The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC, a part of UK Research and Innovation) has announced £170m in funding to support 1700 PhD researchers over the next 5 years. BBSRC’s Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) provide vital training to early career scientists working at the cutting edge of biology and biotechnology.
Dr Jennifer Wardle, EASTBIO alumna and DCDF awardee, presented her DCDF project "What links soil nutrients to the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy?" at the 2023 British Society of Soil Science (BSSS) ECR conference in Belfast.
Thank you to those who completed the 2023 Student Survey, which closed at the end of May 2023. About 40% of the total EASTBIO student population provided feedback on the DTP, its processes, and governance.
The Training and Development Sub-Committee has discussed this feedback in great detail, highlighting priority areas, and producing a proposal of changes to the programme, and response to students highlighting these changes, which was put to the wider management group for implementation and approval.
12 undergraduate candidates undertook summer Research Experience Placements across the EASTBIO partner institutions of Aberdeen, Edinburgh and SRUC. Each student was asked to produce a report detailing their research and experience in whatever format they choose.
"The impact of anti-diabetic therapy on susceptibility to fungal infection" - Piotr Kruc with Professor Heather Wilson (University of Aberdeen)
We are delighted to announce that Amy Newell (2021 intake), Institute of Molecular Plant Sciences has been awarded an SCI scholarship of £5,000 over two years to support her in her studies in plant photobiology. Amy welcomed this opportunity with this statement: “I feel very honoured to have been awarded a SCI scholarship for the last two years of my PhD. With this scholarship I will be able me to travel to conferences and hopefully visit other labs in my field.
The University of St Andrews currently advertises one EASTBIO PhD project for a studentship in the area of Crops and Soil. The studentship is fully funded by the UKRI BBSRC. The successful candidate will join the 2022 student cohort and the new EASTBIO Training Programme.
Project title: Crops as a route to growth factor (GF) production for cellular agriculture
Project Supervisors: Professor L. Torrance, Dr Andrew Love, Professor D. Stewart