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  PhD in Chemical Biology -- Neuropeptide Research -- University of Vienna
  Prof M Muttenthaler
Applications accepted all year round

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Neuropeptides are key mediators in many biological functions and understanding their interaction with target proteins is fundamental to unravel the underlying mechanism of diseases.
  Fueling chemotherapy resistance in triple-negative breast cancer
  Dr K Brown
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Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is a molecularly heterogeneous group of diseases defined by the lack of estrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PR) and absence of human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 (HER2) amplification.
  Investigating the requirements of pro-inflammatory signaling in skin and head & neck Squamous Cell Carcinomas
  Dr C Darido
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Squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) are amongst the most common cancer types afflicting man. SCCs most frequently arise from stratified squamous epithelia such as the epidermis or the mucosae of the head and neck.
  Mechanisms of regulating gene expression via selective mRNA transport
  Dr V Wickramasinghe, Prof R. Pearson
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A critical step in the gene expression pathway that is altered in cancer is nuclear export of mRNA. We have demonstrated that mRNA export is not constitutive, but highly selective and can regulate distinct biological processes through poorly understood mechanisms.
  Metabolic rewiring in liver cancer: Role of oxidative stress and the Nrf2 pathway
  Dr A. Cox
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Many of the major risks factors for developing liver cancer such as alcohol, obesity, smoking and toxin exposure share in common a role for oxidative stress.
  Predicting the development of oral cancer
  Dr C Darido
Applications accepted all year round

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Human head and neck cancer is a devastating disease with poor survival rates.
  Unravelling the oncogenic activities of serum- and glucocorticoid-regulated kinase 1 (SGK1)
  Dr K Brown
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The phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) pathway is a master regulator of numerous cellular phenotypes associated with cancer including cell survival, proliferation, growth, altered metabolism and malignant transformation.
  Fostering development of ‘smart’, responsive therapeutics against cancer-related microRNAs.
  Dr E Bichenkova, Prof D Clarke, Dr H Aojula
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Short functional non-coding microRNAs are implicated in many types of cancer, and thus can be used as biological targets for development of more selective and powerful anticancer therapies.
  Bactofilins and the bacterial cytoskeleton
  Dr E Hoiczyk
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Newly developed light and electron microscopy methods are revolutionising our understanding of bacterial cells. Once thought to be simple, bacteria have now been recognised at highly organised cells using many elements previously only known from eukaryotes.
  Biogenesis of the Clostridium difficile cell surface
  Dr R Fagan
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Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in our hospitals. Infection normally follows disruption of the gut normal flora by broad-spectrum antibiotic treatment.
  Development of a novel immunotoxin
  Dr L J Partridge
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Immunotoxins represent a form of immunotherapy whereby antibodies are used to target a toxin, usually to cancer or infected host cells.
  Functional analysis of novel genes important in the physiology and pathogenesis of the human pathogen Campylobacter jejuni
  Prof D J Kelly
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Campylobacter jejuni and E. coli are the commonest cause of human bacterial gastroenteritis worldwide. Although pathogenic in humans, C.
  Gliding motility in bacteria
  Dr E Hoiczyk
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Motility is important for bacterial survival and facilitates colonisation and dispersal of bacteria. While swimming and type IV pili-based swarming is relatively well understood, gliding or adventurous motility, a form of surface-associated motility is still enigmatic.
  How do antibiotics kill bacteria?
  Prof S J Foster
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Despite being a lynchpin of modern healthcare we still do not understand how cell wall active antibiotics such as penicillin and vancomycin kill growing bacteria, although several theories have been proposed.
  Investigating the biogenesis and organisation of photosynthetic membranes using cryo-electron tomography
  Dr M Johnson, Dr A Hitchcock, Dr A Siebert
Application Deadline: 9 March 2020

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Photosynthesis forms the basis of global food chains and provides the oxygen and energy that sustains the biosphere and human civilisation.
  Photoreceptor regulation of plant development
  Dr S Casson
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Plant growth and development is highly dependent on the light environment. Light provides energy to drive photosynthesis but light quality and quantity is also perceived by photoreceptors, which signal to regulate responses enabling plants to adapt to their environment.
  Redesigning the absorption and storage of solar energy for photosynthesis
  Prof C N Hunter, Dr A Hitchcock, Dr D Swainsbury
Application Deadline: 31 March 2020

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Photosynthesis is the fundamental biochemical process on Earth that converts solar energy into chemical energy, releasing the oxygen we breathe, providing the food we eat and absorbing the carbon dioxide we produce.
  Regulating biosynthesis of the pigments of life
  Dr A Hitchcock, Dr P Jackson, Prof C N Hunter
Application Deadline: 31 March 2020

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Tetrapyrroles are often referred to as the pigments of life as they are required for a number of vital cellular processes, including respiration (haems), photosynthesis (chlorophylls), amino acid biosynthesis (vitamin B12), sulphur and nitrogen assimilation (sirohaem) and methanogenesis (cofactor F430).
  Structural and functional characterisation of a novel cyanobacterial nanocompartment
  Dr E Hoiczyk
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Increasing efficiency is an important driving force behind cellular organization and often achieved through compartmentalization.
  Structural biology of the intrinsically disordered protein SH2B1
  Prof M P Williamson
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Signalling between the outside of the cell and the inside uses a complicated network of interacting systems. One common signalling mechanism uses receptor tyrosine kinases.
  The regulation of Staphylococcus aureus cell division
  Prof S J Foster
Applications accepted all year round

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Staphylococcus aureus is a major human pathogen causing significant death and disease around the world. The problem is exacerbated by the spread of antibiotic resistant strains.
  The role of protein turnover in bacterial life and death
  Prof S J Foster
Applications accepted all year round

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The control of protein levels in bacterial cells is essential for their growth and survival. This is an interplay between protein synthesis and turnover.
  Understanding the biomechanical changes associated with a popular walking programme to optimise care for individuals with arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions.
  Dr K Martin, Dr D Blana
Application Deadline: 27 March 2020

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This is an exciting, interdisciplinary project that brings together social science, data science and engineering, and will give the student invaluable skills for a career in academia or the medical technology sector.
  EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie funded COFUND Doctoral Programme entitled MemTrain (Cell Membranes in Industrial Processes Training
  Dr A Goddard
Application Deadline: 17 April 2020

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The Department of Biosciences at Aston University has been awarded the EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie funded COFUND Doctoral Programme entitled MemTrain (Cell Membranes in Industrial Processes Training).
  PhD Studentship: Detection of peroxynitrite using a reactive luminescent lanthanide probe
  Dr S Butler
Application Deadline: 22 August 2020

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Application details. Reference number. CM/SJB-Un1/2020. Start date of studentship. 1st October 2020. Closing date of advert. 22th August 2020.
  EMBL Australia Partnership PhD Program

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Undertake interdisciplinary, postgraduate research for a PhD degree at Australia's top life science laboratories. Successful students will receive generous scholarships and travel grants while undertaking their PhD at an EMBL Australia laboratory in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra or Adelaide.
  OIST International PhD Program

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The OIST Graduate University offers an individualized PhD program providing a secure foundation in the fundamentals of your field, with unparalleled opportunities for cross-disciplinary research.
  Our Mission: to Educate, Nurture and Discover for the benefit of Human Health

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Our ultimate purpose is to work in service of patients. RCSI was founded by Royal Charter on 11th February 1784, to set and support professional standards for surgical training and practice in Ireland.
  PhD in Engineering - Bioactive hydrogels for stem cell engineering
  Prof M Salmeron-Sanchez, Prof M Dalby, Prof A Miller
Application Deadline: 29 February 2020

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Cells need three dimensional environments to grow and to differentiate, and thus efforts have been made to engineer materials that can display adhesion ligands, growth factors and that have controlled properties.
  PhD: Molecular mechanisms of chronic pain
  Dr P McHugh
Application Deadline: 31 March 2020

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Chronic pain (CP) is a major cause of long term disability. Through a previous RNA seq analysis of human pain patients and animal models of neuropathic pain, we have identified several key pathways and molecules that could be important in disease process.
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