EASTBIO BBSRC DTP PhD Studentships 2015

Application Deadline: Friday 16 January 2015 - How to Apply

The following projects will be supervised by an inter-disciplinary team of academic staff.

Agriculture & Food Security

Can Natural Genetic Variation in Root Iron Plaque Formation in Rice Be Used to Mitigate Arsenic Accumulation in Rice Grains?

Can Study of Epigenetics and Alternate Splicing Uncover Novel Methods to Increase Drought Productivity in Rice?

Introgressing Traits for Resilience and Resource Use Efficiency from Scots Bere to Lines of Elite Barley (TREBLE)

Mycotoxin Contamination in Scottish Cereals and Toxicity Towards Human Gut Microbiota

Niche Evolution in a Warming World

NO Cross-Talking Between Plants and Soil Microbes

Rhizosphere Functioning in Extensively Managed Grasslands in Response to Invertebrate Pests

Root Traits that Enhance Soil and Produce More Food

The Consequences of Delivering Food Security on Other Ecosystem Services

Wood Ash: Transforming a Waste Product into a Sustainable Soil Improver

Bioscience for Health

Antifungal Drug Resistance: Mechanisms of Evolution and Adaptation

Cell Therapy for Diabetes in an Ageing Population

Effects of Essential Amino Acid Restriction in Healthy Ageing

Electrophysiological and Synaptic Correlates of Brain Ageing

Establishing the Health Properties of Branched Fatty Acid Esters of Hydroxyl Fatty Acids (FAHFA), a New Class of Dietary Lipid Bioactives

How Does Healthy Aging Alter Brain Network Structure and Function?

Impacts of High Fat Diet and Maternal Obesity on Offspring Energy Balance Programming

Mitochondria DNA and Healthy Organismal Ageing: Testing the Effects of Genetic Variation on Brain-Cognition Relations

Molecular Dynamics of Resistance and Persistence of Aspergillus fumigatus

Proteomics to Identify Novel Mechanisms Linking Western Diet and Cognition

The Effect of Iron Deficiency on the Electrophysiological Properties of Excitable Cells

The Role of Non-Coding RNA for Body Weight Regulation

Understanding Signalling in Cyanobacteria

Industrial Biotechnology & Bioenergy

A Scientific Marriage of Proteins and Chemistry: Shark VNAR Conjugates, a Potent New Generation of Biopharmaceuticals

A Synthetic Genetic Pacemaker to Control Oscillatory Cellular Dynamics

Synthetic Biology: Generating an Orthogonal Translation Compartment in Yeast

World Class Underpinning Bioscience

Communication Between Muscle and the Brain for Metabolic Health

Development and Use of Fluorescent Hippo Reporter Systems to Study Myogenesis, Muscle Stem Cell Behaviour and Muscle Injury Repair

Development of Non-invasive Advanced Diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging Method for Human Skeletal Muscle

Discovering the Mechanisms and Function of Light Detection by the Brain

Establishing a Neural Metric of Colour Salience

Evaluating DEG/ENaC Channels as the Elusive Mammalian Mechanotransducer

Investigation of the Lens-Regulated Signalling Pathways Controlling Embryonic Eye Growth

Investigation into the Molecular Mechanisms Controlling Normal and Abnormal Hindlimb Rotation: the Origins of Clubfoot?

Multiplex Dynamics of Whole Body Behaviour and Cellular Biology to Define Healthspan Under Dietary Constraints

Pairwise Evolution in Functionally Related Proteins

Resolving the Genetic Basis of Invasiveness to Predict and Prevent Zoonotic Disease Spread

The Physiological Role of Intracellular Zinc Trafficking in Fungi

The Role of mRNA Stability Control During the Differentiation of Neurons

Understanding the Generation and Dynamics of Bartonella Diversity in Fragmented Host Populations


EASTBIO is a partnership between the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and St. Andrews; The Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance (SULSA); and the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA).  The Partnership was created in response to the establishment of BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP) to provide PhD training in areas of strategic relevance to the BBSRC.  The EASTBIO Partnership will be appointing around 29 PhD students to start in October 2015.  The DTP scheme will provide students with excellent cross-disciplinary research training in line with the current BBSRC strategy for research support and training.

Our overarching aim is to develop a unified, cutting edge training curriculum for postgraduate research students, that will equip our students both to undertake world-class research projects and for their future employment needs.  Our proposed programme will cover the three main priority areas identified in the BBSRC's Strategic Plan - Agriculture & Food Security, Industrial Biotechnology & Bioscience, Bioscience for Health and World Class Underpinning Bioscience - and will provide state-of-the-art training in the BBSRC Core Skills areas, emphasising new ways of working.

Training Programme Overview

The EASTBIO programme is designed to provide multidisciplinary training for students with diverse backgrounds including bioscience, biomedical, mathematical and physical sciences.  The focus will be on ‘Interdisciplinary Training’, ‘Enabling New Ways of Working’ and development of ‘Niche Skills’.  Expert training in one discipline will be supplemented by cross disciplinary training in others, enabling students to draw on a range of technologies and approaches to address biological questions.  The programme structure will be tailored to the individual student’s background, training needs and the nature of the research project.

EASTBIO will run a comprehensive training programme structured into three components:

(i) Research Training

(ii) Bioscience Skills Training

(iii) Generic Skills Training

 The programme will be supported by annual residential and non-residential workshops and symposia.