University of Leeds PhD Position: Engineering mucosal biofilm nurseries for AMR research

An exciting PhD studentship is available at the University of Leeds to develop a model of the colonic mucosa.

The microbes inhabiting the human colon interact with different ecological environments, such as the mucosa and lumen, which results in different microbial communities inhabiting these sites. However, there is little research on the microbial community inhabiting the in vivo mucosal environment. This project will investigate the role the gut microbiota plays in hosting antimicrobial resistant (AMR) pathogens.

The candidate will work with an interdisciplinary supervisory team cutting across Engineering (Prof N Kapur/Dr P Culmer) and Microbiology (Dr A Buckley) to develop a ‘biofilm nursery’ with defined and controlled fluidic environments operating under physiologically relevant conditions.

Funded through the EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship consisting of the award of fees with a maintenance grant for 3.5 years.

The application deadline is 18 March 2022.

Visit the University of Leeds website to find out more and apply.