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Microbiological Approach to Food and Environmental Health
Malta (MMSA) - University of Malta, Msida
Faculty of Health Sciences
Dr Anna McElhatton
Dr Vasilis Valdramidis
Type of Research Project
- Basic science
What is the background of the project?
The project will focus upon the relevance of the microbial organisms
What is the aim of the project?
The aim of the project is to determine how food spoilage as a result of microbial action takes place and how this can be counteracted.
What techniques and methods are used?
Predictive microbiology/ modelling (involving the use of statistics) and conventional microbiological culturing techniques will be employed in this project.
What is the role of the student?
- The student will mainly observe
- The tasks will be done under supervision
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
The student is expected to perform the role of a research officer i.e. will perform any task that may arise, including, but not limited to, the cultivation of bacterial colonies, the application of chemicals on such colonies and colony counting.
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
Although the students will be guided by the tutor regarding the theoretical parts of the project, students are expected to do most of the literature review independently.
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- No specific outcome is expected
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
The students taking part in this project are expected to have a a basic microbiological or biomedical background.
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts: - Medical students - Graduated students (less than 6 months) - Students in biomedical fields
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