|Funding for:||UK Students|
|Funding amount:||Includes full Home tuition fees plus a stipend of £18,110 2023/24 rate per annum|
|Placed On:||21st September 2023|
|Closes:||23rd October 2023|
DoS: Dr Amiya Patra (email@example.com)
2nd Supervisor: Dr Claire Bethune (firstname.lastname@example.org)
3rd Supervisor: Dr James Walton (email@example.com)
Applications are invited for a three-year PhD studentship available at Dr Amiya Patra’s lab in the Peninsula Medical School, University of Plymouth, UK.
The studentship will start on 01 January 2024. Full time study mode
Allergy to honey bee venom is especially prevalent in beekeepers and their family members. Nearly a quarter of the anaphylactic reactions reported in Europe are caused by the stings of bees. Over 20 patients per year with a diagnosis of anaphylaxis to bee venom are seen in the Peninsula Allergy service at University Hospital Plymouth. Although severe anaphylactic reaction leading to death following bee stings is rare, it is a concern to all beekeepers as it is not possible to predict when or if an individual might be affected. To date no parameter has been identified that may predict which sensitized individual will have a future systemic sting reaction (SSR). Venom immunotherapy (VIT) is the most effective method of treatment for people who had SSR. Development of peripheral tolerance is the main mechanism during immunotherapy and the contribution of regulatory T cells in it have been reported. However, the detailed cellular and molecular mechanisms in establishing tolerance to bee stings are far from clear. The seemingly random nature by which beekeepers may develop anaphylaxis is of concern to beekeepers and their families. It is not clear why some beekeepers develop severe allergic reactions and others either show minor or no reaction at all despite multiple stings. Therefore, this project aims to analyse the mechanism of immune tolerance in tolerant and allergic beekeepers to identify cells and molecules, which could be used as a prognostic marker to predict the occurrence of anaphylaxis following bee sting.
The student will handle human blood samples to isolate cells and will be involved in their detailed cellular and molecular characterisation.
In the course of the project the student will have the opportunity to learn various cellular and molecular immunology techniques such as cell isolation, in vitro culture and differentiation of primary human immune cells, flow cytometry, cell sorting, immunofluorescence microscopy, RNA-seq and ChIP-seq etc.
The project is a collaboration between the groups of Dr Amiya Patra, Peninsula Medical School, University of Plymouth and Dr Claire Bethune and Dr James Walton at the Derriford Hospital, University of Plymouth.
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The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 23rd October 2023. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview before 15th November 2023.
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