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Role of protein quality control mechanisms in the regulation of metabolic homeostasis


Project Description

This PhD project will focus on how metabolic homeostasis is regulated by protein quality control mechanisms that promote the removal and/or degradation of specific proteins. This can have an impact on communication between organelles including the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and mitochondria or ER and lipid droplets, processes that are often rewired during cancer, to allow the growth, spread or adaptation of cancer cells to hostile conditions found within tumours. The PhD project will involve fundamental discovery research, but will have implications for our understanding of metabolic regulation, including during cancer development and progression. The aim is to understand the role played by the ‘molecular segregase’ complex of a protein called p97 and its adaptor protein, Ubxd8, on protein degradation at organelles, with a view to understand how this impacts on cellular metabolism. It will also seek to determine how the pathway is regulated by signals that are relevant for cancer cell biology.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Candidates should have or expect to obtain a 2:1 or higher Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant biomedical or life sciences subject.

English Language

Candidates applying from countries where the first language is not English should produce evidence of their competence through a qualification such as IELTS or TOEFL score.

The minimum recommended score for the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Science is:
• IELTS score of 6.0 with not less than 5.5 in each of the four component elements of listening, reading, speaking and writing taken within the last 2 years;
• TOEFL score of 80+ (internet basted test), taken within the last 2 years, with minimum component scores of; Listening 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20, Writing 17);
• A valid Certificate of Proficiency in English grade A or B;
• A valid Certificate of Advanced English grade A; or
• A first or upper second class honours degree from a university based in the UK, Republic of Ireland or other suitably quality assured location in a country deemed by the UK Border Agency to be majority English speaking.

For a list of English Language qualifications also accepted by the School and University please see the following link:
http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/Applying/English-language-requirements/#English

INTO Queen’s English Language Courses offers both pre-sessional and in-sessional courses in English for academic purposes and study skills. Courses vary in length and full information can be obtained at: https://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/Applying/University-Preparation-Courses/INTOEnglishlanguagecoursesatQueens/

Funding Notes

*FUNDING CONFIRMED – Department for the Economy (DfE) Award*

Eligibility for both fees (£4,327 for 2019/20, 2020/21 TBC) and maintenance (£15,009 for 2019/20, 2020/21 TBC) depends on the applicants being either an ordinary UK resident or those EU residents who have lived permanently in the UK for the 3 years immediately preceding the start of the studentship.

Non UK residents who hold EU residency may also apply but if successful may receive fees only.

For further details re eligibility criteria (including academic, citizenship and residency criteria) please click on the following link: View Website

References

Please visit the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology, website for further details about the Centre:

http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/CentreforCancerResearchCellBiology/

When applying, please choose 'MEDICINE' as your subject area/School.

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