Project properties

Title CrypTicks: Virus-induced behaviour of ticks
Group Entomology, Laboratory of
Project type thesis
Credits 24-39
Supervisor(s) Julian Bakker, Sander Koenraadt
Examiner(s) prof. dr. Marcel Dicke
Contact info julian.bakker@wur.nl
Begin date 2019/01/01
End date 2021/12/31
Description Tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBE) is a virus transmitted by ticks. This virus is mainly found in Asia and Eastern-Europe. However, since 2016, this virus is also found in The Netherlands. TBEV can cause encephalitis in humans and multiple cases are known in The Netherlands. Little is known about the vector competence of Dutch ticks and the behaviour of virus-infected ticks. With this project, you will study the vector-competence of ticks or study the behaviour of virus-infected ticks. Other projects studying tick-virus interactions are also possible if you are interested at the molecular level of virus-pathogen interactions. This research can also be part of an internship.
Used skills Behavioural experiments, qPCR, TCID50, cell culture, tick-virus infection, virus-pathogen interactions, data-analysis, scientefic writing.

Requirements For doing a BSc-thesis at Entomology, there are no requirements for specific courses.
For doing a MSc-thesis or internship at Entomology, the following requirements apply: ENT-30806 + a second ENT-course (preferably ENT-30306 or ENT-50806 or ENT-53806). As an alternative for the second ENT-course, PHP-30806 or BHE-30306 can be selected.
Note: these requirements do not apply for MBI students; MBI students should check the requirements for doing an ENT MSc-thesis or internship in the study programme of their specialisation.