APEX is a new intersectoral training, career development and mobility fellowship which focuses on the research strengths and expertise of the Institute in the area of gut microbiota and their role in human health and disease.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 754535.
Update: Both Calls are now closed. Call 1 closed in 2018 from which 10 fellowships were awarded and Call 2 closed in 2019 from which another 10 fellowships were awarded.
APEX is a postdoctoral fellowship Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (MSCA) COFUND programme, based at APC Microbiome Ireland at University College Cork (UCC), and cofunded by Horizon 2020.
The APEX programme will offer 20 prestigious two-year postdoctoral fellowships for incoming mobility across two calls over the 60 months duration of the programme.
Fellowships will be targeted at experienced researchers. (An experienced researcher must at the application deadline be in possession of a doctoral degree OR have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience in academia or industry).
All fellows will be hosted in an APC academic host organisation (University College Cork, Teagasc Moorepark or Trinity College Dublin) and will be required to complete a mandatory secondment in a relevant industry host.
Fellowships will be offered in the four thematic APC research areas of ‘Microbes to Molecules’, ‘Diet and Microbes at the Extremes of Life’, ‘Brain-Gut-Microbiota Axis’ and ‘Host-Microbe Dialogue’. Adhering to the MSCA principle of ‘individual-driven mobility’, APEX applicants will have the freedom to choose their research topic (within the remit of the APC), their supervisor and their secondment organisation. Secondments will be relevant to the fellows’ research project and their career development.
The APEX Fellowships are open to experienced researchers of any nationality, resident anywhere in the world (provided the mobility eligibility criteria are met), seeking a prestigious career development fellowship in research of the gut microbiota and their role in human health and disease.
All fellows will be hosted in an APC academic host organisation (University College Cork or Teagasc Moorepark ) and will be required to complete a mandatory secondment in a relevant industry host.
The aim of APEX is to develop the next generation of scientific leaders who will gain hands on experience developing cross-disciplinary and entrepreneurial skills through individual research projects.
Applicants choose their research area (within the remit of APC), APEX supervisor, and secondment organisation in the non-academic sector.
We would love to hear from you. Should you have any queries in relation to the APEX fellowship programme, please feel free to contact us.
- Ms. Oonagh Cahalane, APC Microbiome Ireland, Rm 5.04, Biosciences Building, University College Cork, Ireland.
- APEX Programme Management Office: +353 (0)21 490 1393
- Email: APEX@ucc.ie
2019 Call Important Dates
|Indicative Call Schedule||Date*|
|Call 2 Announcement||22 Jan 2019|
|Deadline for Proposal Submission||23 April 2019|
|Call Outcome||Aug 2019|
|Fellowship Start Date||Oct 2019|
*These dates are indicative and subject to change
20 APEX Fellows (10 female and 10 male) were recruited over the two calls. Fellows joined the programme from countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Bangladesh, Lithuania, Iran, Germany, Britain and India.
- Shriram Patel, Abel A. Vlasblom, Koen M. Verstappen, Aldert L. Zomer, Ad C. Fluit, Malbert R. C. Rogers, Jaap A. Wagenaar, Marcus J. Claesson, Birgitta Duim. Differential Analysis of Longitudinal Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Colonization in Relation to Microbial Shifts in the Nasal Microbiome of Neonatal Piglets. American Society of Microbiology (ASM) Journals 2021 10.1128/msystems.00152-21
- Rubén García‐Cabrerizo, Carina Carbia, Kenneth J. O´Riordan, Harriet Schellekens, John F. Cryan. Microbiota‐gut‐brain axis as a regulator of reward processes. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jnc.15284
- Mariana Pérez-Ibarreche, Des Field, R. Paul Ross, Colin Hill. A Bioengineered Nisin Derivative to Control Biofilms of Streptococcus uberisdoi:10.1128/aem.00391-21
- Fernández de Ullivarri M., S. Arbulu, E. Garcia-Gutierrez, P. D. Cotter (2020). Antifungal peptides as therapeutic agents. Frontiers Cellular and Infection Microbiology, 10:105. doi: 10.3389/fcimb.2020.00105.
- Book chapter: Arbulu S., B. Gomez-sala, E. Garcia-Gutierrez, P. D. Cotter. Food bioprotection.
- Codagnone, M.G., Stanton, C., O’Mahony, S.M., Dinan, T.G. and Cryan, J.F., 2019. Microbiota and Neurodevelopmental Trajectories: Role of Maternal and Early-Life Nutrition. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism, 74(2), pp.16-27.
- Cryan JF, O’Riordan KJ, Cowan CS, Sandhu KV, Bastiaanssen TF, Boehme M, Codagnone MG, Cussotto S, Fulling C, Golubeva AV, Guzzetta KE, Jaggar M, Long-Smith CM, Lyte JM, Martin JA, Molinero-Perez A, Moloney G, Morelli E, Morillas E, O’Connor R, Pereira J, Peterson VL, Rea K, Ritz NL, Sherwin E, Spichak S, Teichman EM, van de Wouw M, Ventura-Silva AP, Wallace-Fitzsimons SE, Hyland N, Clarke G, Dinan TG. The Microbiota-Gut-Brain Axis. Physiol Rev. In press (August 2019)
- Review article published in Gut Microbes journal. Mondal SI, Draper L, Ross P, Hill C. Bacteriophage endolysins as a potential weapon to combat Clostridioides difficile infection. Gut Microbes. doi:10.1080/19490976.2020.1813533
- Shakhinur Islam Mondal, Arzuba Akter, Lorraine A. Draper, R. Paul Ross, Colin Hill. Characterization of an Endolysin Targeting Clostridioides difficile That Affects Spore Outgrowth
Social Media Activity
- Dr Namrata Iyer APEX postdoc and Dr Sinéad Corr, APEX researcher, publish their review focussing on microbial metabolites as regulators of the gut barrier and their role in #BD on 21 Nov 2021
- APC Microbiome shares Dr Shriram H Patel's "Myths about Coeliac Disease" presentation on 1 Nov 2021
- SeqBiome congratulates Dr Shriram H Patel on their contributions to new study on 21 July 2021
- Dr Namrata Iyer APEX postdoc with tells us about her research searching for new anti-inflammatory compounds on #WorldMicrobiomeDay
- Video was shared on social media on June 27, 2020
- Video for Cork Discovers part of European Researcher’s night titled “Cows, Candy and Other Curiosities” with APEX Fellow Dr. Namrata Iyer
- Dr Namrata Iyer- microbiology expert on podcast “Probiotics: Scam or Superfood?” by ScienceVs
- APEX fellow: Dr Miguel De Ullivarri talks about his research on killer peptide as a solution for candiasis for WorldMicrobiomeDay
- Some of the APEX Fellows in Game of Microbes
- APEX Fellow Dr Mariana Perez Ibarreche from Argentina tells us about her research on new antimicrobials addressing the global challenge of AntibioticResistance
- APEX Fellow Dr. Namrata Iyer Featured on the Girlup Singapore Instagram account as a scientist
- APEX Fellow Dr Shakhinur Mondial from Bangladesh is addressing the global challenge of AntibioticResistance in his research on endolysins (Bangla; subtitles in English) for WorldMicrobiomeDay
- APEX Fellow Dr Fabiana Hoffmann Sarda presenting at Famelab Cork, 27th February 2019, Triskel Christchurch – Triskel Arts Center, Cork
- Pint of Science Cork in May 22nd, 2019, APEX Fellow Dr Fabiana Hoffmann Sarda talks to the public about Breastmilk sugars and the microbiome.
- Science is Wonderful. European Commission event 25, 26 September 2019 Brussels, Belgium