About the Project
This PhD project will investigate the structure-activity relationship of small molecules that positively or negatively regulate human P2X receptor function. Specifically, the project will identify novel compounds through high throughput screening and characterise the function of several compounds already identified in the laboratory. Compounds will be assays to investigate their activity on peripheral nerve function. You will receive training in patch-clamp electrophysiology, calcium imaging, site-directed mutagenesis, molecular modelling, neuronal culture and confocal microscopy.
We are seeking an enthusiastic student with a background in Pharmacology, Biochemistry or Biomedical Sciences to join our lively and internationally recognised research team. The laboratory is well funded by UK Research and Innovation, British Heart Foundation and Industrial Partners. The laboratory is situated in the state-of-the-art Biomedical Research Centre on the University campus.
A start date prior to October 2020 may be possible but this should be discussed with Dr Fountain in the first instance.
Project supervisor: https://people.uea.ac.uk/s_j_fountain
Mode of study: Full time
Start date: October 2020
Entry requirements: First degree (2:1 or above) in Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences or Neuroscience.
A bench fee is also payable on top of the tuition fee to cover specialist equipment or laboratory costs required for the research. Applicants should contact the primary supervisor for further information about the fee associated with the project.
Layhadi JA, Turner JO, Crossman DC and Fountain SJ (2018). ATP evokes Ca2+ responses and CXCL5 secretion via P2X4 receptor activation in human monocyte-derived macrophages (Journal of Immunology)
Stokes L, Layhadi JA, Bibic L, Dhuna K, Fountain SJ (2017). P2X4 receptor function in the nervous system and current breakthroughs in pharmacology (Frontiers in Pharmacology)
Pijacka et al (2016). Purinergic receptors in the carotid body as a novel target for controlling hypertension (Nature Medicine)
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