UK: PhD Scholarship In vitro modelling of tongue microbial biofilms and their response to treatments at University of the West of England

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Description: The Graduate School is offering a fully funded EPSRC i-CASE PhD studentship researching ‘In vitro modelling of tongue microbial biofilms and their response to treatments’. The studentship offers an enhanced stipend and will involve visits and laboratory work in a company location as well as work at UWE.

This studentship will be supervised by Professor John Greenman (UWE, Bristol) and co-supervised by Professor Darren Reynolds (Centre for Research in Biosciences, UWE, Bristol) and Dr Jay Patel (Senior Scientist, Philips Research Laboratories, Cambridge).

This is an extraordinary opportunity to make a key contribution to further the understanding of how biofilm models that share microcosm properties found in vivo (e.g. tongue or periodontium) can give key information for development of formulations, treatments or interventions that will work in vivo. In particular, focus will be on improving our understanding of biofilm attachment, physiology and growth and production of volatile organic compounds (VOC). The study will therefore contribute to the development of new healthcare products.

The scholarship is available from 1 January 2014 and consists of an annual maintenance bursary of £13,726 and an additional industrial bursary from co-sponsors; all subject to satisfactory progress.

To Apply: Applicants should have, or expect to obtain, a first class or good 2:1 honours degree, or a distinction or high merit at MSc level (or international equivalent) or have professional qualifications (MLSO) and preferentially some relevant experience of medical or dental-oral microbiology with a particular focus on biofilm models.

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