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PhD opportunity shared University of Surrey / Pirbright on analysis and visualization of FMDV sequences.

This project presents a unique and truly exciting opportunity to work in an exemplary inter-disciplinary team to develop new analytical methods for viral research, while making them accessible to scientists with little computational background.

Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is a scourge of hooved livestock, with major economic impact particularly on low income countries in Asia and Africa. Informed decisions about controlling FMD outbreaks can only be made by exploiting the relation between the strain responsible for the outbreak and known viral strains. The FMD World Reference Laboratory at The Pirbright Institute (TPI) has sequenced an extensive catalogue of representative viruses, sampling infected animals and vaccine strains across a broad geographic and temporal range. However, given the complex population structure and molecular biology of FMDV, sophisticated data analysis methods are necessary to extract and provide reliable information on new viral strains.

The FMDV Toolkit portal was recently initiated by the Integrative Biology and Bioinformatics group at TPI. It aims to empower the FMDV research community around the world, and especially researchers in low income countries, by democratising access to such analysis methods, and making them available through a user-friendly web interface. The main goal of the proposed PhD project will be the development of novel statistical and visualisation techniques for FMDV Toolkit to provide useful and timely information to aid control of outbreaks in resource poor countries.

The student will have full flexibility into the direction of the project, as multiple sources of information will require integration of diverse statistical, computational and bioinformatic approaches.

PhD position
University of Surrey / The Pirbright Institute
Guildford / Woking
United Kingdom
Closing date
June 17th, 2019
Posted on
June 6th, 2019 13:01
Last updated
June 6th, 2019 13:01