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The tick tock of the redox clock: shedding new light on the role of the lens in regulating circadian rhythms

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Saturday, February 01, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

A Ph.D. project and scholarship is available in the Department of Physiology, University of Auckland, New Zealand, investigating whether the lens utilises circadian time keeping mechanisms to regulate antioxidant homeostasis to ensure the lens is able to respond to changes in damaging UV light level during different times of the day. To test this, a series of molecular, biochemical and imaging assessments will be performed to investigate the role of circadian rhythms in regulating redox balance and glutathione homeostasis in the young and old lens.

The successful candidate should have completed a postgraduate bachelors (honours) degree with first class or second class (division 1) honours, or a masters degree with first class or second class (division 1) honours in Biomedical Sciences . In addition, the candidate must have completed a significant research project, dissertation or thesis, at university level. Additional information about the University of Auckland Doctoral Entry requirements can be found here:

If interested, please send your CV/academic transcript, the names and contact details of two academic referees and a covering letter to Dr Julie Lim by email.

Funding Notes

A fully funded PhD scholarship is available for this project. Candidates should have a strong interest in vision science and preferably a background in molecular biology. In addition, he/she should have a solid work ethic, be organized, motivated and able to work in a team environment. The stipend value is NZD 27,500 (tax free) plus tuition fees for three years with a start date of 1st March 2020.

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