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Postdoc or research professor-South Korea. (posted 2/5/18) I am Jae Su, Kim in Chonbuk National University (http://en.jbnu.ac.kr), South Korea and looking for a new postdoc or research professor. Our project is "R&D of entomopathogenic fungi for pest management" which includes construction of fungal library, bioassay against soil-dwelling pests, and molecular biology to characterize virulence-related genes in B. bassiana and M. anisopliae. Our research group is working on basic and applied parts of fungal bio-pesticides. We have a strong relationship with LG Chemical-affiliated Farm Hannong (No. 1 Pesticide Company in Korea) and successfully commercialized one fungal granular product. Recently we have registered one Bb whole genome to GenBank and investigates the mode of action. I hope a young enthusiastic scientist to join my lab and work with us. Our research team is very cooperative and work together in most of projects. The deadline for the submission will be due on March 1st.
PhD vacancy ‘Viral manipulation of the insect brain'(posted 1/29/18)
We are searching for a motivated PhD candidate to execute the research project ‘Insane in the brain: How a virus manipulates a caterpillar’s brain function and behaviour to enhance transmission’, funded by NWO. The project focuses on parasitic manipulation of host behaviour, which is a common strategy exploited by parasites to increase transmission. Although exquisite examples of such behavioural alterations are known, the underlying mechanisms are poorly understood. Baculoviruses, which are viruses specifically infecting insects, provide a unique system to study these mechanisms. Baculoviruses alter the behavior of caterpillars, causing increased locomotion (hyperactivity) and migration to the top of plants (tree-top disease), where the caterpillars liquefy and virus particles are released. Earlier studies have demonstrated that the baculovirus protein tyrosine phosphatase (PTP) is involved in inducing hyperactivity. The project aims to identify the pathway(s) activated by the baculovirus ptp gene that eventually lead(s) to hyperactive host behaviour. Since locomotion is primarily controlled by the central nervous system, we will focus on the brain of the infected caterpillars. The PhD candidate will combine a proteomic and transcriptomic approach with detailed morphological studies on viral invasion of the host brain and on infection of specific neurons. Identified genes, proteins, pathways and neural networks will be further studied in-depth for their role in host behavioural manipulation. The proposed research will reveal the mechanism of an appealing case of parasitic manipulation of host behavior and contribute to our understanding of insect behavior in general.
Find the announcement here: https://www.wur.nl/en/Jobs/Vacancies/Show/PhD-position-Viral-manipulation-of-the-insect-brain.htm
Deadline for application: February 18th, 2018
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