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.