Plasma cells are the antibody producing cells of the immune system so are vital for fighting infection. Plasma cells secrete hundreds of millions of antibody molecules per day and this is achieved by a dramatic upregulation of their biosynthetic pathway. However, the molecular and mechanistic details of this process are poorly understood.
This PhD project will focus on identifying and characterising novel genes involved in antibody secretion using a combination of comparative transcriptomics, proteomics and functional genomics. Genes identified using these methods will have their role in antibody secretion determined using CRISPR/Cas9 based strategies.
This project will not only increase our understanding of the secretory pathway but also identify novel targets which may be useful for modulating plasma cell function.
The PhD candidate will be trained in a range of techniques including primary cell culture, advanced imaging, proteomics and CRISPR/Cas9 screening.
Science Graduate School
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