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PhD Student Position – Gene Regulation in Stem Cell Biology & Brain Development

Medical Genetics

Applications accepted all year round Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

A PhD student position is available for highly motivated individuals with interest in studying stem cell biology and brain development using a combination of molecular, cellular, genetic, and bioinformatics approaches. The project will involve utilizing mouse models with transcriptomic and translatomic analysis to dissect gene regulatory mechanisms that control neural stem cell development in the mammalian brain. Another potential avenue of research involves the study of the molecular and cellular basis of rare neurodevelopmental disorders, using patient induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived cells and mouse disease models. The student will be fully funded and work in the laboratory of Dr. Guang Yang ( in the Departments of Medical Genetics and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at the University of Calgary, Canada. The research group is multidisciplinary and collaborates closely with clinical geneticists, chemical engineers and bioinformaticians. Besides, the student will benefit from the friendly and inclusive culture of the laboratory with a highly motivating working environment.

- BSc or MSc or an equivalent degree in biochemistry, bioinformatics, cell biology, developmental biology, genetics, neuroscience, or a related discipline.
- Prior research experience in wet and/or dry labs. Knowledge and experience in biochemistry techniques, molecular cloning, mammalian cell culture, mouse genetics, and confocal microscopy would be highly desirable. Strong programming skills in R and Python, and prior experience with sequencing analysis would be an asset.
- Must be self‐motivated, with a keen interest in working on multidisciplinary projects.
- A strong academic background.
- Proficiency in English.
- Excellent communication, written and interpersonal skills.
- Willingness to work in an international team.

Application details:
Please send a single PDF file containing a cover letter describing (i) your previous research experience, (ii) future goals, and (iii) why studying stem cells and brain development is of interest to you, together with your CV, and relevant transcripts to "" with the subject line "PhD Student Position".

About the University of Calgary:
The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

About Calgary, Alberta
Calgary, Canada’s fastest-growing major city, is vibrant and multicultural, with a population of more than 1.2 million. Situated near the Rocky Mountains, Banff National Park and Lake Louise, Calgary offers a great quality of life and outstanding recreational activities.

Funding Notes

The students will receive full stipend support and will also be encouraged to apply for internal and external scholarships.

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