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PhD studentship University College Cork

The APC Microbiome Ireland are currently recruiting a highly motivated PhD candidate to join the Microbe Restore Team. The gut microbiota plays an important role in human health and individual members of this community, particularly those that co-evolved with mammals, play a crucial role in host development. The loss of these species, a consequence of an industrialized lifestyle, might be one contributing mechanism to the global rise of chronic inflammatory diseases. This PhD project seeks to explore these ‘lost species’, so-called VANISH taxa, to determine their role in the gut and effect on host biology and immune development. The incumbent will study immune-microbiota interactions in models of multiple sclerosis and allergy and explore the underlying mechanisms by which these microbes may impact pathologies. This project is part of a broader Science Foundation Ireland funded program of work using nutritional- and microbiome-based approaches to prevent chronic disease.

To Apply: Please email the following information to Victoria McMahon ( for consideration by the selection committee:

As a single PDF file:

• A one-page cover letter outlining any relevant experience and your reasons for wanting to undertake a PhD, and specifically your interest in this project or field of research.

• A Curriculum Vitae including your education history, courses, awards and skills. Also, if appropriate, please include details of any publications and conference presentations.

The deadline for applications is 30th September 2022. Please quote “PhD Vacancy” on the subject line of your email.

Status: Accepting applications.

Deadline: 30th September 2022.

Further details can be found below.

FINAL PhD Ad - Walter group
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