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  Epigenetic mechanisms in atrial fibrillation – the role of developmental regulators and chronic stress
  Dr D Villar Lozano, Prof A Tinker
Application Deadline: 14 February 2020

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This is an exciting opportunity for a PhD studentship within the supportive learning environment of the Blizard Institute and the wider Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry (SMD) at QMUL.
  Disease phenomics - quantifying the development of disease symptoms in infected plants
  Dr S A Rolfe
Applications accepted all year round

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Biology is undergoing a revolution as ‘omic technologies allow us to make hundreds or thousands of measurements on large populations of plants.
  Genomic diversity and molecular basis of pathogenicity of novel oomycete pathogens
  Dr M Barkoulas, Prof M Fisher
Application Deadline: 12 February 2020

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The oomycetes represent a diverse group of eukaryotic organisms that cause destructive disease in animals and plants. Plant infections are more widely known because they are associated with historical famines caused by shortage in the production of key food crops.
  Understanding disease mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease
  Dr X Shu, Dr G Hunter
Applications accepted all year round

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Project reference number. SHLS19028. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common cause of dementia and is a growing global health concern in the world.
  Understanding resistance and tolerance to chytrid fungal disease in amphibians to improve conservation
  Dr L Grogan
Applications accepted all year round

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This PhD project will involve working with captive animals (Australian barred frogs and tadpoles, including the endangered Fleay’s barred frog) to understand host responses to infection and mechanisms of resistance and tolerance to the devastating fungal disease, frog chytridiomycosis.
  Bloomsbury Colleges PhD: Veterinary paraclinical metagenomics to prevent bovine respiratory disease and antimicrobial use in calves
  Prof L Guardabassi, Dr R Stabler
Application Deadline: 9 February 2020

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Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) is a major cause for loss of productivity and one of the most common reasons for antimicrobial use in cattle farming worldwide [1].
  Ca2+ signalling in neurodegeneration and Alzheimer’s disease
  Research Group: School of Biology
  Prof I A Hope
Applications accepted all year round

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Human variants of the ryanodine receptor, the main intracellular calcium ion channel, could be responsible for Alzheimer’s disease.
  Investigating the link between amyloid-β oligomers, neuroinflammation and cognitive deficits in preclinical models for Alzheimer’s Disease
  Dr M Harte, Prof J Neill
Applications accepted all year round

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Currently four out of the five pharmacological treatments used for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are acetylcholinesterase inhibitors aimed at boosting the amount of acetylcholine in the brain, with the fifth being an N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist.
  QUADRAT DTP: Environmental change and the epidemiology of a multi-host pathogen: Leptospira in Africa
  Dr M Moseley, Prof E Morgan
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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Multi-host pathogens include some the most important pathogens of livestock and humans. These pathogens are maintained in complex ecological reservoirs that are comprised of epidemiologically connected animal host populations and environments (Viana et al., 2014).
  Protein Misfolding and the Molecular Basis of Alzheimer’s Disease
  Dr J Viles
Applications accepted all year round

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Background. World-wide one in three people over the age of 65 will die with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). The disease is characterised by deposits of amyloid plaques and fibrils of amyloid-beta peptide (Ab) are their main constituent.
  Exploration and treatment of sFlt-mediated cardiac dysfunction in animal model of preeclampsia (Manchester-Melbourne Dual Award)
  Dr J Myers, Dr E Johnstone
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Our project “Exploration and treatment of sFlt-mediated cardiac dysfunction in animal model of preeclampsia” provides an exciting opportunity for a student interested in maternal and fetal health to learn and develop new techniques in two world leading centres that are focused on translating laboratory experiments into improvements in clinical care.
  MASTERS BY RESEARCH PROJECT Using Zebrafish to Study Heart Disease and Tissue Regeneration
  Dr R Richardson
Applications accepted all year round

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Start 23 September 2019. Our Main Interests and Skills. In vivo animal models. Live imaging and sophisticated microscopy. Inflammation.
  The Role of Microglia-released microRNA in the Pathology of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS; motor neuron disease)
  Prof M Hafezparast
Application Deadline: 2 March 2020

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Applications are invited for a PhD studentship funded by the Motor Neurone Disease Association to study the link between microglia-derived microRNA (miRNA) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the leading form of motor neuron disease, but the exact mechanisms that underlie its pathology are not well understood.
  Development of an in vitro model to dissect the mechanism of fungal persistence in the cystic fibrosis lung
  Prof P Bowyer, Dr M Bromley, Dr S Gago
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common fatal genetically inherited disease in Caucasian populations. This disease is caused by mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane regulator gene (CFTR) which produces defective ion fluxes and calcium homeostasis in the epithelia.
  Expanded potential stem cells for regenerative medicine, immunotherapy, and biotechnology
  Prof P Liu
Applications accepted all year round

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Embryonic stem cells (ES cells) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells) are pluripotent and thus hold great promise in regenerative medicine, studying disease mechanisms and drug discovery.
  Use of electroencephalography for the discovery of a functional marker of MCI converting to dementia. The AlzSM project.
  Dr F Tamagnini, Prof G J Stephens, Dr G Stothart
Applications accepted all year round

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Dementia is the main chronic disease leading to disability amongst the elder population worldwide and it currently represents a healthcare emergency at a global level.
  The impact of zinc deficiency on Alzheimer’s disease
  Dr C Lawrence, Prof D Brough
Applications accepted all year round

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In addition to memory problems, people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) also experience ‘non-memory’ behavioural symptoms including depression, anxiety, and agitation.
  Alzheimer’s Society funded PhD studentship: how Alzheimer’s disease associated neuroinflammation is altered in Down Syndrome
  Dr F Wiseman
Application Deadline: 7 February 2020

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Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship in the UK Dementia Research Institute at UCL, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, to start 28th September 2020.
  Understanding the role of lymphatic endothelial cell dysfunction in mediating diabetic heart disease
  Dr R Katare
Applications accepted all year round

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Diabetes, affects endothelial cells function leading to a condition called diabetic microangiopathy. Majority of the focus is on understanding diabetes-induced changes in arterial or venous endothelial cells.
  KESS2 Scholarship: Going beyond the gut: enhancing fish health with precision aquaculture nutrition
  Dr A Ellison
Application Deadline: 30 January 2020

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Two of the greatest barriers to intensification of aquaculture in the Wales, and indeed globally, is infectious disease outbreaks and sustainable, efficient fish nutrition.
  (BBSRC DTP) Selective knockdown of proinflammatory microRNAs to tackle neurodegeneration and cognitive decline: myth or reality?
  Dr E Bichenkova, Prof J Neill, Dr F Roncaroli, Prof D Clarke
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Neurodegenerative diseases (e.g. multiple and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases) have tremendous psychological, clinical and social impact, which becomes increasingly challenging in the global trend of population aging.
  Mechanistic analysis of neurodevelopmental disorders caused by mutations in the gene RAC1
  Dr T Millard, Dr S Banka
Applications accepted all year round

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RAC1 is a signalling protein that regulates many cellular processes and is essential during embryonic development. We recently discovered a novel genetic disease called RAC1-related neurodevelopmental disorder (RRND) that results from mutations in the RAC1 gene.
  Analysing immune responses to metastatic ovarian tumours to identify therapeutic targets
  Dr J H Caamano, Dr D Withers
Applications accepted all year round

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Research interests/description of main research theme. Ovarian cancer remains the most lethal gynaecological malignancy for women over 50 years old (1).
  MSc by Research Programme: ADP-ribosylation in the aging nervous system
  Dr L McGurk
Application Deadline: 16 July 2020

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This course allows you to work alongside our world renowned experts from the School of Life Sciences and gain a ’real research’ experience.
  Validation of owner-reported mobility data using a tool developed for the Generation Pup longitudinal study
  Prof E Comerford, Dr KT Bates
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Owner-based questionnaires verified with objective gait data are available for use in dogs already diagnosed with osteoarthritis to help accurately quantify changes in mobility.
  Detecting and Imaging oral blood vessels for disease monitoring using Heart-Rate Modulated Optical Coherence Tomography
  Dr P H Tomlins
Applications accepted all year round

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Background. This project offers an exciting opportunity to develop imaging technology for oral inflammation. Inflammation is an important condition underlying numerous human health conditions.
  Modelling parasitic disease risk in reindeer
  Dr H Vineer
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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Semi-nomadic reindeer herding is central to Sami culture and identity.
  Examining Histoplasmosis in household and community environments at the human-animal interface
  Dr C Scantlebury, Prof A J McCarthy, Dr G Pinchbeck, Dr D Wooton
Applications accepted all year round

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Little is known about the current prevalence or transmission of Histoplasmosis despite its persistence in Sub-Saharan Africa, representing a public health blind spot (Oladele et al., 2018).
  An in-vivo but non-animal test system for cell recruitment and cell integration into the heart
  Dr S Dietrich, Dr A Lewis, Dr A Lalatsa
Application Deadline: 23 February 2020

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Applications are invited for a fully-funded three year PhD to commence in October 2020.
  Targeting the Role of Myeloid Steroid Metabolism in Chronic Inflammation
  Dr R Hardy, Dr P Foster
Applications accepted all year round

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Background. Myeloid derived cell populations such as macrophages play a critical role in the early innate immune response, whilst dendritic cells are essential in bridging the progression to an adaptive immune response.
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