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Genetic and environmental factors conferring susceptibility to adverse respiratory impacts of air pollution (T2/15)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Thursday, December 05, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

The impacts of air pollution are well recognised in terms of increased mortality but there is much less evidence available in terms of morbidity and potential modifying factors and surprisingly few studies on the impact on the lung.

This study will examine the impacts of genetic, dietary and lifestyle factors that modify the known adverse impacts of air pollution on lung function using the large UK Biobank dataset. It will consider gene*environment interactions and also involve Mendelian randomisation analyses for further explore specific questions e.g. on role of diet in protecting against adverse effects of air pollution exposure.

The study will provide a comprehensive assessment of factors that may help protect against adverse effects of air pollution on the lung, with particular focus on impact on deprivation and ethnicity. Findings will help inform potential for interventions such as improved diet in communities exposed to high air pollution.

Entry Requirements

UK Bachelor Degree with at least 2:1 in a relevant subject or overseas equivalent.

University of Leicester English language requirements apply.

This project is available for UK/EU/International students.

How to Apply

Application advice and application link:

https://le.ac.uk/study/research-degrees/funded-opportunities/wellcome-trust-2020

Funding Notes

This project is funded by the Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Programme.

Stipend for the PhD: Year 1 £19,919; Year 2 £21,542; Year 3 £23,298; Year 4 £23,997 (rates as of September 2019).

4 year PhD fee waiver at UK/EU rates.

International applicants need to ensure they can fund the difference between UK/EU and international fees for the duration of their studies.

We also will offer 2 fully funded places to international applicants from Lower-middle income countries per year. These will provide a full overseas fee waiver and stipend for 4 years.

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