PhD Studentship – Impact of New Methods for Detecting Mycobacterium Paratuberculosis on Control of Johne’s Disease in Cattle

University of Nottingham -School of Biosciences – Division of Food Science

Supervisor: Dr Catherine Rees

Other Supervisor/s involved: Dr Jon Huxley (UoN Vet Med) and Dr Michael Hutchings (SRUC)

Johne’s disease is a wasting disease of cattle and other ruminants resulting in lower meat and milk yields, and leading to significant financial losses to both the dairy and beef industries. It is caused by Mycobacterium aviumsubsp. paratuberculosis (MAP) which is an exceptionally slow growing organism (up to 18 weeks). MAP is considered to be endemic in many countries throughout the world and although the disease can be controlled, early detection and reliable diagnostics are paramount in preventing transmission between animals.

We have recently developed and evaluated a new bacteriophage-based assay for the detection of MAP in raw milk samples and which provides results within 48 h. This project will focus on generating data describing prevalence of MAP within dairy herds, and using this assay to better understand how the results gained can be utilised in terms of rapid diagnosis and herd control.

The project is a collaboration with Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) who are a centre of excellence for modelling the epidemiology of this disease. The student will be expected to spend time during the project working with this group in Scotland to model the impact of the new assay on disease control in cattle. The successful candidate will have a background in Microbiology/Biology or Mathematical/Statistical Modelling. To realise the full scope of the project, the ideal candidate should have the ability to undertake laboratory-based research and apply current statistical and numerical techniques.

Students must hold a BSc in relevant biological discipline; minimum of 2i (or equivalent) required.

This studentship is available from 23 September 2013 for a period of 3½ years and provides full fees for Home/EU student and a stipend equivalent to BBSRC minimum

To apply please access: Please quote ref. SCI/1271. This studentship will remain open until filled.


Posted on April 19, 2013, in Job Opportunities, Research grants, fellowship and scholarships, Youth and Agriculture and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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