Medicine: Fully Funded Kemin Europa N.V. PhD Scholarship at Swansea University: Controlling the public and animal health threat from Campylobacter infection in broiler chickens

  • Full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend
  • Deadline: July 13, 2018
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Fully Funded Kemin Europa N.V. PhD Scholarship: Controlling the public and animal health threat from Campylobacter infection in broiler chickens by improving gut health and reducing inflammation

Subject areas: Campylobacter infection biology, Innate Immunity, Microbial Genomics, Molecular Microbiology

Start date: October 2018

The two most important vehicles for human Campylobacter infection in the developed world are contaminated chicken muscle and liver. To reach these tissues Campylobacter spp. (mainly C. jejuni) must leave the chicken gut. The processes by which this occurs are poorly understood but recent work in Swansea University has shown the importance of inflammation of gut mucosa. There is a strong correlation between the induction of pro-inflammatory cytokines and invasion of epithelial cells by C. jejuni strains, although there are marked differences between individual isolates of the bacteria. As well as increasing the public health threat from Campylobacter, damage to gut mucosa also challenges bird health, welfare and performance. Strategies to control invasion from the gut and reduce inflammation may represent a viable approach to controlling Campylobacter.

This fully funded PhD is a collaboration between academics at Swansea University Medical School (SUMS) and colleagues at Kemin Europa N.V. The project will focus on three major areas i) Identify C. jejuni genes associated with invasion from or survival in the gut ii) Understand the differences in inflammatory responses between invasive and non-invasive strains and iii) Use ‘anti-inflammatory’ interventions to control inflammation and limit C. jejuni invasion

The successful student will join a team of multi-disciplinary scientists working in Microbiology and Infectious Disease group (MID) at Swansea University Medical School and will work closely with the food industry to generate meaningful data. The project will involve significant time spent with the collaborating company.

Project supervision will include three academic supervisors within MID and an Industrial supervisor at Kemin Europa N.V.

Closing date for applications is 13 July 2018. Interviews are likely to take place in the week commencing 23 July 2018.

Eligibility

Candidates should have a minimum of a 2.1 undergraduate degree and/or a master's degree or equivalent in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Immunology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Zoology or a related discipline.

We would normally expect the academic and English Language requirements to be met by point of application. For details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit – http://www.swansea.ac.uk/admissions/englishlanguagerequirements/

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is open to UK/EU candidates only.

Benefits

This scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of £14,777.

The successful candidate will have opportunities to attend national and international conferences during their candidature and a chance to compete for Medical School travel bursaries or to Microbiological Societies.

Application

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