Understanding interactions of identified fungal pathogens on oilseed rape
Associate: James Fortune
Supervisors: Dr Yongju Huang, Prof. Bruce Fitt, Dr Faye Ritchie
Project description: The project aims to understand interactions between Leptosphaeria maculans (phoma stem canker) and Pyrenopeziza brassicae (light leaf spot) at different stages of their life cycles and to develop new tools to control them.
Understanding host resistance to improve control of light leaf spot on winter oilseed rape in the UK
Associate: Laura Sapelli
Supervisors: Dr Yongju Huang, Dr Faye Ritchie
Project description: Light leaf spot is the most economically important disease of oilseed rape (Brassica napus) in the UK. This disease can cause annual yield losses of winter oilseed rape worth > £100M, despite the use of fungicides. Light leaf spot is caused by the fungal pathogen Pyrenopeziza brassicae. With the loss of some effective fungicides, development of fungicide insensitivity in P. brassicae and predicted global warming, yield losses are likely to increase. Use of host resistance to control the disease is becoming ever more important.
To develop and characterise novel, inter-connected, microphysical systems (MPS) of human organs for analyses of molecular pathways and disease mechanisms
Associate: Adeel Ahmed
Supervisors: Professor Darragh Murnane, Dr Victoria Hutter, Dr Tomasz Kostrzewski
Project description: The aim of this project will be to establish liver multi-MPS models. These will allow the interactions between the liver and other organs to be accurately modelled in vitro.
Genetic Control of Lemna minor and/or Lemna gibba growth rate and protein content
Associate: Javier Montiel
Supervisors: Dr Cristina Barrero-Sicilia, Dr Yongju Huang, Alyssa Blachez
Project description: The aim of the project is to test the available Lemna minor and/or Lemna gibba European collection (approximately 50 clones), creating a framework for breeding the next generation of varieties with high protein yields and optimal growth rates under heat stress conditions.
An assessment of the benefits and usability of app-based exercises for improving mental health in university students
Associate: Joey Askew
Supervisors: Dr Frances Longstaff, Dr Zoe Yovcheva-Dimov
Project description: The aim of the project is to develop an app that brings a new daily habit of emotional fitness into the world.
Development of microparticle formulations for dysphagia patients
Associate: Kavil Patel
Supervisors: Dr Fang Liu, Dr Craig Richardson
Project description: This project aims to investigate novel technology in coating microparticles and evaluating the drug release mechanisms in older patients with dysphagia.
Developing and Testing an Evidence-Based Teenage Behaviour Change Programme
Associate: Hannah Allcott-Watson
Supervisors: Dr Neil Howlett, Laura Harte
Project description: The aim of the project is to combine the wealth of knowledge and experience across the University and the Company to design an intervention for teenagers to improve their eating habits.
The biological diversity of cyst nematodes in relation to pasteuria
Associate: Hannah Wileman
Supervisors: Dr Roland Perry, Dr Keith Davies
Project description: The aim of the project is to bring together the expertise across the Company and the University to develop environmentally sustainable new approaches to control plant-parasitic nematodes.
Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation
Delivering a healthy and sustainable food economy in Letchworth Garden City
Associate: Amelie Andre
Supervisors: Dr Susan Parham, Prof. David Barling, Mr David Ames
Project description: The aim of the project is to underpin and improve the economic base of Letchworth Garden City in relation to food: applying planning, governance and policy tools which are of practical benefit to the townspeople and their health and well-being, and the sustainability of the community and its environment.
Well-being and personal values
Associate: Jackie Le Fevre
Supervisors: Dr Colleen Addicott, Dave Taylor, Andy Brogan
Project description: The aim of the project is to test and validate the Company’s values framework, currently titled ‘Values and Heart’.
Neuroprotective properties of serotonin 5-HT1A receptor agonists in models of Parkinson’s disease.
Associate: William Powell
Supervisors: Dr Mahmoud Iravani
Project Description: The present neurochemical and behavioural neuroscience project involves the use of well-established techniques to investigate the neuroprotective efficacy of novel drugs.
Investigation into the validation of a resilience intervention
Associate: Rosie Hancock
Supervisors: Dr Colleen Addicott, Belinda Board
Project description: The aim of the project is to test the viability and reliability of the resilience ‘web application’ created by the Company for people undergoing difficulties in the workplace.
Syngenta Crop Protection UK Ltd
Determination of the key parameters influencing dislodgeable foliar pesticide residues.
Associate: Mohamed Badawy
Supervisors: Prof. Kathy Lewis, Dr Neil Morgan
Project description: The broad aim of this 4-year work programme is to better understand the factors that affect the occurrence and behaviour of Dislodgeable Foliar Residues with the intention of enabling the refinement of risk assessments.
Rapid bacteria colony counting algorithm development
Associate: Minghua Zheng
Supervisors: Dr Na Helian
Project description: The aim of this project is to propose and implement new algorithms which are robust to noise for rapid bacterial colony detection and counting.
Novel pharmacodynamic markers as predictors of neuropathic pain and pain relief
Associate: Michael Lanigan
Supervisors: Dr Lisa Lione, Dr Sandor Kantor, Dr Amy Fisher
Project description: The aim of this collaborative project is to refine novel, translatable behavioural and biomarker endpoints for measuring neuropathic pain and analgesia.