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The University of Southampton

Award for research on next generation DNA sequencing

Published: 2 July 2012

Chemistry lecturer Dr Syma Khalid has secured a fully-funded four-year studentship with the leading bio-nanotechnology company Oxford Nanopore Technologies. She has worked with the company since it was founded in 2005, at first as a consultant and now as a collaborator.

Syma's research group is using computer simulations to study the molecular-level details of specific interactions between DNA and nanopores as the DNA travels through the pores under an applied potential. Results are used to guide the design of more efficient and accurate nanopores for DNA sequencing.

The student engaged for the studentship will visit the company's headquarters in Oxford for regular meetings; the modelling team from Oxford Nanopore Technologies will also spend time in Southampton for updates and exchange of expertise.

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