PhD Studentship: 'Feeding' the microbiota to improve host health

University of East Anglia - Norwich Medical School

Start Date:  1st October 2017

No. of positions available: 1

Supervisor: Dr Lindsay Hall

Project description:

We are looking for a creative and motivated PhD candidate to join a dynamic, multi-disciplinary research team investigating the early life (infant) microbiota and host interactions. This position is within Dr Lindsay Hall’s lab at the Institute of Food Research. In 2018, research teams from IFR will integrate into the Quadram Institute, a new interdisciplinary research institute at the forefront of a new era in gut microbes, food and health research (, thus providing an excellent platform for a starting scientific career.

Background: Our bodies are home to complex microbial communities, termed the microbiota, which are fundamental for host health. During the first stages of life our microbiota is dominated by the microbiota genus, Bifidobacterium that is commonly associated with the healthy infant gut. Previous work in the Hall lab has suggested that specific components expressed by bifidobacteria may ‘program’ microbiota community development and in turn positively influence host health.

The goal of this PhD studentship is to use biochemistry, microbiology and bioinformatic techniques in combination with in vivo analysis to identify mechanisms underlying bifidobacterial metabolite cross-talk with the wider microbiota and the host.

This PhD studentship will provide excellent training in a wide range of techniques including; bacterial culturing, stable isotope labelling of bacteria, molecular microbiology, model colon systems, metabolomics, next generation DNA sequencing (and bioinformatics tools), and in vivo methods.

Person specification: Minimum entry 2:1

Funding notes: Full Studentships cover a stipend (RCUK rate: £14,296pa – 2016/7), research costs and tuition fees at UK/EU rate, and are available to UK and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements.

Students from EU countries who do not meet the UK residency requirements may be eligible for a fees-only award. Students in receipt of a fees-only award will be eligible for a maintenance stipend awarded by the NRPDTP Bioscience Doctoral Scholarships, which when combined will equal a full studentship. To be eligible students must meet the EU residency requirements.

Details on eligibility for funding on the BBSRC website: 

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