The closing date for this job has passed; return to the main list for other jobs

A PhD studentship is available with @RuthBowness to develop individual-based mathematical models of antibiotic resistant infections.

Antimicrobial resistance is an increasingly serious threat to global public health. New resistance mechanisms are emerging and spreading globally, threatening our ability to treat common infectious diseases, resulting in prolonged illness, disability, and death.
Multidisciplinary research into antimicrobial resistant infections will allow the knowledge and expertise of several important fields to be amalgamated, with a greater chance of progress in addressing this problem. Mathematical models play an essential part in this endeavor.
We are seeking a PhD student to work with Dr Ruth Bowness within the Infection and Global Health Divison in the School of Medicine and the Mathematical Biology group in the School of Mathematics and Statistics on a project at the interface of mathematics and medicine. The student will also work closely with Professor Mark Chaplain and Dr Tommaso Lorenzi from the School of Mathematics and Statistics and the Gillespie group from the School of Medicine.

The project involves creating an individual-based mathematical model to study Enterobacteriaceae in urinary tract infections (UTIs). This project will focus on carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE), which can lead to Enterobacteriaciae becoming resistant to carbapenems, the usual antibiotic treatment of Enterobacteriaceae in UTIs. CPE have been steadily spreading worldwide in the last decade. Antibiotic treatment options for these multidrug-resistant infections are limited and clinicians are unclear as to the most effective antibiotic regimens. The mathematical model will be capable of simulating new treatment strategies, comparing the efficacy of various regimens.

PhD position
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
Closing date
April 27th, 2018
Posted on
April 22nd, 2018 20:45
Last updated
April 22nd, 2018 20:46