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Origins and fate of clonal expansions of cancer driver in human colon

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, November 15, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

The non-transformed colonic epithelium acquires significant mutational burden with age, including many cancer drivers. For different mutations the extent of such burden is dictated by discrete stages of de novo mutation rate, stem cell replacement processes within glands and lateral clonal expansions of individual glands. The impact of each step has only recently been benchmarked in normal colon by quantifying the size and frequency of clones containing neutral mutations that have been visualised in situ. Biases in both stem cell replacement and lateral expansions can result in significant over representation of somatic variants to an extent that has not been appreciated hitherto. The project will involve: visualising somatic variants with a particular focus on cancer driver events associated with human colorectal cancer; performing detailed quantitative and functional characterisation to rank and compare different driver events and understanding how such expansions contribute to the development of neoplastic disease.

Preferred skills/knowledge
Applicants should have, or expect to obtain, an undergraduate degree at honours level or equivalent in biomedical sciences with a strong component of molecular biology. At least six months of lab based experience is required.

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Funding Notes

This project is funded by a Cancer Research UK studentship that includes full funding for University and College fees and a stipend of £19,000 per annum. The study start date will be October 2020 (Michaelmas term 2020).

No nationality restrictions apply to Cancer Research UK funded studentships. Applications are invited from recent graduates or final year undergraduates who hold or expect to gain a first/upper second class degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject from any recognised university worldwide.

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