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PhD Studentship: Biophysical Studies of Lipid-Protein Interactions

University of Birmingham - School of Chemistry

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Birmingham
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 28th November 2023
Closes: 4th January 2024

Knowledge of the structure of a cell membrane and the interactions between its components is crucial to our understanding of membrane properties and function. It is established that bacterial cell membranes differ in lipid composition from eukaryotic plasma cell membranes, as do different membranes within cells. Little is known about the reasons for this diversity, although some specific interactions between lipids and proteins have neem identified. Our projects focus on the interactions between lipids or between lipids and proteins, using a range of structural and spectroscopic tools. This project will apply a range of electrochemical, structural and spectroscopic tools to investigate specific lipid-protein interactions and whether they can be targeted for therapies, antimicrobial treatments or crop protection.

The project will be supervised by Dr SL Horswell, Prof. TR Dafforn and Dr LR Cox. Please see https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/mibtp/index.aspx for more details.

Funding notes:

This project is funded by the Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership 3 (MIBTP2020):
https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/mibtp/

You can also search for sources of funding at www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding. For details of the funding available and advice on making your application, please contact dr@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

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