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  Genetic epidemiology of chronic cough

   Department of Population Health Sciences

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  Dr Catherine John, Prof M Tobin, Dr C Batini  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Nearly everyone will have had an annoying cough from time to time, but some people experience persistent, unexplained cough which may last weeks, months or years. This can be exhausting, debilitating and may lead to dizziness, muscle pain and even vomiting. It is thought that abnormalities of the nerves supplying the airways are involved, but the mechanisms are not fully understood. There are currently no effective drug treatments for chronic cough, leaving few options for people with the condition.

Studying genetic variation which increases the risk of chronic cough is one route to better understand the biological mechanisms involved and identify potential drug targets.

In this project, you will explore datasets and approaches for studying the genetics of chronic cough, and use bioinformatic methods to discover genes and pathways which may shed light on the development of chronic cough. You will be supported by supervisors with expertise in both the methods and datasets which underpin this project.

Entry Requirements

  • Entry requirements Candidates applying to the four-year PhD should hold or expect to hold an undergraduate degree or a Master's degree in a relevant subject or overseas equivalent
  • University of Leicester English language requirements apply


UK/ International* applicants may apply.

* International students please refer to the Funding section.

Enquiries to [Email Address Removed].

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Biological Sciences (4)

Funding Notes

Studentships funding:
Four Years Fees at UK rates
Wellcome Trust stipend for the four years of the PhD*
*PhD Stipend
Year 1 £22,976
Year 2 £23,523
Year 3 £24,070
Year 4 £24,617
International students awarded the UK tuition fee waiver/stipend studentship will need to provide evidence that they can pay the difference between UK fees and international fees for the duration of their studies.
The difference between UK and International Fees to be paid by International students will be £17,138 per year (2023/4 entry)
(UK Fee for 2023/4 is £4,712 per year. International Fee for 2023/4 is £21,850 per year)
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