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Structure, function and evolution of plant telomere components

Project Description

Telomeres are terminal, but nevertheless integral parts of chromosomes, and as such they are also formed and function as supramolecular nucleoprotein (chromatin) structures. Their DNA component is usually formed by repetitive DNA whose incomplete end-replication by the conventional replication machinery can be compensated by elongation via a specific ribonucleoprotein complex with RNA-dependent DNA polymerase activity – the telomerase. Besides preventing the replicative shortening, telomeres also protect chromosome ends from being mistaken for unrepaired chromosome breaks. For the latter function, protein components of telomeres are responsible. Our group has described evolutionary changes in plant telomere DNA repeats and some protein components of plant telomeres in typical telomeres in the model system of Arabidopsis thaliana. It will be important to follow-up these studies with description of further protein components of telomeres together with testing their functional importance for telomere maintenance and chromosome stability. In addition, the impact of the evolutionary change in telomere DNA sequence on its protein interactors will be examined. Background in molecular biology, biochemistry and bioinformatics will be an asset for selection of a suitable candidate.

HOW TO APPLY: Register for this call using the registration form at
and submit required documents to receive support with the preparation of the application and all formalities. Your application package will be forwarded to the supervisor for preliminary revision.
Applicants who wish to pursue a degree at the CEITEC PhD programme must hold the equivalent of a Master’s degree (MSc) in similar field (four or five year undergraduate degree). The application can be submitted before obtaining the Master’s degree, however, the applicant should obtain the degree within five month after the application deadline.

Funding Notes

Admission for studies, student registration for the full-time study programme and proper fulfilment of student duties constitute the student’s right to a regular scholarship of 22 000 CZK (850 EUR). Information is available at View Website

Living costs and other practicalities available at View Website

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