About the Project
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia in clinical practice with particular high prevalence in aged populations. To understand the mechanisms underlying the development of AF is crucial for developing effective therapy for AF. As part of electrical remodeling, gap junction remodeling leading to electrical perturbation favours the recurrence or perpetuation of AF. However, the underlying signalling mechanism is largely unknown. Using tissue specific conditional knockout technique, we have established a number of atrium-specific knockout mouse models in which the components of the MAP kinases are specifically deleted in atrial cardiomyocytes. The aim of this project is to determine the role of MAP kinase signalling pathway in atria and in relation to atrial arrhythmogenesis. Novel mathematical models will be generated in this project as tools to determine the key aetiological factor in atrial fibrillation, and to identify molecular targets for the treatment of AF.
This project will provide a comprehensive training for a PhD student in a wealth of molecular and cellular approaches, in vivo cardiac functional study on genetically modified mice, electrophysiology and computational simulation methods.
Candidates are expected to hold (or be about to obtain) a minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in a related area/subject. Candidates with previous laboratory experience, particularly in cell culture and molecular biology, are particularly encouraged to apply.
How To Apply
For information on how to apply for this project, please visit the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health Doctoral Academy website (https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/study/research/apply/). Informal enquiries may be made directly to the primary supervisor. On the online application form select PhD Genetics
For international students, we also offer a unique 4 year PhD programme that gives you the opportunity to undertake an accredited Teaching Certificate whilst carrying out an independent research project across a range of biological, medical and health sciences.
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For international students we also offer a unique 4 year PhD programme that gives you the opportunity to undertake an accredited Teaching Certificate whilst carrying out an independent research project across a range of biological, medical and health sciences. For more information please visit www.internationalphd.manchester.ac.uk
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