Advanced Biological Sciences MRes Research Projects 23/24

If you’re looking to move into a career in science, whether in academia, industry or biomedicine research, the Advanced Biological Sciences MRes will enable you to develop advanced knowledge, skills and understanding in biological sciences. A year-long research project, under the supervision of an expert tutor, forms the central part of the course. Selecting the right project is a key decision and we’ll help you choose a topic relevant to your interests and career plans.

To discuss your research project please email the programme director Dr Svetlana Antonyuk

Project TitleProject TypeSupervisor
Investigating the role of calmodulin in cardiac arrhythmia Laboratory Dr Nordine Helassa
Structure functional studies of human Methionine Adenosyltranferases upregulated in hepatocellular carcinoma Laboratory Dr Svetlana Antonyuk
Studying animal metabolism in relation to health and disease Laboratory Prof Warwick Dunn
Determination of 3C-like protease-substrate specificity and reaction kinetic by proteomics Laboratory Dr Edward Emmott
Engineering more water-use efficient crops: functional genomics of CO2 fixation during Crassulacean acid metabolism Laboratory Dr James Hartwell
How does the YB-1 oncoprotein control protein translation in hypoxic tumour cells Laboratory Dr Niall Kenneth
Sexual selection in insects Laboratory Prof Zenobia Lewis
Biosynthesis and Bioengineering of Molecular machines Laboratory Prof Luning Liu
Why do cancers cells re-express meiotic SYCP1 protein and how can use this in the clinic Laboratory Dr Urszula McClurg
Understanding the evolution of meiotic DNA anchorage during recombination and its impact on species fitness  Laboratory Dr Urszula McClurg 
Is meiotic TEX12 a novel regulator of centrosome amplifications in cancer?  Laboratory Dr Urszula McClurg  
Investigating the role of chromatin in regulation of co-transcriptional RNA quality control  Laboratory Dr Manolis Papamichos
Investigating the role of the INO80 chromatin remodeler in oncogenic transcription in cancer: Mechanism and function in acute myeloid leukemia Laboratory Dr Manolis Papamichos  
Investigating the role of the INO80 chromatin remodeler in resolving transcription-replication conflicts in cancer: Mechanism and function in acute myeloid leukemia.  Laboratory Dr Manolis Papamichos  
Dynamic contrast enhanced MRI to assess treatment response in brain tumours  Laboratory Prof Harish Poptani
Exploiting Deep Learning-based protein structure prediction for function annotation and structural biology  Desk based Prof Dan Rigden
Hypoxia and inflammation crosstalk  Laboratory Prof Sonia Rocha
Impact of non-antibiotic drugs on the generation of bacteria persistant to antibiotics Laboratory Dr J.Enrique Salcedo-Sora
Elucidating the mito-pH physiology, using a new generation of Multiverse Genetically Encoded Fluorescent Probes Laboratory Dr Massimiliano Stagi 
Actomyosin mediated force feedback for healthy ageing Laboratory Dr Tobias Zech
Genome-empowered bioinformatic analyses of the adaptive evolution of electrostatic surface charge in respiratory proteins  Desk based Dr Michael Berenbrink 
Examining the role of stable IL-10 dimers in countering bacterial and cytokine-induced inflammation and disruption of the intestinal epithelium  Laboratory Prof Barry Campbell
Microbial evolution, mobile genetic elements, and horizontal gene transfer  Laboratory Dr James Hall
Symbiont-host interactions in insects  Laboratory Prof Greg Hurst
Climate drivers of Infectious Disease Outbreaks in the Horn of Africa  Desk based Dr Louise Kelly-Hope
Can a beneficial bacteria that protects plants from aphids also protect against an aphid-transmitted virus?  Laboratory Dr Daniel Leybourne
Identifying successful crop mixtures for the sustainable management of cereal aphids and associated viruses  Laboratory Dr Daniel Leybourne
Population genetics and molecular taxonomy of rats in South-East Asia  Laboratory Prof Ben Makepeace
Comparative genomics of Rickettsiella symbionts of parasitic mites of veterinary and agricultural importance  Laboratory Prof Ben Makepeace
Role of mammalian interferon-gamma in the innate immune response of tick cells to tick-borne pathogens  Laboratory Prof Ben Makepeace 
Impacts of land-use and climate change on tick-borne disease risk in the UK  Laboratory Dr Caroline Millins
Comparative analysis of different photogrammetric approaches for 3D modelling of animal organs  Laboratory Prof Lorenzo Ressel
Molecular evolution of taste perception and feeding ecology in mammals  Laboratory Prof Soraya Shirazi-Beechey 
Fitness cost of co-infection by different pathogens in Drosophila melanogaster  Laboratory Venera Tyukmaeva
Impacts of climate change on plant-soil co-adaptation and ecosystem functioning  Laboratory Dr Raj Whitlock
Evolutionary resistance to climate change in plant populations exposed to chronic climate treatments  Laboratory Dr Raj Whitlock 
Ecological responses to climate change in response to 30 years of drought, warming and watering treatments  Laboratory Dr Raj Whitlock 
Genomic responses to climate change in an ecological model plant species  Laboratory Dr Raj Whitlock 
Nutritional toxicity in Drosophila melanogaster  Laboratory Dr Stuart Wigby 
Anti-ageing drugs and male fertility: trade-offs or delayed reproductive ageing?  Laboratory Dr Stuart Wigby 
Mechanisms of post mating sexual selection  Laboratory Dr Stuart Wigby 
Impact of microbial bioprotectants on grain malting quality of barley  Laboratory Dr Sharon Zytynska 
Combining adaptation and physiology to predict the pace of life in diverse animals  Desk based Prof David Atkinson 
Impacts of warming on animal life histories and ecological processes  Desk based Prof David Atkinson  
Sex and the selfish gene  Desk based Prof Andrea Betancourt
Receptor crosstalk mechanisms driving cancer invasion and drug resistance  Laboratory Dr Mark Morgan 
Structural studies of tensin specificity for integrin receptor in cell-matrix adhesion complexes Laboratory Dr Igor Barsukov 
Enzyme-mediated hydrolysis of the human sebum in domestic cleaning Laboratory Dr Igor Barsukov 
Analysis of polysaccharide modifying enzymes and activities of their products  Laboratory Prof David Fernig 
Development of a novel series of probes to measure changes in pH of the pre-synaptic vesicle Laboratory Dr Massimiliano Stagi
How do female relationships shape the social system of a group-living mammal?  Laboratory Prof Paula Stockley 
Does the fear of predators impede the reproduction of prey?  Desk based Dr Liam Dougherty 
Understanding cell signalling machinery in the pan-genome of plants  Desk based Prof Andy Jones 
Discovery of new post-translational modifications on human proteins and their role in disease  Desk based Prof Andy Jones 
The impact of sub-inhibitory antitbiotics on the Pseudomonas aeruginosa proteome in artificial sputum  Laboratory Prof Jo Fothergill


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