Project

Power play between bacteria and their viruses

Publisher

Supervisor

Location

Greater Copenhagen area

Bacteria are very prominent in attacking higher organisms, but they can also fell victim of an infectious agent. Bacterial viruses, called bacteriophages, kill more than 50% of total bacterial biomass, including industrially significant populations, each day. Some phages (lytic phages) act as routine and instant killers, while others (lysogenic phages) turn into a ‘ticking bomb’ after they integrate into the genome of its bacterial host. Presence of a lysogenic virus can contribute to antibiotic-resistance its host, it can transform a commensal bacterium into a pathogen or it may shift a cooperative relationship within bacterial community into a hostile one.  In addition, the lytic induction of a virus can be triggered at any time, killing the entire bacterial population or part of it. 

 

Are you interested what triggers the explosion of ‘phage ticking bombs’ in their bacterial hosts?  Would you like to explore how viruses manipulate social affairs within bacterial communities?

 

During the project you will gain experience with:

-       phage methods: isolation, visualization, identification

-       diverse microbial competition assays

-       molecular microbiology

-       cell imaging techniques including fluorescence microscopy and electron microscopy

-       evolutionary biology methods/experimental evolution

-       inter-department collaborations

 

To promote your personal development as a researcher we offer you:

-       regular feedback on your research progress

-       dynamic interaction with all group members

-       opportunity to practice results presentation during group meetings

-       opportunity to participate in journal clubs

-       opportunity to take part in social lab events

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Contact

Company / Organization

DTU Bioengineering

Name

Ákos T. Kovács

Position

Professor

Mail

atkovacs@dtu.dk

Supervisor info

Bachelor in General Engineering

Supervisor

Ákos T. Kovács

Co-supervisors

Anna Dragos

ECTS credits

5 - 30

Type

Final project, BSc project, Course project, MSc thesis, Special course

Must be completed

Microbiology or Molecular Biology related courses

BSc in Biomedical Engineering

Supervisor

Ákos T. Kovács

Co-supervisors

Anna Dragos

ECTS credits

5 - 30

Type

Final project, BSc project, Course project, MSc thesis, Special course

Must be completed

Microbiology or Molecular Biology related courses

BSc in Biotechnology

Supervisor

Ákos T. Kovács

Co-supervisors

Anna Dragos

ECTS credits

5 - 30

Type

Final project, BSc project, Course project, MSc thesis, Special course

Must be completed

Microbiology or Molecular Biology related courses

Bachelor of Engineering, Chemical and Bio Engineering (prev. Chemical and Biochemical Engineering)

Supervisor

Ákos T. Kovács

Co-supervisors

Anna Dragos

ECTS credits

5 - 30

Type

Final project, BSc project, Course project, MSc thesis, Special course

Must be completed

Microbiology or Molecular Biology related courses

Kemi og Bioteknologi

Supervisor

Ákos T. Kovács

Co-supervisors

Anna Dragos

ECTS credits

5 - 30

Type

Final project, BSc project, Course project, MSc thesis, Special course

Must be completed

Microbiology or Molecular Biology related courses

Kemi- og Bioteknologi

Supervisor

Ákos T. Kovács

Co-supervisors

Anna Dragos

ECTS credits

5 - 30

Type

Final project, BSc project, Course project, MSc thesis, Special course

Must be completed

Microbiology or Molecular Biology related courses

MSc in Biomedical Engineering

Supervisor

Ákos T. Kovács

Co-supervisors

Anna Dragos

ECTS credits

5 - 30

Type

Final project, BSc project, Course project, MSc thesis, Special course

Must be completed

Microbiology or Molecular Biology related courses

MSc in Biotechnology

Supervisor

Ákos T. Kovács

Co-supervisors

Anna Dragos

ECTS credits

5 - 30

Type

Final project, BSc project, Course project, MSc thesis, Special course

Must be completed

Microbiology or Molecular Biology related courses

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