|UK Students, EU Students, International Students
|8th November 2023
|26th January 2024
Funding providers: EPSRC and Swansea University's Faculty of Science and Engineering
Subject areas: Polymer and Glyco Chemistry, Biomaterials, Antimicrobials
A significant phenotypic heterogeneity exists within the clonal bacterial population for adhesion to different surfaces. Bacteria even lacking adhesive lectins can bind to cells and cause infections. The objective of this studentship is focused on engineering heterogeneous glycosystems with patchy attributes to simultaneously target varied bacterial populations with high selectivity index.
The candidate will employ an exciting interdisciplinary approach, commencing with polymer and glycochemistry to engineer patchy glycosystems. These systems will be thoroughly characterized in our modern University laboratory using SEM, AFM, and TEM. The efficacy of these materials will be assessed against different bacterial strains in the Institute of Life Sciences at Swansea University. A comprehensive training programme will be provided by an interdisciplinary supervisory team’s expertise in chemistry (Dr Bhatia), natural products (Dr Loveridge), and microbiology (Professor Wilkinson).
Candidates must hold an undergraduate degree at 2.1 level or master’s degree with a minimum overall grade at ‘Merit’ (or Non-UK equivalent as defined by Swansea University). Please note that you may need to provide evidence of your English Language proficiency.
English Language: IELTS 6.0 Overall (with no individual component below 5.5) or Swansea University recognised equivalent.
This scholarship is open to candidates of any nationality.
Please visit our website for more information on eligibility.
This scholarship covers the full cost of UK tuition fees and an annual stipend at UKRI rate (currently £18,622 for 2023/24).
Additional research expenses will also be available.
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