The research will be divided over three science themes and each will consist of 5 PhD projects.

Pathogen-insect host interactions (PhD projects 1-5)

Discovering interactions between pathogens and insect hosts, and determining abiotic and biotic triggers for disease outbreaks.

Covert infections and pathogen detection (PhD projects 6-10)

Understanding the molecular mechanisms behind latency / persistence (covert infections) and how to discover / detect pathogens to prevent disease outbreaks.

Increasing insect resistance against pathogens (PhD projects 11-15)

Focussing on the interactions between pathogens and the insect microbiome and how nutritional adaptations can increase fitness of reared insects.