Our research group is focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying the development and progression of heart failure and in doing so identifying potential new targets for its treatment. Heart failure (HF) currently affects around 1 million people in the UK leading to an annual financial burden on the health services of over £1 billion, and its incidence is rising rapidly. HF has a dismal prognosis, with patients dying from progressive pump failure or ventricular arrhythmias. Hypertension, which affects around 15% of the general population, is strongly associated with heart failure with 80% of HF patients having hypertension.
Over the past few years it has become clear that PMCA1, a calcium transporter which ejects calcium from the cell, is involved in all of the central features of heart failure. Human genome wide association studies have shown a link between PMCA1 and hypertension, which is a common underlying cause for HF as well as with coronary artery disease and myocardial infarction. Our own studies have provided functional evidence of the role of PMCA1 in the development of cardiomyopathy, myocardial infarction, arrhythmias and hypertension.
This PhD project will explore and characterise the mechanisms underlying the key role PMCA1 plays in the diseased cardiovascular system.
Candidates are expected to hold (or be about to obtain) a minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in a biomedical, physiology, pharmacology or related area / subject and preferably a master degree.
How To Apply
For information on how to apply for this project, please visit the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health Doctoral Academy website (https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/study/research/apply/). Informal enquiries may be made directly to the primary supervisor. On the online application form select the appropriate subject title.
For international students, we also offer a unique 4 year PhD programme that gives you the opportunity to undertake an accredited Teaching Certificate whilst carrying out an independent research project across a range of biological, medical and health sciences.
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