My group is interested in how uric acid controls major intracellular metabolic signalling pathways (mTOR, AMPK) in order to understand the onset of diabetes mellitus, hypertension and cancer. Uric acid transporters and especially GLUT9 are emerging as major players for ‘cellular uric acid homeostasis’ in many tissues controlling cellular redox and energy homeostasis and ultimately cell fate and survival. Students who are interested in the topic and keen to meet a challenge to perform state of the art research are encouraged to apply.
Applications to undertake a PhD in Physiology are welcome at any time. Candidates can be of any nationality and must have attained an excellent degree (MSc with significant research component or a 4 years of Bachelors with Honours degree) in biomedical science or a closely-related subject.
1. Applicants are encouraged to first contact the supervisor(s) by email with the following details: o Your name and country of citizenship o Your CV o Certified academic transcript (and, if applicable, an explanation of the content) o Certified evidence of English language proficiency (eg IELTS or TOEFL results) o The names of two referees 2. If your application is to be considered, the supervisor will contact you to discuss the next steps, and our Departmental Administrator will check that your documents are complete. 3. Funding: The PhD project will be funded by the University of Otago doctoral scholarship (tuition fees and a tax-free personal allowance of NZD$27,000 pa for 36 month). Successful candidates are expected to apply and be awarded a scholarship.