Marine and environmental immunology: biotic and abiotic impacts in herpesvirus epizootics in oysters
This project will investigate oyster immune responses to an emerging disease, Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome - POMS, at individual and population scales through laboratory and epidemiological field trials.
There is a current epizootic in Pacific oysters (C. gigas) due to the herpesvirus OsHv which had devastated commercial oyster production in France and other countries. The disease was detected in Sydney in 2010. This PhD project will investigate interactions between environmental factors and immunity in oysters in the field and also in laboratory studies. The goal is to devise control strategies to enable Australian oyster farmers to remain profitable. This project will seek to answer fundamental questions about how molluscs evolve through natural selection to cope with devastating diseases. The project will involve collaboration with researchers in France and throughout Australia and may require extensive travel.
The successful candidate must have completed an undergraduate degree in science, agriculture, veterinary science or equivalent, have research experience (Honours or Master’s degree), good analytical and communication skills, and be willing to undertake marine and estuarine field studies.
The successful applicant must apply for and be awarded a scholarship (stipend) for example, an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) or IPA (International Postgraduate Award). For international students, the student must have a scholarship which covers full tuition fees and a living allowance.The project is based at the Camden campus.
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The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 1378
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