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PhD opportunity – Virulence factors in rabbit calicivirus infections

This project would suit a student with interest and a strong background in molecular virology, cell culture and/or immunology

Project description:
The rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV) is a highly virulent calicivirus that kills over 90% of susceptible rabbits within 72 hrs post infection.

We recently found that the RNA-dependent RNA polymerase of RHDV has some unexpected characteristics, such as the unusually high temperature optimum of 40–45°C and the ability to redistribute Golgi membranes.

The successful candidate will continue to investigate the functions of the non-structural proteins of RHDV


Berenice Talamantes attends the First Youth Latin-American summit

Berenice Talamantes Becerra recently attended the First Youth Latin-American biotechnology summit (Allbiotech 2017) held in Santiago, Chile, where she presented her ideas on the challenges we face with bioanonymity.

Allbiotech 2017 is an event that brings together 100 outstanding young leaders of biotechnology in Latin America and 30 prestigious exponents to discuss the present and future challenges for the region’s bio-economy. It was great to see Berenice representing the IAE at this event.

Berenice presented in a session called the “Biohackathon”,


Yolanie Amepou named UN 2017 Youth Champion for Sustainable Development Goals

Congratulations to IAE Masters student Yolarnie Amepou on being named United Nations 2017 Youth Champion for the Sustainable Development Goals in PNG. The presentation was made at the commemoration of the 72nd anniversary of the United Nations, in Port Moresby, PNG.

The Awards Ceremony featured five outstanding young leaders who are contributing to the attainment of the Goals in their communities. The 2017 Champions were Mr Josek Wesley (Jiwaka); Ms Yanamlyn Yana (Gulf); Mr Emos James (Eastern Highlands); Mr Lazarus Towa