University of Dundee

Plant Sciences

EASTBIO: Harnessing host-microbiota interaction to sustainably enhance plant’s micronutrients uptake

Supervisors: Dr Davide Bulgarelli, Division of Plant Sciences and Dr Timothy George (The James Hutton Institute) 

This project aims at enhancing the plant’s uptake of mineral micronutrients by identifying the genetic determinants underpinning plant-microbiota interactions in the rhizosphere, the interface between roots and soil.  

China Scholarship Council PhD programme - Convergence of an aphid and oomycete virulence strategy on a negative regulator of plant immunity

The School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee, joint with the China Scholarship Council (CSC), is proud to be able to offer a scholarship programme for postgraduate research students. The scholarship covers all tuition fees and research fees and provides living expenses and one return flight ticket to successful candidates. There are up to 5 scholarships of 4 years duration available.

Project Description

China Scholarship Council PhD programme - Understanding diversity and virulence of fungal pathogens on barley

The School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee, joint with the China Scholarship Council (CSC), is proud to be able to offer a scholarship programme for postgraduate research students. The scholarship covers all tuition fees and research fees and provides living expenses and one return flight ticket to successful candidates. There are up to 5 scholarships of 4 years duration available.

Project Description

EASTBIO: How does PcNMRAL1 orchestrate infection-associated gene expression changes during host colonisation?

Eukaryote pathogens such as Phytophthora capsici cause significant disease on a wide range of plants. If we aspire to prevent losses incited by Eukaryote pathogens, we must elucidate the mechanisms that enable disease. We have uncovered compelling new evidence demonstrating that a conserved transcriptional regulator in P. capsici, PcNMRAL1, helps regulate the expression of pathogen-encoded gene complements in a stage-specific manner.

Wellcome 4-Year PhD Programme in Integrated molecular, cellular and translational biology

Recruitment for our Wellcome 4-Year PhD Programme in Integrated molecular, cellular and translational biology is now open.  Greater than 40 different supervisors participate with diverse research areas.  Further information can be found on the programme website.  Students on this programme will carry out three short laboratory placements prior to selection of main PhD project.

Deadline for applications set as 10th January 2020