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PATHSENSE

Training Network to Understand and Exploit Mechanisms of Sensory Perception in Bacteria

The vision for the PATHSENSE (Pathogen Sensing) ETN is to bring together an interdisciplinary team of world-leading European researchers to tackle a highly ambitious scientific project, focusing on the molecular mechanisms of sensory perception in bacteria, which will deliver the doctoral training of thirteen ESRs and deliver high-impact scientific outputs.

The complementary research skills and training expertise within this inter-sectoral Network will ensure that the ESRs trained will become Europe’s next generation of innovative research leaders. The participation of both the academic (8 universities and 1 public research institute) and non-academic sectors (4 companies and 1 governmental agency) will ensure that the ESRs acquire the necessary skills to translate fundamental research into technologies that can be exploited to have a strong positive impact on the socio-economic development of Europe.

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The PATHSENSE (Pathogen Sensing) ETN will bring together an interdisciplinary team of world-leading researchers from Europe to tackle a highly ambitious scientific project, focusing on the molecular mechanisms of sensory perception in bacterial pathogens.

PATHSENSE will establish an innovative doctoral training programme that will deliver 13 PhD graduates and high-impact scientific outputs. The relationship between molecular structures and biological function is central to understanding any living system; however the research methodologies required to unravel these relationships are often complex and fast-changing.

The team participating in this Network has the infrastructure and track-record to train ESRs in these state-of-the art methodologies, including structural biology, proteomics & protein biochemistry, molecular biology, bacterial genetics, food microbiology, mathematical modeling, cell biology, microscopy and comparative genomics.

PATHSENSE will investigate the poorly understood structure-function relationships that exist within a large multi-protein complex called a “stressosome”, which acts as a sensory organelle in bacteria. The project will involve extensive intersectoral mobility of the ESRs across 7 EU countries to make full use of the complementary skills available at each of the hosting institutions. The inter-sectoral Network comprises 8 leading Universities, 1 public research institution, 4 companies (from spin-off to large multi-national) and 1 governmental agency. A major objective of this Network will be to exploit the fundamental research to develop novel antimicrobial treatments that have applications in the food and public health sectors. This project will deliver high-impact science, 13 highly-trained innovative researchers and will produce a long-lasting intersectoral network of collaborators who will continue to work together to exploit fundamental research for the socio-economic benefit of Europe.

OUR TEAM

MEET OUR TEAM OF 13 PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS FROM 12 DIFFERENT INSTITUTIONS/COMPANIES AND 13 EARLY STAGE RESEARCHERS BASED IN 7 DIFFERENT EUROPEAN COUNTRIES, WORKING TOGETHER ON THIS PROJECT WHICH IS COORDINATED BY DR CONOR O’BYRNE OF NUI GALWAY. SEE THE BENEFCIARIES AND OUR PARTNER ORGANISATIONS.

PROGRAMME MANAGER
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EARLY STAGE RESEARCHERS

“Imagine if you deprived someone of their sense of hearing, smell and vision and then placed them in a crowded city. They would find it pretty difficult to survive. This is what we aim to do with these bacterial pathogens, with the goal of reducing their chance of survival and ultimately preventing infections in humans.”
Dr. Conor O’Byrne

NEWS

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