from collaborators elsewhere.

Decoding the molecular basis of antigenic variation in animal African trypanosomes

Tagging and localisation of potential antigenic surface proteins of Trypanosoma congolense. During the rotation, students will investigate the surface composition of the major causative species of Animal African Trypanosomiasis (AAT) by endogenous locus tagging and subcellular localization of putative variable surface proteins.

Unravelling Animal African Trypanosomiasis: Starve the Parasite, Feed the World

In this rotation, students will carry out the first steps towards the definition of molecules that are critical to animal African trypanosomes. In the main project, identified molecules will be tested for biological functions and parasite viability, potential as drug targets and in vaccine development.

Fungal sex hormones as novel agents for disease control

Fungi are responsible for a number of devastating plant diseases. However, fungi are also used for the beneficial production of various foodstuffs and valuable pharmaceuticals and other metabolites. This project aims to identify whether fungal sexual reproduction can be exploited to produce hormonal factors that might be used as novel growth regulators.

From pests to paradise: control and conservation of molluscan biodiversity

During the lab rotation the student will receive training in several of the techniques that are a necessary component of the larger PhD project. Depending upon the existing skills of the student, these are likely to include a range of molecular biology techniques (e.g. DNA extraction, PCR, RNA methods), analysis (e.g. mapping genes to chromosomes), simple (e.g BLAST searching) and more advanced bioinformatics (e.g. phylogenetics, introduction to biolinux).
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Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Doctoral Training Programme

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