Enzyme Discovery for Animal Nutrition (HEMMINGS_U19CASE2)
- Research Area Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy
- Partner The University of East Anglia (UEA)
Dr Andrew Hemmings -
- Application Deadline 05/08/2019
Enzymes have found application in many areas as selective and efficient catalysts. The development of a successful enzyme product requires identification of a lead followed by subsequent tailoring of its properties.
A PhD research studentship is available under the supervision of Drs Andrew Hemmings (School of Chemistry) and Charles Brearley (School of Biological Sciences) whose goal is the discovery of new enzymes for use in animal nutrition. The successful candidate will also engineer the catalytic and physiochemical properties of these enzymes to enhance catalytic flexibility. To achieve this they will receive training in cutting-edge methods of enzyme discovery and engineering, molecular and structural biology, analytical biochemistry, microbiology and computational modelling. The research will make extensive use of local facilities including the Centre for Structural and Molecular Biochemistry (CMSB) and external facilities such as the synchrotron at the Diamond Light Source.
The project is part of a major collaboration between AB Vista, one of the largest suppliers of enzymes for animal feed applications, and UEA, and will provide training in enzyme discovery and enzyme engineering that have direct relevant to industry needs.
Suitably qualified individuals will have a strong interest in protein chemistry, structural biology and/or bioanalytical science and will hold, or expect to hold, a first or good upper second class honours undergraduate degree (or equivalent) from any of a range of disciplines including, but not restricted to biochemistry, chemistry and biological sciences.