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Self-funded project: Therapeutic potential of extracellular vesicles from different mesenchymal stem cell subtypes.


Department of Biology

About the Project

Applications accepted for either MSc by Research or PhD.

Human mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSCs) are found in adult tissues such as bone marrow and are able to differentiate into bone, cartilage and fat tissues. There is intense interest in determining how MSCs may be used in future cell-based therapies, including gene therapy and tissue engineering, and as in vitro models for fundamental research and drug discovery. However, little is known about MSC identity and research is often performed on heterogeneous mixtures of different MSC sub-populations. Using a process of telomerase-based immortalisation and cell cloning, we have generated several different MSC lines that represent different “types” of MSCs. We have identified MSC subtypes that have potent tissue regeneration capacity and others that do not differentiate but are immuno-suppressive. These functional differences are reflected in the products they secrete, including extracellular vesicles (EVs). This project will examine the characteristics of MSC sub-populations and identify how specialised EVs may be developed for clinical use.

The Department of Biology at the University of York is committed to recruiting extraordinary future scientists regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation or career pathway to date. We understand that commitment and excellence can be shown in many ways and have built our recruitment process to reflect this. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, particularly those underrepresented in science, who have curiosity, creativity and a drive to learn new skills.

Funding Notes

This is a self funded research project. Applicants need to have adequate funds to meet the costs of a self-funded research project including tuition fees and living expenses for the duration of the research programme.

References

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Students with, or expecting to gain, at least an upper second class honours degree, or equivalent, are invited to apply. The interdisciplinary nature of this programme means that we welcome applications from students with backgrounds in any biological, chemical, and/or physical science, or students with mathematical backgrounds who are interested in using their skills in addressing biological questions.

START DATE: 1st October 2021

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