|Location:||Newcastle upon Tyne|
|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students, International Students|
|Placed On:||26th September 2023|
|Closes:||23rd October 2023|
100% of home tuition fees covered, and a minimum tax-free annual living allowance of £18,622 (2023-24 UKRI rates). Also significant additional funding provided to cover research costs and local, national and international travel (e.g. conferences).
Interested in understanding how rapid sequencing technology can help the UK protect against alien pests and diseases? Working in collaboration with Defra, this PhD will investigate the potential of nanopore sequencing to rapidly detect plant pathogens and their vectors.
Oxford Nanopore Technology (ONT) Minion has been used for sequencing from PCR amplicons, giving a rapid sequence based confirmation of the presence of high risk pathogens such as COVID and Ebola, but it’s application in plant health has been limited. The studentship would investigate applications of this technology both in the labs at Fera and for deployment with inspectors. The aims of the studentship would be to: (1) Investigate the detection of whole genomes and their use as a proxy indication of pathogen viability, using a tiled amplicon sequencing approach for the detection and identification of tomato brown rugose fruit virus, including comparing the results for biologically viable and non-viable virus. (2) The simultaneous detection and sequence confirmation of suites of pathogens and pests, using multiplexed amplicon sequencing approach for the detection of viruses in soft fruits.
Number of awards: 1
Start date: 1st January 2024
Award duration: 3 years
Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra)
You must have, or expect to gain, a minimum 2:1 Honours degree or international equivalent in a subject relevant to the proposed PhD project (e.g. biological sciences, plant pathology, virology, biotechnology, molecular biology).
Applicants whose first language is not English require an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills.
The studentship covers fees at the Home rate (UK and EU applicants with pre-settled/settled status and meet the residency criteria). International applicants are welcome to apply but will be required to cover the difference between Home and International fees.
International applicants may require an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate prior to obtaining their visa and to study on this programme.
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