New 4 year BBSRC PhD available in the lab!

A joint PhD opportunity, fully funded by the BBSRC for EU applicants, will soon become available between the Lloyd-Evans and Berry laboratories at the School of Biosciences, Cardiff University.

Project title – “Molecular mechanisms of action for the Toxin_10 insecticidal proteins”

Project description (brief) – Insecticidal toxins are crucial molecules for pest control. This project combines molecular and protein characterisation of some of the members of this family. We will further characterise their molecular interactions with plasma membrane receptors and lipids including their subsequent endocytosis into the cell and the mechanisms by which they induce cell death. The goal of this project is to elucidate the mechanisms by which these toxins function to improve our understanding of their insecticidal modes of action and to develop new tools for mammalian cell biology.

This PhD will be advertised on FindaPhD (shortly) and the SWBio website (

Deadline for applications is December 4th 2017.

For further information or any queries regarding this PhD please contact Emyr.

Image: Predicted structure of a Toxin_10 family member courtesy of Dr. Colin Berry