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Elucidating the missing heritability in inherited optic neuropathies

Department of Clinical Neurosciences

Thursday, December 03, 2020 Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

I am an academic neuro-ophthalmologist with a major research interest in mitochondrial genetics and inherited eye diseases. My research group is focused on new gene discovery and we are using a multipronged approach to dissect the disease pathways contributing to progressive neuronal loss and blindness, including zebrafish models and patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells.
I coordinate a specialist clinical service for patients with mitochondrial eye diseases in Cambridge and London. Over the past 20 years, we have established a national cohort of patients with inherited optic neuropathies, and we are using this unique resource for deep phenotyping, biomarker profiling and to push forward with an active translational research programme, including gene therapy.

I have long-standing collaborations with other principal investigators in the Cambridge Centre for Brain Repair, the Cambridge MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology in London. This extensive research network will provide the student with access to a wide source of expertise, tailored supervision and the opportunity to develop a broad skill set as the project evolves.

Funding Notes

Funding deadline is 3rd December 2020 for start in October 2021. When applying indicate on the application the funding options (GATES USA *deadline 14/10/20*, Gates Cambridge or other Cambridge Funders). Home/EU and International applications are all considered for funding.



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