Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Doctoral Training Programme

Molecules, Cells and Organisms projects


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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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Investigating pharmacological properties of novel molecules isolated from Malaysian rainforest flora

In this rotation, the student will begin to examine this hypothesis testing activity of a novel Malaysian rainforest-derived natural product. The student will subcultivate human-derived carcinoma cell lines and examine by MTT and clonogenic assays the effect of a novel compound on cell proliferation and viability.

Realtime measurement of staphylococcal quorum sensing signal biosynthesis

The student will learn a range of fundamental molecular biology and genetic engineering in both E. coli and S. aureus. This will then be followed by training to perform microbiological-based assays that measure reconstituted Nanoluciferase bioluminescence (Promega Nanobit Technology) in response to the secretion of an established modified staphylococci agrD peptide, which is a precursor of the staphylococcal autoinducing peptide (AIP).

Unravelling the mechanism of pseudomonal resistance to the peptide antibiotic argyrin

The student will be trained to perform standard antimicrobial biassay, including quantitative analysis using the professional software Prism. The assay will be performed using argyrin analogues, and against a number of standard test organisms.

The role of polyadenylation in growth factor signalling.

In this project, you will investigate if these mRNAs are indeed regulated by polyadenylation during growth factor stimulation and which RNA binding proteins mediate the poly(A) tail changes. Using bioinformatic analysis, you will identify RNA binding proteins likely to be involved in this regulation.

Discovery of GET peptides that specifically target drug therapies to children's brain tumours.

This training project will be to isolate cancer-specific peptides using the phage system. The aim/hypothesis is that this approach will enable isolation of GET-versions that in the future can be used as drug delivery vectors.
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