The research is divided over three work packages each with five PhD research projects.
1. Pathogen-host interactions (RP1-5)
Discovering interactions between pathogens and insect hosts, and determining abiotic and biotic triggers for disease outbreaks.
2. Covert infections and pathogen detection (RP6-10)
Understanding the molecular mechanisms behind latency / persistence (covert infections) and how to discover / detect pathogens to prevent disease outbreaks.
3. Increasing insect resistance against pathogens (RP10-15)
Focussing on the interactions between pathogens and
the insect microbiome and how nutritional adaptations can increase fitness of
For individual research projects see the INSECT DOCTORS Research Projects page.