Title of PhD project / theme
Cause of acute febrile illness in the Philippines
Koya Ariyoshi (lead, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Chris Smith (Christopher.Smith@lshtm.ac.uk)
Robin Bailey (Robin.Bailey@lshtm.ac.uk )
Martin Hibberd (Martin.Hibberd@lshtm.ac.uk)
Brief description of project / theme
This study aims to further understanding of febrile illness linked with an ongoing fever study (assessing children and adults with suspected bacterial infection) and a new planned central nervous system (CNS) study in Metro Manila, the Philippines.
The exact nature of the project would require further input from the potential student, with input from the supervisors.
One potential focus of the project could be to utilize molecular methods to generate updated information on the clinical and molecular epidemiology of CNS infections, and the establishment and evaluation of a multiplex real-time PCR system for the detection of viral, bacterial and fungal pathogens together with metagenomic approaches, in collaboration with the National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Tokyo, Japan.
Results from this study aim to address knowledge gaps on febrile illness in the Philippines.
The role of LSHTM and NU in this collaborative project
NU: support for fieldwork in the Philippines including PCR, clinical tropical medicine
LSHTM: support phylogenetic analyses and molecular epidemiology aspects
Particular prior educational requirements for a student undertaking this project
Masters degree in related field
Skills we expect a student to develop/acquire whilst pursuing this project
Sequencing, bioinformatics, molecular epidemiology