PhD Project "Infections of honey bees and bumblebees"

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The DFG Research Training Group 2046 “Parasite Infections: From Experimental Models to Natural Systems” offers a cutting edge PhD research project on “One Health“ aspects of Parasite Infections. 

PhD students will study different parasite infections from the biological, medical, and translational perspectives. In an interdisciplinary approach, graduates will be trained in molecular approaches, cellular interactions and organismic studies on key parasites of model organisms, free-ranging animals and humans.

PhD Project: "Infections of honey bees and bumblebees with Nosema ceranae, a deadly emerging parasite of bees"
Institution: Institute for Bee Research, Dept. for Molecular Microbiology and Bee Diseases

Address: Friedrich-Engels-Str. 32, 16540 Hohen Neuendorf / Berlin

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Elke Genersch
Project Abstract:
Microsporidia are fungal-related, obligate intracellular parasites infecting vertebrates and invertebrates. Three microsporidian species are known to infect bees. Managed Western honey bees (Apis mellifera) and wild bumblebees (Bombus sp.) are frequently found infected by Nosema apis and N. bombi, respectively. N. ceranae has been considered to be specific for the Eastern honey bee (A. cerana) but switched host from A. cerana to A. mellifera approximately 20 years ago and from A. mellifera to Bombus terrestris quite recently. N. ceranae is now considered an emerging and deadly parasite of A. mellifera and Bombus sp. The impact of the emerging parasite N. ceranae on honey bees and bumblebees is poorly understood and molecular details of pathogen-host interaction remain elusive. (Full Project Description available here:
Start: as soon as possible
Application Deadline: June 15, 2016

Further information and application instructions:


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Dr. Juliane Kofer
Freie Universität Berlin
Fachbereich Veterinärmedizin
Institut für Immunologie
Robert von Ostertag-Haus - Zentrum für Infektionsmedizin
Robert-von-Ostertag-Str. 7-13 (Haus 35)
14163 Berlin

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Deutschland (Berlin, Brandenburg)
16540 Hohen Neuendorf / Berlin
Biologie & Life Sciences, Agrarwissenschaften, Veterinärmedizin

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