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DTC BIO 13 - Can diet influence natural UV protection?

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Over the past two decades the zebrafish (Danio rerio) has become an important human model in the fields of genetics, toxicology and developmental biology to study a range of human diseases. One of the most common foods for zebrafish larvae are rotifers, which feed on algae some of which are known to contain ‘sunscreen’ compounds: mycosporine-like amino acids (MAAs). This project aims to research whether a diet rich in MAAs can transfer and enhance UV protection in zebrafish.

Entry requirements

Candidates must have a minimum of an upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, or an appropriate Master’s degree (with Merit). Informal enquiries are welcome by emailing the project supervisor.

For candidates whose first language is not English, we require IELTS 6.5 (with 6.0 in each component) or equivalent. Please visit our website for a list of acceptable English language tests. We prefer candidates to have already met the English Language requirements at the point of application, although this is not a requirement.

How to apply

Visit our webpage for details - http://www.swansea.ac.uk/science/research/dtc/biosciences-projects-2018-19/

Please include the project ID and title in your email subject header (eg. DTC BIO xxxxxx)

Funding Notes

Student Finance England have announced plans to offer student loans for PhD level courses from September 2018 for courses at any PhD awarding university (including Swansea University). Full details are still to be confirmed. Visit our website for updated information. – View Website

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