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Assess the contribution of common and rare short tandem repeats (STRs) to the risk of developing IPF (T1/1)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Thursday, December 05, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) affects around 50 people in every 100,000 in the UK and is amongst the most devastating of lung diseases, with a median survival time of 3 years and variable progression.

The common single nucleotide variant signals of association with risk of IPF reported to date only account for up to 19% of the phenotypic variance. Therefore, the analysis of other types of variation is pertinent. Short tandem repeats (STRs) are variable repeated regions of genomes that consist of a simple sequence motif 2-10bp in size tandemly repeated more than 5 times. STRs contribute extensively to gene expression variation in humans, explaining between 10-15% of the cis heritability mediated by all common variants.

This project will use whole genome sequences to call STR genotypes in large case-control cohorts, and test for association between STR genotype and disease. For this computational project the PhD student will gain training in handling large genomic datasets, calling complex variation, and a grounding in statistical genetics.

Entry Requirements

UK Bachelor Degree with at least 2:1 in a relevant subject or overseas equivalent.

University of Leicester English language requirements apply.

This project is available for UK/EU/International students.

How to Apply

Application advice and application link

Funding Notes

This project is funded by the Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Programme.

Stipend for the PhD: Year 1 £19,919; Year 2 £21,542; Year 3 £23,298; Year 4 £23,997 (rates as of September 2019).

4 year PhD fee waiver at UK/EU rates.

International applicants need to ensure they can fund the difference between UK/EU and international fees for the duration of their studies.

We also will offer 2 fully funded places to international applicants from Lower-middle income countries per year. These will provide a full overseas fee waiver and stipend for 4 years.

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