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China Scholarship Council - Structural and membrane biology of polarized trafficking


Project Description

The School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee, joint with the China Scholarship Council (CSC), is proud to be able to offer a scholarship programme for postgraduate research students. The scholarship covers all tuition fees and research fees and provides living expenses and one return flight ticket to successful candidates. There are up to 5 scholarships of 4 years duration available.

Project Description

Membranes and their protein organization are a frontier in our understanding of cell biology. We focus on polarized trafficking as a model to uncover fundamental mechanisms in the organization of structures at membranes. We aim to understand the role of protein complexes including the exocyst. This project seeks to answer mechanistic questions regarding 1) the regulation of protein structural mechanics in polarized trafficking, 2) and the consequences of signaling on this pathway and its organization. Because signaling in polarized trafficking is directly related to both human development and disease, we position our research for the broadest impact.

We take a reconstitution and synthetic biology approach in combination with the powerful tools available for light and cryo-electron microscopy. This strategy will require combining recombinant protein techniques and biophysical membrane methods with experimental cell biology. We take aim at using structural biology to resolve protein structure on membranes. Our philosophy is to address these questions of challenging biology using quantitative methods in a hypothesis-driven approach.
We are excited to introduce this interdisciplinary research to a highly motivated and ambitious student. The student will be expected to have exemplary communication skills and an ability to collaborate. Experience in protein biochemistry is a strong advantage but not necessary. The student will emerge a master in state-of-the-art membrane and protein approaches. Interested students are welcome to contact me. For more information on work in the Murray lab please see: https://sites.dundee.ac.uk/david-murray-lab/

Funding Notes

In order to be eligible for these awards applicants must:

Be a Chinese national
Meet the requirements of the CSC – please see their website
Hold an unconditional offer to study for a PhD at the University of Dundee and meet our English language requirements
Have completed bachelors or masters degree before the agreed start of PhD study.

How good is research at University of Dundee in Biological Sciences?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 73.20

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