Master thesis - Abundance of Class 1 Integron-Integrase genes in the River Weser

Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) - AWI - Helmholtz Association

Bremerhaven, Germany

Area of research:

Diploma & Master Thesis


Job description:

Master thesis
Abundance of Class 1 Integron-Integrase genes in the River Weser

Where: Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, division "Biosciences", sections Shelf Seas Systems Ecology in Helgoland

Background:
Class 1 integrons are genetic elements involved in the spread of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs). Since conserved motifs of these integrons suggest a single ancestor, these genetic elements were recently coined as “invasive species” by Gillings (2017) and showed a steep increase in abundance and distribution during the last 100 years. Nowadays, they are found in more than 70 medically important bacterial species, and reside in the human gut and domesticated animals.

In the framework of the German joint research project PLAWES (https://bmbf-plastik.de/verbundprojekt/plawes), sediment samples were taken in 2018 covering the whole system of the River Weser up to the Wadden Sea.

Tasks:
In this Master Thesis, the candidate will analyse the abundance of Class 1 Integron-Integrase genes by using qPCR.

Requirements:
We are looking for a Master student in biology, microbiology, molecular biology or a similar field.

You are interested? Then please send us your application by e-mail to Dr. Gunnar Gerdts (Gunnar.Gerdts@awi.de) or Dr. Antje Michels (Antje.Michels@awi.de) or MSc. Elanor Jongmans-Hochschulz (elanor.jongmans@awi.de).

For further information please contact MSc. Elanor Jongmans-Hochschulz (elanor.jongmans@awi.de, +49(4725)819-3233).


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Quote Reference: Helmholtz-15103479

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