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Centre researchers lead new mini-Centre for Doctoral Training in Fighting Infectious Disease


Dr Sourav Ghosh of Loughborough University (LU) is leading a new mini-Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Fighting Infectious Disease. The funding was competitively awarded by the Loughborough University Graduate School against 16 other strong applications. The mini-CDT will comprise five cross-disciplinary PhD studentships working across several University departments.

Infectious disease poses a major threat to public health worldwide and the Department of Health has encouraged the development of new diagnostics and therapeutics by supporting initiatives that promote scientific research, both within the UK and internationally. This mini-CDT is developed with a vision to build capabilities within LU to deliver to this national strategy through a long-term programme of synergistic participation of complementary experts within and outside LU.

Dr Ghosh is leading one studentship and Dr Elizabeth Ratcliffe, EPSRC Enterprise Fellow and Centre Researcher, leads another with co-supervision from E-Term Fellow Dr Qasim Rafiq.

The PhD studentship offered by Dr Sourav Ghosh aims to develop an integrated sensor platform for rapid diagnosis of drug-resistant bacterial infections.

The PhD studentship offered by Dr Elizabeth Ratcliffe aims to develop a small-scale bioreactor platform for antimicrobial resistance product optimisation using a synthetic biology approach. This studentship will involve collaboration with Aston University School of Health and Life Sciences.

The PhD studentships are fully funded for 3 years starting 1st October 2015. Recruitment is currently open and all of the adverts can be found at the LU current studentship opportunities webpage. The closure date for applications is 28th February 2015. Your help in circulating this studentship opportunity to relevant students would be appreciated.