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Fully funded MSc by Research in Biology: Understanding heterogeneity in systemic lupus erythematosus to improve care

   Department of Biology

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About the Project

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is characterised by widespread inflammation and tissue damage and is incurable with few treatment options. The disease is estimated to affect approximately 5 million people globally. Patients have significant unmet clinical needs, due to the heterogeneous and dynamic nature of the biological and clinical presentation of the condition. Several attempts have been made to subtype patients, but with limited success. To our knowledge, no study has yet combined a matrix of biological, clinical and patient-reported quality-of-life factors together for multifactorial stratification or validated its impact in streamlining clinical care. This project offers a unique collaboration between the health tech consultancy, VISFO, and the University of York to develop support applications for both healthcare professionals (HCPs) and SLE patients, relating this directly to the investigation of biological samples. The student would therefore work with data scientists to analyse large clinical datasets, work on a patient-focussed decision support application, and generate biological data from human samples in the lab.

The Department of Biology at the University of York is committed to recruiting extraordinary future scientists regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation or career pathway to date. We understand that commitment and excellence can be shown in many ways and have built our recruitment process to reflect this. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, particularly those underrepresented in science, who have curiosity, creativity and a drive to learn new skills.

Entry Requirements: Students with, or expecting to gain, at least an upper second class honours degree, or equivalent, are invited to apply.

Programme: MSc by Research in Biology (1 year)

Start date: 1st October 2022

Funding Notes

The Masters by Research is fully funded via a collaboration between University of York and our industrial partner VISFO and covers (i) a 12 month tax-free stipend at the standard UKRI rate (ii) £6,000 research costs, and (iii) tuition fees at the UK rate.

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