Dr Nadia Andreani Seeks Illustrator for Second Children’s Book about Microbiology

Dr Nadia Andreani, School of Life Sciences, is running a Public Engagement for All with Research at Lincoln (PEARL) funded project to engage primary school children with the aim of teaching basic knowledge about microbiology through the creation of an illustrated book. Once published, the book will be distributed to Schools across the country, to help school children discover the fascinating world of science.

Readers will be able to follow the adventures of a group of bacteria through the discovery of the microorganisms we come into contact with on a daily basis. Nadia has previously published a children’s book, The Adventures of Flo, the special Bacterium, which is based on her research into why mozzarella can get certain bacterial infections and turn blue, which can be read via the link below.

Nadia’s latest book has been drafted and is now in need of an individual who is looking to broaden or develop their skills in a new direction, to illustrate the book. The chosen illustrator will design and draw the illustrations for the book which will be published with the illustrator credited and awarded £200 – the monies which were received from the public engagement funding.

Applicants will be asked to select one section from the book’s draft and submit at least one design illustrating the text. This should be submitted in a digital format.

For details on how to apply or any questions about the opportunity or project itself, please contact Dr Nadia Andreani: nandreani@lincoln.ac.uk.

Please note, the creation and distribution of this book is not for profit.

Application deadline is the 15th of November 2018.

PANDORA Project to Strengthen Emerging Infectious Disease Preparedness in Africa

Dr Matthew Bates, Senior Lecturer in Microbiology at the School of Life Sciences, University of Lincoln, attended a kick-off meeting in Rome in June 2018 for his PANDORA project . The project (Pan-African Network for Rapid Research, Response and Preparedness for Infectious Diseases Epidemics) brings together a consortium of 21 partner institutions in Africa and Europe, including Dr Bates’ research organisation in Zambia, where he worked for seven years before joining the University of Lincoln.

Funded by the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP), this €10m project will engage in a range of activities designed to enhance preparedness to respond to infectious disease outbreaks, such as Ebola.

The project will support training workshops for first responders in all four African regions, equipping them with the skills to safely and effectively provide clinical care and diagnostic services to patients with suspected outbreak infections. Two new mobile laboratories will be established in Zambia and the Republic of Congo and surveillance studies will be undertaken in both humans and animals.

The PANDORA consortium.
The PANDORA consortium.

There will also be opportunities for African scientists to develop their research skills, the creation of online education tools and resources, and the development of ethical guidelines for research in outbreak settings. In the U.K the project is led by University College London, and also involves the Royal Veterinary College, partnering with research institutions in Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria, Sudan, Uganda, Republic of Congo, Gabon, Tanzania and Zambia.

The project will run for four years and there are possible opportunities for University of Lincoln students, particularly those studying the MSc Microbiology programme interested in human or animal infectious diseases, to undertake field work projects in Zambia, supported by the grant.

Any interested parties should please contact Dr Bates at mbates@lincoln.ac.uk / Tel: 01522 835 228.

Five paid-for Studentships in Life Sciences on offer! Apply now


We’re offering a variety of PhD projects across biological sciences including: Animal Behaviour, Cognition and Welfare, Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Evolution and Ecology, Microbiology, Forensic Anthropology, Biology and Zoology.

Of the ten advertised projects, five applicants, on five projects will be selected for funding, contingent upon the strength of the applicants.

Our Studentships are open to UK, EU and Overseas Students, Tuition Fees are included. Students will get a Stipend/Living allowance of £14,296 per annum. You will start 1st October 2016 and the Studentship will last 36 months.

Applications close 1st April – Apply now to not miss out!


Take a look at the projects on offer below.

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1. Linking phenotypes with genotypes for canine chemosensory perception


Dr Malgorzata Pilot




2. Next generation analyses using next-generation DNA sequencing: testing theory for the population genomics of microbes

Contact Dr Matthew Goddard


or http://goddardlab.auckland.ac.nz


3.  Protein conformational switches

Contact Dr Enrico Ferrari



4. Evaluating resistance mechanisms of the newly discovered antibacterial Texiobactin

Contact Dr Edward Taylor



5. Cell-to-cell communication in the diabetic kidney – keeping the art of conversation alive

Contact Dr Claire Hills



6. Characterisation of T-cells infiltrating the Type 1 diabetic islet

Contact Dr Michael Christie



7. Using virtual reality to investigate ‘protean’ anti-predator behaviour

Contact Dr Tom Pike



8. Identifying genome-wide transcriptional determinants of Alzheimer’s disease progression

Contact Dr Humberto Gutierrez



9.  State-dependent ageing and senescence across multiple traits

Contact Dr Carl Soulsbury



10.  Genetic basis of Morbillivirus resistance in Mediterranean striped dolphins: a 20 year time series immunogenomic and toxicology analysis, with emphasis on the effect of anthropogenic pollutants

Contact Dr Andre Moura




Candidates must have a good honours degree, or a relevant Masters degree or equivalent. A minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) will be required, where appropriate.

To apply:

We strongly encourage potential applicants to contact the named main supervisor for each of these to discuss the details of the project and suitability for application before submitting formal expression of interest.

Formal expressions of interest can be made by emailing your CV and a covering letter to the listed supervisor for that project. Please quote Reference: CS2016LS on all correspondence.