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  Biological role of neurooestrogens in behaviour
  Dr N Vasudevan
Applications accepted all year round

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Our laboratory primarily investigates animal behaviour through the lens of neuroendocrinology i.e. hormones. We are interested in non-classical ways in which hormones may act to regulate behaviours.
  EASTBIO: Functional genomics for understanding behaviour and learning in a single-celled brainless blob, the slime mould Physarum polycephalum
  Dr M Wenzel, Prof D Lusseau, Prof P Schaap
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Supervisors. Dr Marius Wenzel (University of Aberdeen). https://www.abdn.ac.uk/people/marius.wenzel. Professor David Lusseau (University of Aberdeen).
  How does serotonin affect sexual behaviour in fish?
  Dr D Joyce
Application Deadline: 29 January 2020

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There is a possible role for serotonin in the sand-castle building behaviour of cichlid fishes, behaviour carried out by males to attract females.
  The role of serotonin in crayfish anti-predatory behaviour and dominance
  Dr T Breithaupt
Application Deadline: 29 January 2020

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Serotonin is involved in anxiety-like behaviour as well as in dominance fights in crayfish. Anxiety-like behaviour can be elicited by a stressful experience such as exposure to chemical predation cues or intraspecific fight experience.
  Understanding the link between healthy ageing and social interaction
  Dr E Kevei, Dr N Vasudevan
Applications accepted all year round

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Healthy ageing is a priority for all countries since we are living longer than ever before. A number of studies show that social behaviours can prevent some detrimental aspects of aging such as dementia and memory loss.
  Genetic, transcriptomic and phenotypic analyses of cells of the blood vessel wall for understanding cardiovascular disease
  Prof S Ye
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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This studentship will align with the strategic priorities of the Leicester British Heart Foundation Accelerator Award. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of the main causes of death and disability in the UK and many other countries.
  EASTBIO: Live fast, die young: testing the mechanisms linking risk-taking behaviour to the rate of ageing in a wild bird.
  Dr P Bize, Prof K Spencer
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Supervisors. Dr Pierre Bize (University of Aberdeen). http://www.abdn.ac.uk/sbs/people/profiles/pierre.bize. Professor Karen Spencer (University of St.
  Reprogramming stomatal behaviour to reduce water use in crops
  Prof L Sweetlove, Prof R G Ratcliffe
Application Deadline: 24 January 2020

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Future food security will depend on developing crop plants that are as efficient as possible in their utilisation of finite resources such as water.
  Molecular and genetic mechanisms of brain structural plasticity and neurodegeneration in the fruit-fly Drosophila.
  Dr A Hidalgo
Applications accepted all year round

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The brain changes throughout life. brain plasticity enables the brain to adjust in response to experience, whereas during aging natural neurodegeneration takes over.
  Structural plasticity and regeneration in the Drosophila brain.
  Dr A Hidalgo
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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The brain is plastic. neurons and glia make adjustments in cell size and shape (dendrites, axons), in synapses, and in cell number, throughout life.
  Assessing convergence in models of ASD: Physiology and behaviour in 16p11.2 deletion rats
  Dr D J A Wyllie, Dr P Kind, Dr E Wood
Application Deadline: 12 January 2020

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Project Code. 2020-SIDB-11. The 16p11.2. microdeletion in humans which leads to the loss of expression of approximately 21 genes occurs with a prevalence of about 3 in 10,000 individuals and is one of the most common copy number variants that gives rise to intellectual disability (ID) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
  Discovering molecular genetic mechanisms of central nervous system regeneration
  Dr A Hidalgo
Applications accepted all year round

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Is it possible to promote regeneration of the central nervous system after injury, damage or disease? During normal development, neutrons and glia interact to coordinate the generations of neutrons and glia, and direct cell migration patterns, axonal navigation, dendritic arborisation and the emergence of neural circuits.
  How does the brain make decisions when faced with conflicting options?
  Dr C Rezaval
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Animals engage in daily activities that are essential for survival and reproduction, such as feeding, mating or fighting for resources.
  *EASTBIO* Can we predict supergenes? Testing the genetic basis of a colour polymorphism in an aposematic bug.
  Research Group: Centre for Biological Diversity
  Dr D Shuker
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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BBSRC Thematic Group. Frontier Bioscience. Understanding the genetic basis of traits remains central to understanding fundamental biological questions – such as how genetic variation maintained in populations – and to developing genetic interventions for beneficial or pest species.
  Behavioural, tomographic and biomechanical analysis of socially induced changes in body and brain structure in desert locusts
  Dr S Ott, Dr T Matheson, Prof J Pan
Application Deadline: 12 January 2020

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All animals can tailor their phenotype to the environmental conditions they experience during their lifetime. Such phenotypic plasticity typically entails concerted changes in morphology, physiology and behaviour.
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