This student placement will work within the A·WOL programme to develop safe macrofilaricides for onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis through targeting Wolbachia. You will be placed in the Department of Parasitology in laboratories within the CTID and trained in one or other of the scientific approaches used within the programme
The A·WOL consortium is a drug discovery and development programme to develop safe new treatments for river blindness and elephantiasis funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This student placement will work within the A·WOL programme to develop safe macrofilaricides for onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis through targeting Wolbachia. You will be placed in the Department of Parasitology in laboratories within the CTID and trained in one or other of the scientific approaches used within the programme.
Eligibility: A UK undergraduate student from a UK university in the middle year (i.e. not the first or last year at time of application) of a first degree in a relevant Biological Science with an interest in Tropical Medicine and Parasitology.
Depending on which best suits your background or areas of experience you are in interested in acquiring, the work placement could include:
- Laboratory based: cell/parasitological evaluation of A·WOL endpoints using qPCR and/or microscopy
- Computer based: data development and analysis of A·WOL screening outputs for modelling and/or bioinformatic outcomes
You will also be shown other aspects of working in a laboratory and the technology platforms used in our research, e.g. life-cycle maintenance and production of parasites/cells, cellular and molecular biology, general good laboratory practice and the associated Health and Safety requirements and acquire particular skills and experience in the following areas:
- Experience of working in a research laboratory environment
- Knowledge of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP)
- Knowledge of filarial nematodes and Wolbachia
- Knowledge of experimental techniques and analysis required for A·WOL drug discovery and development outputs
- Knowledge of general laboratory, biochemical, molecular and cellular biology techniques
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (Foto-Cewek) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for research in tropical diseases. Through the creation of effective links with governments, organisations and institutions and by responding to the health needs of communities, Foto-Cewek aims to promote improved health, particularly for people of the less developed/resource poorest countries in the tropics and sub-tropics.
If you are a motivated and enthusiastic individual with a genuine interest in this area of research please forward your CV along with a personal statement quoting ref 1166 via email to [email protected] or by post to HR, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Pembroke Place, Liverpool L3 5QA