PhD studentship opportunity: Interaction of classical swine fever virus with porcine cells

Closing date: 31 January 2022

Classical swine fever virus (CSFV) is a highly contagious virus that is exotic virus to the UK and an outbreak of CSF would have severe socioeconomic and animal welfare impacts. While there is a very potent vaccine available, its use is limited by the inability to differentiate vaccinated from infected animals. To gain insights into the mechanisms of vaccine protection to inform on the generation of better vaccines this project will involve the characterisation of the porcine host response to the existing potent vaccine and comparison to immune responses induced upon infection with pathogenic CSFV strains to identify the mechanisms of protection verses infection.