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Current MSc Positions
A 2-year MSc position is available (pending stipend funding) commencing either September 2017 or January 2018 in the laboratory of Drs. Leonardo Susta (principal advisor) and Sarah Wootton (co-advisor), Department of Pathobiology, University of Guelph. This MSc position will focus on the study of Newcastle disease virus (NDV) as an oncolytic agent for the treatment of different types of canine cancers.
Specifically, the research will involve production of an NDV strain that is pseudotyped with the F (fusion) and HN (hemagglutinin neuraminidase) genes from Avian Paramyxovirus serotype 2, 3 and 5, in order to increase the oncolytic properties of NDV in mammals, while improving the safety profile in avian species. The position will involve: 1) extensive molecular biology (PCR, cloning) work to modify the NDV backbone, 2) reverse genetics to rescued the pseudotyped NDV strains, 3) evaluation of the biological characteristics of pseudotyped NDV strains through growth curves, assessment of safety profile in avian species (inoculation of embryonated eggs), and determination of cytolytic efficacy in canine osteosarcoma and melanoma cell lines.
The program will offer the candidate the opportunity to learn different aspects of molecular and classical virology, molecular biology, reverse genetics, cell cultures, and cell viability assays. The ideal candidate will participate fully in all aspects of the research project, and will be a motivated and ambitious team member. Selection of the successful candidate is based on a combination of academic criteria, relevant interest and experience, referees’ evaluations, and an assessment of the candidate’s career goals and motivation. The candidate is expected to have a strong molecular biology and virology background, as assessed by completed undergraduate courses and research experience.
Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled.
The candidate must obtain stipend funding, which may be available as scholarships through the Ontario Veterinary College, or other opportunities, such as Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), and Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) HQP scholarship. Please contact Donna Kangas (contact information below) for details.
Research-related inquiries should be directed to Dr. Leonardo Susta (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Additional information regarding admission requirements and the application process can be found at:
Further inquiries can be directed to Mrs. Donna Kangas, Graduate Program Assistant, OVC Graduate Program Services, Building 174, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON N1G 2W1, Canada; phone 519-824-4120 ext. 54725; e-mail (email@example.com).
A PhD or MSc position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Jeff Caswell (http://ovc.uoguelph.ca/pathobiology/faculty/jeff-caswell-0 ), Department of Pathobiology, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. The research project will investigate host-pathogen interactions in Mycoplasma bovis pneumonia of beef cattle. Mycoplasma bovis pneumonia has recently emerged as a major cause of disease and death in Canadian feedlot beef cattle. The project uses in vitro and in vivo studies to evaluate the hypothesis that prior inflammation affects how lung macrophages respond to M. bovis infection, dysregulating the balance between those responses that control infection vs those that cause lung damage and severe disease. These findings are expected to lead to improved methods for control of this disease.
The starting date is September 2017. The deadline for applications is 30 May 2017, or until a suitable applicant is identified. Information on how to apply is available at: https://www.uoguelph.ca/graduatestudies/apply
Further information and detailed instructions for application are available from the graduate program assistant, Ms. Donna Kangas Department of Pathobiology, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 2W1;
The University of Guelph is committed to an Employment Equity Program that includes special measures to achieve diversity among its faculty and staff. We therefore particularly encourage applications from qualified aboriginal Canadians, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and women.