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Single Cell transcriptomic investigation of Blood malignancies

   Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

About the Project

Cytotoxic therapy has been the standard of care over the last 30 years for Blood malignancies. But majority of the time, it fails to cure the patient (5 years survival rate lower than 30%). Therefore, there is an urgent need for the development of more specific and efficient therapies. Single cell RNA sequencing have been used to investigate the heterogeneity during the development, maintenance and responses to treatment of diseases such as cancers. The main aims of this project are to use scRNA-seq to define the cellular hierarchy in blood malignancies and to determine how different cell types are affected by drug/compound treatments and to identify genes critical for the maintenance of the most immature cell populations. 

Entry Requirements

Candidates are expected to hold (or be about to obtain) a minimum upper second class honours degree in biology or computer science. Candidates with experience in haematopoiesis or with an interest in single cell omics technologies are encouraged to apply.

 How to Apply

For information on how to apply for this project, please visit the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health Doctoral Academy website ( Informal enquiries may be made directly to the primary supervisor. On the online application form select the PhD Bioinformatics.

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Funding Notes

Applications are invited from self-funded students. This project has a Band 3 fee. Details of our different fee bands can be found on our website View Website

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