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  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.
  (EPSRC DTP) Explainable AI for Multimodal Data Integration in Biomedical Applications
  Dr C Yau, Dr D Wong
Application Deadline: 30 April 2020

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State-of-the-art black box AI algorithms have revolutionised our ability to construct algorithms for use with complex data sets.
  Precision Medicine DTP - Large-Scale Data-Driven Lung Cancer Diagnostics using Time-Resolved Fluorescence Spectroscopy (TRFS)
  Dr S Seth, Dr KD Dhaliwal, Dr M Khadem
Application Deadline: 6 April 2020

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Background. Pulmonary nodules are common, often incidental, findings on chest CT scans. The investigation of pulmonary nodules is, however, time-consuming and often leads to protracted follow-up with ongoing radiological surveillance.
  Taking control of cancer-associated splicing switches
  Dr K Hamill
Applications accepted all year round

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In cancer, numerous changes to protein expression occur. Some of these are the result of changes to gene transcription or mRNA degradation rates, however, it has increasingly apparent that changes to alternative splicing profile are a key driver of cancer progression.
  Characterization and functional analysis of a novel cancer-associated gene
  Dr JP de Magalhaes
Applications accepted all year round

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This opportunity will remain open until the position has been filled. In order to identify new candidate cancer-related genes, our lab developed a bioinformatics “guilt-by-association” method to identify and rank genes that are co-expressed with known cancer-related genes.
  Targeting ageing: Genes and compounds with pro-longevity, health-preserving effects
  Dr JP de Magalhaes
Applications accepted all year round

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Ageing is arguably the major biomedical challenge of the 21st century. In model organisms, the process of ageing can be manipulated by both genetic manipulations and dietary interventions.
  Improving lipid analysis via surface mass spectrometry and imaging approaches to address challenges in brain cancer heterogeneity
  Dr R Griffiths, Dr D Scurr
Applications accepted all year round

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The University of Nottingham has a long-standing reputation for world-class research. The School of Pharmacy is ranked 8th in the world (2019 QS World Rankings) for pharmacy and pharmacology and was recently awarded an Athena Swan Silver award.
  Analysis of the role of Hypoxia Inducibe Factor pathway in radioprotection
  Dr F Van Eeden
Applications accepted all year round

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Hypoxia inducible factor (HIF) is highly important in human health and disease, as is testified by the 2019 Nobel prize for Medicine or Physiology.
  Characterisation of the role of the adhesion protein tensin 3 in breast cancer progression
  Dr E Rainero
Applications accepted all year round

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Breast cancer arises from the transformation of mammary epithelial cells. In the healthy tissue, these grow as a single monolayer of cells delimiting an internal hollow lumen 2.
  Investigating the mechanobiological mechanisms of cancer
  Dr K Erdmann
Applications accepted all year round

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Cancer is the second-leading cause for death globally and there is a high demand for novel approaches to understand and treat cancer.
  Investigating the role of the protease ADAMTS5 in ovarian cancer
  Dr E Rainero
Applications accepted all year round

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Ovarian cancer is the most lethal gynaecological malignancy. Mostly because of late stage diagnosis, the 5-year survival rate is.
  Understanding the role of DRAM in infection and autophagy-related disease
  Dr J King, Dr P Elks
Applications accepted all year round

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Intracellular degradation by lysosomes is important in a wide range of diseases. The capture and degradation of cytoplasmic components by autophagy allows tumour cells to survive starvation and neurons to remove the protein aggregates associated with neurodegeneration.
  Watching cancer metastasise live and investigating the underlying mechanisms
  Dr K Campbell, Dr M J P Simons
Applications accepted all year round

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Cancer metastasis accounts for around 90% of cancer deaths. While the survival rate has been improved over the years through early diagnosis, limited progress has been made in the targeting of metastasis.
  Exploring the role of OGG1 in fibroblast senescence
  Dr D Lambert, Prof T Helleday
Applications accepted all year round

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Fibroblasts are the major cell type of connective tissue. They play a critical role in maintaining the extracellular matrix, the ‘glue’ in which most cells reside, and maintaining normal function of other types of cells such as epithelial and immune cells.
  Factors influencing successful implementation of advanced nursing practice roles in oncology: a qualitative inquiry.
  Prof A Tod, Dr R King
Applications accepted all year round

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This PhD provides a unique opportunity for a student to conduct an in-depth qualitative study exploring factors influencing the successful implementation of Advanced Nursing Practice (ANP) roles in an oncology setting.
  Four Year PhDs in Cancer, Immunology and Biomedicine

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The Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton has a strong reputation in research, enterprise and education, with an emphasis on translating new discoveries from basic science into clinical innovation.
  How do fat cells cause muscle wasting in cancer?
  Prof G Gould, Dr M Cunningham
Application Deadline: 14 April 2020

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This project is one of 16 four year PhD Studentships funded by Medical Research Scotland (https://www.medicalresearchscotland.org.uk) to be delivered jointly by the named University and External Partner Organisation (EPO).
  Decoding the role of Long Non-coding RNAs as drivers and biomarkers of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma progression
  Prof G Inman
Application Deadline: 17 April 2020

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Cutaneous Squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC) is one of the commonest malignancies in the western world with incident rates increasing year on year.
  Peer led storytelling intervention for individuals with cancer
  Dr A Soundy
Applications accepted all year round

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The most recent developments in my research is the establishment and benefits of story telling for people with cancer. We have developed an intervention training package for health care professionals that needs testing.
  Adhesion Pathways in Extracellular Matrix Organisation
  Prof J Adams
Applications accepted all year round

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The extracellular matrix (ECM) provides structural and mechanical support to tissues and modulates cell phenotype and behaviour in health and disease.
  Comparative studies of wound and cancer inflammation in plants and animals
  Prof P B Martin
Applications accepted all year round

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All organisms need to be able to repair wounds. A key aspect of this is combating the potential for infection when barrier layers are breached by tissue damage.
  Cytoskeletal dynamics and intracellular trafficking in angiogenesis
  Prof H Mellor
Applications accepted all year round

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Angiogenesis is the fundamental physiological process by which new blood vessels are generated from pre-existing vasculature.
  Oncogenic reprogramming of immune cells, a novel mechanism of drug-resistance.
  Dr P Laslo
Applications accepted all year round

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Under pathogenic challenges, cells of the innate system become epigenetically reprogrammed and establish immune memory.
  Academic Endocrine Unit: investigating the molecular basis of endocrine and metabolic disorders that principally affect calcium and phosphate homeostasis.
  Prof R Thakker, Dr K Lines, Dr M Stevenson, Dr K Kooblall
Application Deadline: 24 July 2020

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Other Potential Supervisors. Dr Asha Bayliss. The Academic Endocrine Unit investigates the molecular basis of endocrine and metabolic disorders that principally affect calcium and phosphate homeostasis.
  Chromatin remodelling in health and disease
  Dr R Gibbons, Prof D Higgs
Application Deadline: 24 July 2020

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It has become apparent that the regulation of chromatin structure is of paramount importance in a wide variety of fundamental nuclear processes including gene expression, DNA replication, repair and recombination.
  Identification of key determinants affecting the quality of human Cancer specific cytotoxic T cells
  Prof T Dong
Application Deadline: 24 July 2020

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The main objective of my group’s research is to focus on the functional aspects of the antigen specific T cells and study the factors affecting Cytotoxic T cells in controlling cancer development.
  Integrative Computational Biology and Machine Learning
  Dr A Sahakyan
Application Deadline: 24 July 2020

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In Sahakyan Group, we strive to make computational biology maximally independent from empirical experimental data, by basing our models and predictions on genomic sequences and core biological mechanisms.
  Modelling stem cell fate and alterations due to mutations
  Dr E Morrissey
Application Deadline: 24 July 2020

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The group uses a combination of deep learning, stochastic models and Bayesian modelling to study questions relating to stem cell fate dynamics and how mutations in stem cells alter their normal behaviour, become fixed and accumulate in the tissue eventually leading to cancer.
  Normal and Leukaemic Blood Stem/Progenitor Cell Biology
  Prof P Vyas, Prof A Mead
Application Deadline: 24 July 2020

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Our laboratory studies the mechanisms regulating normal blood stem and progenitor cell differentiation and how these are perturbed in blood cancers such as Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) and Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS).
  Single Cell Biology of Hematopoietic Stem- and Progenitor Cells in Blood Cancer and Ageing
  Prof Claus Nerlov, Prof P Vyas
Application Deadline: 24 July 2020

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The focus of the Nerlov laboratory is to use single cell genomics and functional analysis, combined with advanced mouse genetics, to study the function of hematopoietic stem– and progenitor cells in normal development and during ageing.
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