Thesis topic proposal
Gábor Földvári
Impact of anthropogenic pressure and climate change on the eco-epidemiology of ticks and tick-borne pathogens


Institute: Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
Doctoral School of Biology

Thesis supervisor: Gábor Földvári
Location of studies (in Hungarian): Center for Ecological Research
Abbreviation of location of studies: ELKH

Description of the research topic:

Habitat loss, urbanization, climate change, global tourism and trade create ecological situations that help many pathogens to settle in new places and new hosts, thus stimulating disease emergence in both humans and domestic animals. We can anticipate the arrival of pathogens and their behaviour and mitigate their impacts on society if we find them before they find us. The PhD project will be performed under the DAMA (Document, Assess, Monitor, Act) framework that enables us not only to find but also to monitor the pathogens found relevant during molecular epidemiological risk assessment and to make suggestions to reduce human infection risk. We will investigate tick species that may appear and establish in Hungary due to climate change and anthropogenic impact and the spatial and temporal dynamics of endemic tick species. We will also implement DAMA protocol into practice with the most important tick-borne pathogens (Borrelia, Anaplasma, Neoehrlichia, Rickettsia spp., Tick-borne encephalitis virus, Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever virus) within their urban and natural habitats.

Required language skills: English
Further requirements: 
Szakirányú (pl. biológus MSc, állatorvos, orvos) végzettség; laboratóriumi, molekuláris biológiai és terepi munka iránti érdeklődés és/vagy tapasztalat; kutatómunka és a téma iránti elhivatottság, mobilitás (pl. külföldi részképzés/kutatás)

Number of students who can be accepted: 1

Deadline for application: 2023-05-31

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