Role of changing environmental conditions on the occurrence of Vibrio infections, Denmark hos University of Copenhagen

Masters Project - Call for applications

What if you could make a difference by working for a cause and not just undertaking a research project?

If you are an engaged and passionate person who wants to contribute to a global effort through your master’s project, then you might be our new Master's Research Student.

Today, climate change represents the main driver for many infectious diseases in humans and animals. Lately, the Nordic countries are experiencing heat waves each summer, which increases sea-surface temperatures with a subsequent increase in the incidence of many water-related infections. The impact of climate change in Northern Europe is mostly seen with waterborne bacteria like Vibrio spp, which were once known as tropical pathogens but are now increasingly rampant in the temperate Northern hemisphere causing skin and ear infections including septicemia and death.

In the framework of the project “Climate-related implications of the Baltic Sea on the increasing incidence of Vibriosis in Denmark during summers”, funded by the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID), the University of Copenhagen will recruit an enthusiastic Masters’ research student to undertake part of a research project within the field of Microbiology in One Health.

Specifically, we will:

  1. (i) determine the abundance and hotspots of Vibrio spp. around the Danish shores of the Baltic Sea

  2. (ii) assess genetic relatedness and antimicrobial resistance determinants of

    environmental Vibrio spp. compared to their counterparts causing human infections in Denmark

  3. (iii) study how changes in ecological conditions influence adaptation, persistence, and pathogenicity of environmental Vibrio spp.

  4. (iv) You will be involved in the collection of environmental samples and participate in hotspots mapping

  5. (v) Perform comparative genomic analyses with environmental and clinical strains of Vibrio spp.

The Project activities

You will work in an exciting international research environment to investigate the role of changing environmental conditions at the Danish shores of the Baltic Sea on the occurrence of Vibrio infections in Denmark.

What you will learn and get:

  • a range of different state-of-the-art microbiological techniques and data analysis including basic bacteriology, qPCR, genome-wide comparative analysis using whole genome sequence data (Long and Short-reads), transcriptomics analysis using RNA- seq data

  • working in a team of internationally recognized experts with day-to-day supervision for timely completion of your project and obtention of your MSc degree

  • broad research training through seminars Formal requirements

  • ü Applicants should hold a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Veterinary sciences, or allied fields from the University of Copenhagen

  • ü Be a registered Master's student at the University of Copenhagen

  • ü Be in your research year and ready to start your research project as soon as possible

  • ü Have proficient English skills

  • ü Any experience in bioinformatics will be an advantage

How to Apply?

Send your application constituted of a cover letter, CV, your Bachelor's diploma and proof of registration in your last MSc year at the University of Copenhagen to Dr. Yaovi M. Gildas Hounmanou with a copy to Prof. Anders Dalsgaard:

The deadline for applications is April 15, 2022.

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