Masters of Science (MSc) by Research: Developing an innovative patient-centred model of multiple myeloma for drug screening applications and mechanistic studies

   Department of Surgery

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  Dr A Hopkins, Prof Siobhan Glavey  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The broad aim of this project is to set up and validate an innovative, patient-centred model of multiple myeloma (MM) in which tumour cells are grafted onto the chick embryo chorioallantoic membrane. MM is an incurable blood cancer that is often diagnosed late and can progress fast. There are fewer research models and fewer targeted therapies for this kind of cancer than for many others, but an urgent need to develop both. This 2-year Masters of Research project, co-supervised by a blood cancer clinician-scientist and a basic science cancer researcher, will therefore aim to address an under-met need. The student will also collaborate with MM patients, a PhD student and the supervisors to create a patient-friendly booklet on MM research for wide dissemination to the public. The work completed in this project will equip the student for careers in education, research or industry; in addition to having generated a valuable long-term resource for the MM research community.

Mandatory Specifications:

Applicant should have an honours degree in a biological sciences subject, preferably cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, pharmacology or physiology. Enthusiasm, motivation, flexibility and determination are essential attributes for this position. The project will be carried out over a 2-year period in the RCSI Education & Research Centre, a modern inter-disciplinary facility on the campus of Beaumont Hospital in Dublin.

How do I apply?

To apply, please access the following link and complete the application form in full:

Please complete all fields below in order to apply for the above project with Dr. Hopkins and Prof. Glavey Ref: 5122 Project title: Developing an innovative patient-centred model of multiple myeloma for drug screening applications and mechanistic studies

-Unfortunately, we are unable to provide individual feedback to applicants.

-Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview. 

-At this stage only successful candidates will be contacted to submit, CV, transcripts and other relevant documentation.

- Only their referees will also be contacted at this stage for a reference.

Applications must include:

(i) a completed application form

(ii) English language requirements – see

Deadline: All applications must be made online by 31 August 2022 (GMT)

It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure the application form is completed in full on time. Late and/or incomplete applications will not normally be assessed. 

Further information on the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland can be found here: 

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