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Implications of Long Non-Coding RNAs in Hair Growth Control

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  • Full or part time
    Dr Natalia Botchkareva
    Dr Marta Bertolini
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Monasterium Laboratory (ML) is offering a fully-funded PhD studentship to work at our state-of-the-art laboratory in the beautiful city of Münster, Germany (

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic graduate to pursue a PhD in the investigation of the role of long non-coding RNA in human hair follicle.

The main aim of the studentship is to study epigenetic mechanisms involved in the control of human hair follicle growth and their clinical applications. Recent evidence suggest that hair follicle development and regeneration might be controlled at the different levels of epigenetic regulation, including the involvement of chromatin regulators and non-coding RNAs. This project will look at how selected long non-coding RNAs, impact human hair follicle homeostasis. This project will also explore how modulation of the individual long non-coding RNAs levels affects proliferation, differentiation and gene expression programmes in epithelial stem cells and their lineage-committed progenies during hair growth.

You will join a vibrant, multidisciplinary and international team that is embedded into a global network of academic collaborators, where continuing professional development and engagement is fostered. International travel to selected collaborating academic laboratories of ML is envisioned.

Applicants must have a minimum of a UK 2.1 degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate life sciences discipline. A relevant Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences would be an advantage.

Funding Notes

A fully-funded 4-year PhD studentship

Minimum UK 2.1 degree or equivalent
Excellent knowledge of English (Company language: English)
Good writing and reporting skills in English
Good knowledge of computer skills and Microsoft Office
Documented experience with cell and/or tissue culture-based laboratory techniques

Desired experience
Background in skin/hair follicle biology or dermatological research
Tissue processing, sectioning, and staining (histochemistry, immunohistology)
Basic molecular biology skills (qRT-PCR)

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