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Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership

The Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership (MIBTP) is a BBSRC funded Doctoral Training Partnership between the University of Warwick, the University of Birmingham and the University of Leicester.

The MIBTP has an ambitious vision to deliver innovative, world class research across the Life Sciences to boost the growing Bioeconomy in the Midlands and across the UK.

PhD Studentship projects are focussed in vital research areas such as food security, bio-energy and industrial biotechnology, and use interdisciplinary and quantitative approaches to biology.
Students from a wide diversity of academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply: those with creative drive in both theoretical disciplines (for example, maths, computer science, statistics) as well as experimental science (for example, biology, biomedicine, chemistry, biotechnology).


Richard Meek - publication

Richard Meek, of the 2013 MIBTP cohort, has recently had his first author publication in Plos Biology. The publication is a result of his PIPS placement, undertaken during his training year.

The article, entitled Nonmedical Uses of Antibiotics: Time to Restrict Their Use? was based on a 11,000 word report for the UK All Parliamentary Group on antibiotics, which Richard also first authored. This report can be viewed on the APPG website.

Nathaniel Davies - published paper

Nathaniel Davies (2012 cohort) has recently had his second, first author publication - this time in the BMC Evolutionary Biology Journal. The paper is entitled Analysis of 5’ gene regions reveals extraordinary conservation of novel non-coding sequences in a wide range of animals and can be viewed on the Biomedcentral website.

MIBTP success at Biotechnology YES competition

Two MIBTP students are part of a team who have reached the final of the Biotechnology YES competition.

Sian Baily - 2012 cohort, and Matthew Tridgett - 2014 cohort (who are both based at the University of Birmingham), along with their team members Julia Kraemer, Charles Moore-Kelly and Stephen Hall, achieved success in thier workshop and will advance to the finals, taking place in London on 10th December. Sian acted as Managing Director of the team, Matthew, Finance Director.

The Biotechnology Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (Biotechnology YES) is an innovative competition developed to raise awareness of the commercialisation of bioscience ideas among early career researchers. The competition, funded by sponsorship, aims to encourage an entrepreneurial culture for the benefit of the UK economy.

The winners of the Biotechnology YES competition receive £2,500 and an opportunity to attend the Rice Business Plan Competition. For more information on the competition, please see the Biotechnology Yes website.

Nathaniel Davies has his first author publication in the Oxford Journals

Nathaniel Davies, of the first MIBTP intake of students, has just had his first author publication in the Oxford Journals Database, The Journal of Biological Databases and Curation. The paper, entitled WaspAtlas: a Nasonia vitripennis gene database and analysis platform, can be viewed on the website