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Special Prize Parkinson’s Disease-J. Macdonald Menzies Charitable Trust PhD Studentship

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    Prof Dario Alessi
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Project Description

Applications are for a PhD student to commence anytime in 2011 in the lab of Dario Alessi at the MRC Protein Phosphorylation Unit, to carry out cutting edge, multidisciplinary research on how mutations in Parkinson’s disease genes encoding for signalling components such as PINK1, LRRK2, fbxo7 are regulated and function. This laboratory has great expertise defining the roles of protein kinases mutated in human disease and has succeeded in delineating how several disease kinases such as PDK1, LKB1 and WNK1 function. This has lead to new ideas on how to better treat cancer and hypertension.

The MRC Protein Phosphorylation Unit is one of the world’s leading centres for studying the role of protein phosphorylation in cell regulation and human disease (see for further information). Many PhD students who have trained in this Unit are now running successful independent laboratories, playing leading roles in pharmaceutical companies and undertaking postdoctoral research in the world’s leading research institutes.

We are looking for an outstanding individual wishing to undertake Parkinson’s disease research to elucidate how mutations in genes encoding for signal transduction components lead to Parkinson’s disease.

The Studentship will be funded by the J. Macdonald Menzies Charitable Trust and administered by Parkinson’s UK. The successful applicant will receive a tax free Stipend £17,500 per year for this 4-year studentship. In addition, the student will be provided an allowance of £2000 over the course of 4 years to attend conferences to present their work. The student will be registered for a PhD at the University of Dundee and will join the MRC Protein Phosphorylation Studentship Programme (

Funding Notes

For further information please contact Dario Alessi ([Email Address Removed])

Applications in the form of a CV, covering letter, including the names and addresses of 3 referees, should be sent to [Email Address Removed], quoting J. Macdonald Menzies Charitable Trust PhD Studentship.

Applicants will only be contacted if invited for interview.

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