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School of Biosciences Morgan E. Williams MRes Scholarship in Helminthology (2016) (Master's Studentship)

Reference Number: R2312
Closing Date: 27/05/2016
Duration: 1 year
Funding Amount: partial tuition fees
Level of Study: Postgraduate Research
Regions: EU (Non UK), UK

The Cardiff Parasitology Group

Key Studentship Information

The Cardiff Parasitology Group invites you to apply for a seven month research project in helminth parasitology as part of the Masters of Research in Biosciences.

A wide range of research projects are available in both applied and fundamental research using a diversity of host-parasite systems, including invertebrates, fish and mammals. Please find a list of potential projects below:

Can microparasites alter the spread and severity of epidemic infection?

In nature, it is usual for host populations to be infected with multiple parasite species. Most animal species are host to endemic macroparasites, which often result in long-term infections. Recently researchers have realised that such infections may change the course of epidemic microparasitic diseases either by within-host interactions between the parasites or through alterations of the host population dynamics. Our group has previously demonstrated that coinfection with a gut macroparasite can lower the transmission potential of a lethal epidemic species by reducing the number of infectious stages emerging from the host.

However, preliminary work also suggests that this same macroparasite makes the host more susceptible to infection by the microparasite. We need to know how these differential effects of the macroparasite interact and what the consequences are for epidemic spread and severity.

The successful applicant for the Morgan E Williams scholarship will explore the role of the macroparasite-microparasite relationship in our established laboratory coinfection system. The project will focus on one or more areas of the macroparasite-microparasite relationship (e.g. host susceptibility, population dynamic interactions, behavioural changes, immune response). The specific choice of project will depend upon the interests and aptitudes of the successful candidate. The student will receive training in a broad range of parasitological and ecological techniques during the project work. They will also have the opportunity to be part of the active CRIPES (http://cripescardiff.co.uk) research community, which offers a stimulating and supportive environment for the discussion and development of research ideas.

Supervisor: Dr Joanne Lello

The group offers a friendly, exciting and supportive research environment to develop your research skills.

The Master of Research (MRes) in Biosciences is a one-year programme designed to provide a valuable postgraduate qualification that enables individuals who wish to improve their research skills to undertake a research project in the laboratory of an internationally renowned scientist. The programme would be ideal for someone thinking of undertaking a PhD but wishing to learn more about research. It also offers the award of a postgraduate certificate thus maximising accessibility to individuals working in industry or higher education, both at home or abroad.

Start Date: There is one intake each year in late September. The next enrolment session for the MRes in Biosciences is September 2016.

Duration: 1 year

Funding

There is one scholarship offering a reduction of £2,500 off the tuition fees for the Masters of Reasearch in Biosciences.


Eligibility

Residency Criteria: This funding opportunity is open to EU and UK students without further restriction.

Academic Criteria: Please see the entry requirements to the Masters of Research in Biosciences.

How to Apply

To be considered you must make an online application to the Master of Research in Biosciences (September 2016 entry) and send a C.V. and a covering letter detailing why you are interested/deserving of the scholarship to BIOSI-MRes@cardiff.ac.uk.

The deadline for applications to this scholarship is Friday 27 May 2016.

Cardiff University reserves the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.

Further Information

For further information or to discuss potential projects, please contact Rachel Paterson:

Email: PatersonRJ@cardiff.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)208 70860.



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