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  The role of sexual selection in the evolution of sex-biased gene expression
  Dr S Flanagan
Application Deadline: 1 February 2020

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The Flanagan Lab at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, is seeking outstanding applicants for a fully-funded PhD position to study sexual selection and transcriptomics.
  Inhibition of PRMT5 as a cancer therapy
  Dr K. Sheppard
Applications accepted all year round

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Targeted therapy has had profound impact on outcomes for cancer patients.
  Bioinformatics studies of protein structures, functions and their interactions
  Dr L J McGuffin
Applications accepted all year round

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The computational study of protein structures, functions and their interactions is fundamental to our understanding of disease.
  How does amino acid metabolism affect tumour growth?
  Dr L. Cheng
Applications accepted all year round

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The effect of diet on tumour growth is hotly debated but poorly characterized. Due to the heterogeneous nature of the tumours, dietary studies in patients with varied genetic background often led to inconclusive outcome.
  RNA Methylation in normal and malignant blood development
  Dr L. Kats
Applications accepted all year round

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As is the case with DNA and histones, RNA can also be modified and indeed more than 100 chemical groups that decorate all four canonical RNA nucleotides have been described.
  Watching the Hippo pathway in real time in growing organs
  Dr K. Harvey
Applications accepted all year round

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A new frontier in biomedical research will involve watching individual proteins work in real time, in living organs. Traditionally, researchers have drawn conclusions about gene function using indirect techniques that only allow us to infer what a gene normally does, without actually watching it work.
  Developing GWAS approaches to decipher the drivers of Bordetella pertussis adaptation during re-emergence
  Dr A Preston
Application Deadline: 8 March 2020

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Genome rearrangement, the reordering of genes along the chromosome, is widespread among bacteria. It is thought to affect bacterial phenotype (behaviour) and contribute to their evolution and adaptation.
  Genetic mechanisms of chronic kidney disease
  Prof M Tomaszewski, Prof A Woolf
Applications accepted all year round

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Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is one of the most common complex disorders. The prevalence of CKD is on the rise in all populations around the globe and both the clinical and economic pressures of CKD on the healthcare systems increase exponentially.
  A PhD applying machine learning techniques to Next Generation Sequencing Big Data to improve Prostate Cancer patient outcome. (BrewerD-CooperCU19SF)
  Dr D Brewer, Prof C Cooper
Application Deadline: 31 May 2020

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Prostate cancer (PCa) is the second most common cancer in men worldwide and an estimated 307,000 men annually die from PCa worldwide.
  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).
  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).
  Patient experience of the Mesothelioma Stratified Therapy Trial (MiST): a qualitative study
  Prof A Tod, Dr B Taylor
Applications accepted all year round

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This PhD provides a unique opportunity for a student to conduct a qualitative patient experience health services research study within a complex stratified clinical trial for people with malignant mesothelioma (MM), the Mesothelioma Stratified Therapy Trial (MiST).
  Cellular cross-talk at the perivascular niche and the blood brain barrier
  Prof B Hogan
Applications accepted all year round

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Much research on vasculature has focussed on the endothelial cells that line functional vessels, however the milieu of cells that surround vessels (mural cells) play important and under-appreciated roles in homeostasis and disease.
  Testing the function of immune suppressive cytokines and cells in bone metastasis
  Assoc Prof B Parker
Applications accepted all year round

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Bone metastasis is a common occurrence in breast and prostate cancer that leads to patient morbidity and, in many cases, mortality.
  The Hippo pathway and Yap1 in vascular growth control in development and disease
  Prof B Hogan, Dr A. Cox
Applications accepted all year round

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Lymphatic vessels play roles in the drainage of tissue fluid, trafficking of immune cells and the metastatic spread of cancer.
  Investigation of a probiotic strain of Lactobacillus plantarum 2025 and the development of novel antibacterials
  Prof A Karlyshev
Applications accepted all year round

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Background. The rise of multidrug resistant forms of microbial pathogens imposes a serious problem to public health worldwide. The rapid spread of antimicrobial resistance is associated with misuse of conventional antibiotics.
  Epigenetics and Cancer: Determining how Mistakes in V(D)J Recombination Trigger Leukaemias and Lymphomas
  Research Group: School of Molecular and Cellular Biology
  Dr J Boyes
Application Deadline: 1 April 2020

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V(D)J recombination is essential to produce an effective adaptive immune system but since the reaction involves the breakage and rejoining of DNA, it is highly dangerous and errors have long been thought to lead to leukaemias and lymphomas.
  Genetic Architecture of Inherited Cardiomyopathy
  Prof M Farrall, Dr AG Goel, Prof H Watkins
Application Deadline: 24 July 2020

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Studying genetic variation in cardiomyopathy and coronary artery disease across the entire allele frequency spectrum in order to identify causative genes and susceptibility loci.
  Characterisation of in vitro models of human salivary glands and their use in functional studies
  Dr L Bingle, Prof C Bingle
Applications accepted all year round

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Saliva is produced by three pairs of major salivary glands and multiple minor glands in the lips, associated with the tongue and also with the palate.
  A multiple modality approach for targeting treatment-resistant ovarian cancer
  Dr E. Sanij, Prof R. Pearson
Applications accepted all year round

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High-grade serous ovarian cancer (HGSOC) accounts for 70% of ovarian cancer (OvCa) deaths and its five-year survival rate is 43%.
  Analytic methods for detecting and making sense of somatic genomic rearrangements
  Prof A Papenfuss
Applications accepted all year round

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Bioinformatics is the application of mathematics, statistics and computational methods to the analysis of molecular biology data.
  Clinical cancer bioinformatics: developing new bioinformatics methods for improved analysis of cancer gene hybridisation capture panels
  Prof A Papenfuss
Applications accepted all year round

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Bioinformatics is the application of mathematics, statistics and computational methods to the analysis of molecular biology data.
  Computational simulation of tumour formation and progression
  Dr D. Goode
Applications accepted all year round

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Tumours comprise a complex mix of related but distinct cellular subpopulations that both compete and complement one another. These dynamics strongly influence how and when a tumour forms as well as its response to therapy, however there are hard to observe directly.
  Genomic determinants of long-term survival in ovarian cancer
  Research Group: Cancer Genetics & Genomics Laboratory
  Prof D. Bowtell, Dr D Garsed
Applications accepted all year round

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High-grade serous ovarian cancer is an aggressive disease in which only ~30% of women survive 5 years or more. Despite a poor prognosis, a subset of patients are highly responsive to chemotherapy, and some become long-term survivors (>10 years survival).
  mRNA translation reprogramming and metabolic re-wiring in response to ribosome-targeted therapies
  Prof R. Pearson, Dr J Kang
Applications accepted all year round

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Increased synthesis and activity of ribosomes are associated with oncogenesis downstream of the major oncogenes including MYC, RAS and PI3K.
  Role of the tumour microenvironment in gastric cancer
  Dr A. Boussioutas, Dr R. Busuttil
Applications accepted all year round

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Gastric cancer (GC) is the fourth most common cancer globally and 7th in incidence in Australia. It has a poor survival rate which can be attributed to the advanced stage at diagnosis in most patients.
  Targeting IDH mutations in acute myeloid leukaemia
  Dr L. Kats
Applications accepted all year round

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Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) is an aggressive disease with poor prognosis and development of novel treatment options is urgently needed.
  The role of oesophageal submucosal glands in epithelial homeostasis and the development of Barrett’s oesophagus
  Research Group: Cancer Biology & Surgical Oncology Laboratory
  Prof W. Phillips, Dr N. Clemons
Applications accepted all year round

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Barrett’s oesophagus, the premalignant precursor of oesophageal adenocarcinoma, is a metaplastic condition where the normal stratified squamous epithelium that lines the oesophagus is replaced by an intestinal-like columnar epithelium.
  The role of the breast microenvironment in suppressing early cancer invasion
  Assoc Prof B Parker, Dr D Zanker
Applications accepted all year round

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Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is a pre-invasive stage of breast cancer, whereby the tumour cells remain restrained by myoepithelial cells that surround breast ducts.
  Therapy-induced senescence and stemness in ovarian cancer
  Prof R. Pearson, Dr K Chan
Applications accepted all year round

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Cellular senescence is a stress response characterized by a robust cell cycle arrest and is a brake for malignant transformation.
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