Skeletal muscle is important for health maintenance as well as athletic performance. Understanding how skeletal muscle sex differences can impact function will allow us to create more specific interventions such as training programmes.
Our project aims to contribute towards understanding skeletal muscle sex differences and how these differences are affected during gender transition. This research is important as it will inform fairness, inclusion, and non-discrimination on the basis of gender identity in competitive sport.
This research will examine skeletal muscle collected from male and female participants. Additionally, we will use hormonal treatments in cellular models of skeletal muscle to examine functional and mechanistic differences between the sexes and how these differ during gender transition.
You will be part of a team alongside, supervisors: Dr Hannah Fox Dugdale (a lecturer in Molecular and Cellular Physiology at LU with 10 years of experience researching skeletal muscle physiology specialising in models of dysfunction) and Dr Andrew Capel (is a Lecturer in bioengineering at LU, specialising in models of exercise, injury, and regeneration within multi-cellular bioengineered tissues).
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Primary supervisor: Dr Hannah Fox Dugdale
Secondary supervisor: Dr Andrew Capel
Entry requirements for United Kingdom
Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in sports science/ bioscience or a related subject. A relevant master’s degree will be an advantage. Experience of working in an area of skeletal muscle biology and/ or cell culture is desirable.
English language requirements
Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.
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How to apply
All applications should be made online. Under programme name, select School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences. Please quote the advertised reference number: SSEHS/HFD in your application.
To avoid delays in processing your application, please ensure that you submit the minimum supporting documents.