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Mapping the dynamics and regulation of the skin cell cytoskeleton during ageing

Department of Biosciences

Dr T Hawkins , Prof B Obara , Dr A Maatta , Dr A Benham Friday, January 22, 2021 Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
Durham United Kingdom Biochemistry

About the Project

Cytoskeletal changes are associated with skin fibroblast ageing and responses to chemical and mechanical stress. In this multi disciplinary project, we will use state of the art bioimaging technologies, including super resolution microscopy and bespoke analytical tools, to define the spatial and temporal organisation and dynamics of the fibroblast cytoskeleton during ageing. We will generate age-related network signatures through bioimage informatics to obtain maps for early ageing that can be investigated with various compounds. You will receive training in advanced imaging techniques, advanced computational analysis of microscope images, cell culture methods and the latest proteomic technologies. The project stems from a collaboration between cell biologists at Durham University and data scientists at Newcastle University, working together to deliver novel discoveries in the Biosciences. The project is also in collaboration with our international industrial partner Procter & Gamble, who will provide training during a placement at the P&G central labs in the USA.

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Funding Notes

CASE studentships are funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) for 4 years. Funding will cover tuition fees at the UK rate only, a Research Training and Support Grant (RTSG) and stipend. We aim to support the most outstanding applicants from outside the UK and are able to offer a limited number of bursaries that will enable full studentships to be awarded to international applicants. These full studentships will only be awarded to exceptional quality candidates, due to the competitive nature of this scheme.

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