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Complete the following questionnaire for - IC2022_03 PhD position in Mesoscopic Fluid Dynamics Modelling and Simulation of Virus Transport  (171 KB)

In the framework of the BCAM “Mathematical Modelling Applied to Health” strategy, a series of projects will be launched in different areas of Applied Mathematics.

The “Computational Fluid Dynamics” research line http://www.bcamath.org/en/research/lines/CFDMS at the BCAM looks for a PhD candidate to work in the project:

"Mesoscopic fluid dynamics modelling and simulation of virus transport”

The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (as well as other viruses), consist of a nanoscale spherical capsid decorated with protruding functional proteins. The alignment of the such proteins with specific receptors of the human cells determines the linkage and further insertion of the viral genetic material into the cells. At the nanoscale, the rotational diffusion of such decorated objects may exhibit characteristic deviations compared to a simple nanosphere. Moreover, the type and distribution of the surrounding proteins can provide rotational signatures that differentiate various types of virus, thus providing relevant biomarkers.

The goal of this PhD project is to explore the potential of microrheological characterization of viral solutions as a tool for virus-identification and characterization. The effect of the decorating-proteins morphology and distribution over the dynamics of virus will be investigated using the smoothed dissipative particle dynamics method. The results of this project will provide relevant mesoscopic information to construct a multiscale framework to investigated viral pathologies.

The PhD candidate will work under the supervision of Ikerbasque Prof. Marco Ellero (CFD group, BCAM) on the developments and use of mesoscopic particle-simulation methods to better understand changes in the translational and rotational diffusivity of viruses. Experimental collaborations with the Dr. Padilla's Lab at Kings College https://www.kcl.ac.uk/research/padilla-parra-lab as well as with groups at CICbiomagune and BioDonostia in San Sebastian are foreseen.

Deadline: 19th April 2022, 14:00 CET (UTC+1) .
Applications will be evaluated in a continuous manner, with a response period no longer than 4 weeks after the call deadline.

Contact: recruitment@bcamath.org


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Eusko Jaurlaritza - Gobierno Vasco ikerbasque - Basque Foundation for Science Bizkaia xede. Bizkaiko Foru Aldundia innobasque - Agencia vasca de la innovación Universidad del PaÃŒs Vasco (UPV/EHU)