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PhD Opportunity: Bioprospecting and synthetic biology for novel microbial pigments

The student will collect seawater samples from the Scottish coast, and subject them to automated Raman spectroscopy-based cell-sorting, which allows single cells with promising spectral properties to be rescued for subsequent culturing in the lab. The established strains will be characterized using ‘omics’ technology to pinpoint the molecular entities underpinning pigment production. The student will then use a synthetic biology approach for pathway optimization in Synechococcus PCC 7002.

The student will receive training in marine phycology (SAMS, Oban), Raman spectroscopy and microfluidics (Engineering), omics technologies (Glasgow Polyomics) and molecular/synthtic biology (MVLS -MCSB).

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