Five PhD Studentship grants awarded to IBERS

FIVE iCASE PhD Studentship grants worth £452,000 have been awarded to Aberystwyth’s IBERS by the BBSRC (Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council) in the latest round of funding.

The CASE studentships are training grants that provide students with a challenging research training experience, allowing top quality bioscience graduates to undertake research, leading to a PhD, within the context of a mutually beneficial research collaboration between academic and partner organisations. AU1015 IBERS postgraduate student

The BBSRC funds around 2000 PhD students each year in universities, research institutes or industrial partners, with an approximate funding total of £43.5m per annum.

Prof Paul Shaw, IBERS Director of Postgraduate Studies said;

“This is excellent news for IBERS with a high percentage of our applications being approved in this round. It will enable us to provide five strong biological science graduates with the resources to hone their research skills, utilising IBERS’ world class facilities and working with industrial partners across a wide range of commercial sectors.”

The CASE Studentships have been awarded to the following projects:

Dr Kerrie Farrar         
Endophytic bacteria: co-existence and chemical warfare.

Professor Iain Donnison                      
Improved establishment phase development and yield in the perennial bioenergy crop Miscanthus.

Dr Maurice Bosch                   
Investigating the feasibility of a multi-conversion Miscanthus bioenergy crop.

Dr Russ Morphew                   
Pandas and parasites: A functional genomics approach to combat persistant Baylisascaris schroederi infection in captive giant pandas.

Dr Hazel Davey                         
Viability and vitality in Saccharomyces cerevisiae: modelling for prediction of fermentation success from rapid measurements.