WE ARE HIRING - PhD Studentship in Serosurveillance of Lyme

Tue, 02 November 2021

We are recruiting for a PhD studentship based at UKHSA in Portdon Down and registered at the University of Liverpool for a serosurveillance study of Lyme disease. This project will determine the prevalence in the blood (seroprevalence) of specific antibodies to Borrelia species and other tick-borne pathogens as a measure of prior population exposure to these pathogens. The student will conduct a study to investigate regional differences in Borrelia (and other tick-borne pathogen) seroprevalence across England using a random cross-section of residual plasma from NHS Blood & Transplant blood donors. This will be compared with national Lyme disease incidence data over the same period, using UKHSA data on laboratory-confirmed cases. The student will also design and execute a cross-sectional seroprevalence study to identify occupational/recreational risk factors for tick-borne disease exposure, using healthy volunteers recruited prospectively. For more information and details on how to apply, please click here.