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Lanthanide Circularly Polarized Luminescence Probes of DNA Structure

  • Full or part time
    Dr V Andrushchenko
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, February 23, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Circularly polarized luminescence (CPL) of lanthanides is sensitive to the local molecular environment, which can be used in biomolecular science. So far, however, only a few CPL applications in DNA studies have been reported. We will try to overcome some restraints of the methodology, such as by using a Raman optical activity (ROA) spectrometer to measure CPL spectra. This will make it possible to use lanthanide aqua-ions as non-invasive DNA probes in concentrations not distorting DNA structure. We expect to establish a connection between CPL and ROA spectral features and specifics of DNA structures.

How to apply

To apply for a PhD study at IOCB Prague, you must hold a Master’s degree (MSc) or the equivalent of the MSc in similar field (four or five year undergraduate degree). The application can be submitted before obtaining the Master’s degree, however, the applicant should obtain the degree within five months after the application deadline.

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Funding Notes

Regular monthly income of students at IOCB Prague varies depending on the faculty scholarship and supervisor's financial options.


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