Fully funded PhD studentships for October 2019
As part of ongoing investment into areas of research strength, Teesside University is pleased to offer a number of fully-funded PhD studentships to exceptional doctoral candidates to commence in October 2019. The School of Science, Engineering and Design invites applications for fully-funded full-time PhD studentships in the following research projects:
Biosciences Research Group https://research.tees.ac.uk/en/organisations/biosciences-research-group
Project ID Project title
RDS19-SSEB Deciphering the potential interplay between matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and the Mucin 4 (MUC 4) in glioblastoma molecular mechanisms and diagnostics
Glioblastomas (GBM) are amongst the most aggressive types of brain tumours and one of the most lethal human cancers. Effective therapies and precise prognostic and diagnostic biomarkers for GBMs are currently limited. Mucins are highly glycosylated proteins and the mucin overexpression has been reported in different types of cancers. Preliminary studies indicated that mucin 4 (MUC 4) plays a pivotal role in glioblastoma cell proliferation and invasion. However, the specific role of MUC4 as a biomarker and its mechanism of action in this type of cancer has not yet been elucidated. The first part of this project will investigate the potential of MUC4 as a cancer biomarker in GBM patients. The second part of the project will examine the interplay of MUC4 with extracellular matrix proteolytic enzymes (MMPs) that regulate cancer progression using glioma cell lines and the interaction with other crucial cancer-related pathways.
Supervisor: Dr Panagiota Filippou https://research.tees.ac.uk/en/persons/panagiota-filippou-philippou
Applicants should use the link provided against the project area to the Research Centres and Research Groups identified and to the named supervisors for each project, to ensure that their application and proposal fits with the studentship offered.
The studentship will cover tuition fees and provide an annual tax-free stipend of £15,000 for three years, subject to satisfactory progress. Applications are welcome from strong UK and International students.
Applicants should hold or expect to obtain a good honours degree (2:1 or above) and/or Masters level qualification in a relevant discipline, as well as a demonstrable understanding of the area; further details of the expected background may appear in the specific project details. International students would be subject to the standard entry criteria relating to English language ability, ATAS clearance and, when relevant, Tier 4 procedures.
How to Apply
Applicants should apply online for this opportunity. Please use the Full Time Funded PhD online application form. When asked to specify funding select “other” and enter the relevant studentship code given against the project that you applying for in the field required. You should also ensure that you add the studentship code as well as the title of the project on the proposal that you will need to upload when applying. If you would like to apply for more than one project, you will need to complete a further application form and specify the relevant title and code for each application to a topic or project. Please note that applications for funded studentships that do not quote the studentship title AND the Project ID on the proposal will be invalid and your application may not be considered for the appropriate funding.
For academic enquiries, please contact the relevant supervisor or staff in the research area directly. For administrative enquiries, contact [email protected]
Research at Teesside
As a Teesside University research student, you will join a growing and dynamic research community, allowing you to share your experiences, insight and inspiration with fellow researchers. You will benefit from our academic expertise, and be supported through a strong programme of research training. You will be offered opportunities and support at each stage of your research degree. Our research is designed to have impact, and to influence policy and practice within our region, the UK and beyond. We work with external organisations to anticipate and respond to research needs, and to put our research into practice in sectors as diverse as the arts, engineering, healthcare and computing. PhD students are encouraged to work with their supervisors to explore the potential impact of their work.
The successful candidate will be expected to participate fully in research group and centre activities, including training sessions and workshops, and will become a member of the University’s wider postgraduate research community. Mentoring and support will be provided for the development of a strong academic and professional CV during the PhD.
Closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 29 April 2019
We envisage that interviews will take place in May 2019
Successful applicants will be expected to start on 7th October 2019