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Advanced Multidisciplinary Training in Molecular Bacteriology

Objective

The advancement in life sciences has created a growing number of disciplines that are required to elucidate the increasingly complicated biological questions. This has led to an unsurpassed level of knowledge, but it has also resulted in a continuous specialization in PhD trainings, which makes the students less prepared for complex present day biological questions. To provide a better comprehensive and multidisciplinary PhD training in microbiology, we have brought together 10 EU partners and we have setup the ITN programme Advanced Multidisciplinary Training in Molecular Bacteriology (AMBER). Within this international training programme, we will investigate an important and multifaceted bacterial problem; the intertwinement of central carbon metabolism and several main cellular processes. To tackle this intricate topic the consortium comprises specialists in key areas of microbial physiology, including cell division, cell wall synthesis, RNA processing, DNA replication, metabolic regulation, stress management, metal homeostasis, metabolomics, and secondary metabolite production. This enables us to apply an integrative research approach that is necessary to solve this complex and essential bacterial problem. Importantly, this multidisciplinary project provides a unique training environment for ambitious early-stage researchers (ESRs). As a model system we will use the bacterium Bacillus subtilis. This is the best known Gram-positive organism, and it is also widely used in the biotechnology industry. In fact, the AMBER consortium includes 3 active industrial partners that use B. subtilis for different commercial purposes; enzyme production, synthesis of lipopeptide (antibiotics) or as probiotics additive. The training programme will therefore ensure that the ESRs will gain industrially relevant expertise. Thus, the AMBER programme will prepare ESRs for both a successful career in academia as well as in the private sector.

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Address
Spui 21
1012WX Amsterdam
Netherlands

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jacco Konijn (Mr.)
EU contribution
€ 494 813,11

Participants (8)

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 353 749,44
Address
Kings Gate
NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Aleona Blinova (Ms.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 584 298,11
Address
147 Rue De L'universite
75007 Paris Cedex 07

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maryse Blin (Ms.)
GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITAT GOTTINGEN STIFTUNG OFFENTLICHEN RECHTS
Germany
EU contribution
€ 277 911,48
Address
Wilhelmsplatz 1
37073 Gottingen

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nadja Daghbouche (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAET GREIFSWALD
Germany
EU contribution
€ 279 011,48
Address
Domstrasse 11
17489 Greifswald

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Diana Lode
STICHTING VU
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 289 538,37
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yvonne Kops (Dr.)
UNIVERSITE DES SCIENCES ET TECHNOLOGIES DE LILLE - LILLE I
France
EU contribution
€ 278 851,65
Address
Cite Scientifique
59655 Villeneuve D'ascq

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Vernay Muriel (Ms.)
KEMIN EUROPA NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 211 860
Address
Toekomstlaan, Industriezone Wolfstee 42
2200 Herentals

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stefaan Van Dyck (Dr.)
PURATOS NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 211 860
Address
Industrialaan 25 Zone Maalbeek
1702 Groot Bijgaarden

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jacques Georis (Dr.)