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Human tissue-resident immunity to intestinal fungi: role in inflammatory bowel disease

Project Description

Applications are invited for a Bart’s Charity-funded PhD studentship in the lab of Dr Neil McCarthy, which investigates how tissue-resident γδ T-cells protect the human gut against microbial infection in health and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). In particular, this project will test how fungal pathobionts influence mucosal immunity, promote gut inflammation, and impact on patient treatment / clinical outcomes.

The successful candidate will be based in a vibrant and supportive research environment within the Centre for Immunobiology at the Blizard Institute (part of Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry at QMUL). Here, the student will have access to state-of-the-art laboratories and cutting-edge core facilities to support their project (Flow Cytometry, Advanced Imaging, Genome Centre etc). Applicants will be enthusiastic and ambitious graduates who have or expect to receive a 1st or 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in Immunology, Biomedical Science, Microbiology or closely related area. Preference will be given to candidates with practical laboratory experience and a strong understanding of immunology, as well as excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills. This project is part of an ongoing collaboration between lab-based scientists and clinicians, and will therefore particularly suit individuals with a keen interest in translational research.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Neil McCarthy (). ’Please click on the ’Visit Website’ button below to register your details and apply online.’

Funding Notes

This 3 year studentship is fully funded by Bart’s Charity and will commence on/before 16th September 2019 (starting date flexible). The student will receive a minimum tax-free stipend of £22,278 per annum (BHF equivalent rates) and home UK/EU fees for 3 years are included. This studentship is open to UK citizens or those resident in the UK for 3 years or more.


References will be obtained following interview of shortlisted candidates.

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