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  • Decision aid to support the use of curative late blight fungicides 

    Maloney, Kyran (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-07-04)
    Late blight, caused by the oomycete pathogen Phytophthora infestans (Mont.) de Bary remains a severe threat to potato production in temperate regions and necessitates a high volume of fungicide inputs. A recent focus of ...
  • RNA landscape of ILF3 

    Watson, Samir Faysal (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-07-04)
    During viral infections, the presence of viral-derived dsRNA triggers a translational shut-off response affecting translation of both host and viral-derived mRNAs. This response is mediated by the phosphorylation ...
  • Fox and the city: understanding the influence of urban environment on the disease ecology of red foxes 

    Gecchele, Lisa Valentina (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-07-04)
    The “city fox phenomenon” is a relatively new one. The presence of established Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) populations in highly urbanised areas was first reported from London at the beginning of the 20th century; since then ...
  • Spatial transcriptome analysis of the human developmental haematopoietic stem cell niche 

    Crosse, Edie Isabel Flora Francis (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-07-04)
    During human embryonic development the first definitive haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) arise in the aorta-gonad-mesonephros (AGM) region between Carnegie stages (CS) 13 to 17. More specifically, these HSCs are considered ...
  • Design and engineering genetic tools for Desulfovibrio alaskensis 

    Cueva, Miguel Eugenio (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-07-04)
    Microorganisms, such as the anaerobic bacterium Desulfovibrio alaskensis, have evolved various mechanisms to resist high concentrations of toxic heavy metals; one of these mechanisms involves the synthesis of nanoparticles ...
  • Genome evolution in the genus Caenorhabditis 

    Stevens, Lewis (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-07-04)
    The free-living nematode Caenorhabditis elegans is an important laboratory model organism that has been fundamental to the understanding of metazoan biology. However, until recently, C. elegans has largely been studied ...
  • Expanding the CRISPR toolbox for use within Bacillus subtilis 

    Price, Marcus Alexander (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-07-04)
    DNA editing is a vital tool in the development of biological systems for both research and commercial applications. Novel enabling tools accelerate strain engineering for the study of cellular mechanisms or production ...
  • Application of synthetic polymer matrices to develop an in vitro thymus 

    Rouse, Paul James (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-07-04)
    The thymus is the primary lymphoid organ responsible to generating a self-restricted and self-tolerant repertoire of peripheral T-cell receptors. This process is collectively called thymopoiesis and depends on dynamic ...
  • Escherichia coli’s response to hyposmotic shocks 

    Hegde, Smitha Seetharama (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-07-04)
    Water is central for all living cells; in prokaryotes—also in fungi and plants— osmotic forces regulate the water available for cellular functions. The osmotic pressure inside a cell arises due to the higher concentration ...
  • Development of synthetic biology tools and methods for plant systems 

    Andreou, Andreas (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-07-04)
    Plant synthetic biology is a fast-evolving field in which standardised tools and methods are developed to empower research and commercial bioproduction in plant systems. Nevertheless, in the whole synthetic biology ...
  • Investigation into the role of LSH ATPase in chromatin remodelling 

    Gukova, Alina (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-07-04)
    Chromatin remodelling is a crucial nuclear process affecting replication, transcription and repair. Global reduction of DNA methylation is observed in Immunodeficiency-Centromeric Instability-Facial Anomaly (ICF) syndrome. ...
  • Investigating catalysis-independent roles of PRC2 

    Warburton, Marie Francoise (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-07-04)
    The catalytic subunit EZH2 of Polycomb Repressive complex 2 (PRC2) is responsible for placing the histone H3 lysine 27 trimethylation (H3K27me3) histone modification at nucleosomes, a mark associated with silenced genes. ...
  • Role of the structural organisation of pericentromeres in chromosome segregation in budding yeast 

    Paldi, Flora (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-02-04)
    Genome maintenance, function and transmission requires the adequate structural organisation of chromosomes. Central to this is the conserved ring-shaped protein complex, cohesin, that associates with chromosomes. ...
  • Engineering thermostable protein nanocompartments for protein production and enhanced enzyme activity 

    Zarazúa Arvizu, Efraín (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-02-06)
    The bacterial nanocompartments (encapsulins), produced by some species of bacteria and archaea, possess characteristics that can potentially overcome current challenges related to recombinant production of proteins. ...
  • Rewiring central sulphur metabolism in Saccharomyces cerevisiae 

    Sachs, Daniel (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-02-13)
    Of the 20 proteinogenic amino acids used by life, only two contain a sulphur atom: methionine and cysteine. While most bacteria, fungi and plants possess the ability to synthesise sulphur amino acids from simple carbon, ...
  • Characterising the roles of the members of the nuclear-encoded Rubisco small subunit family in Arabidopsis thaliana 

    Khumsupan, Panupon (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-02-03)
    Rubisco is the enzyme responsible for the net photosynthetic carbon fixation in plants. The enzyme consists of chloroplast-encoded large subunits and a family of nuclear-encoded small subunits (SSUs). SSUs are essential ...
  • Measuring energy levels in bacterial dormancy 

    Mancini, Leonardo (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-02-05)
    Bacteria are evolving strategies to survive antibiotic treatments at a pace that is not matched by the one at which new drugs are discovered. Beyond the more notorious antimicrobial resistance, other survival mechanisms ...
  • Impacts of nutrition quality on host-parasite dynamics in wild wood mice 

    Sweeny, Amy Regina (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-02-05)
    Factors from the environmental, host, and parasite community levels can all determine helminth burden in natural populations. In particular, the nutritional resources available to the host have long been associated with ...
  • Post-transcriptional regulation of miRNA biogenesis 

    Downie, Angela (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-12-23)
    MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are short non-coding RNA molecules of ~22 nt in length that function as regulators of gene expression. They bind to the 3’ UTR of target mRNAs in a non-perfect complimentary manner, leading to either ...
  • Spatiotemporal and individual drivers of variation in parasitism and immunity in wild red deer 

    Albery, Gregory (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-01-06)
    Parasites are a ubiquitous presence in nature that can profoundly impact the evolution and ecology of their hosts. Despite their longstanding interest for many branches of mammalian biology, there are relatively few ...

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