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Understanding and controlling cardiac arrhythmia

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Cardiac arrhythmias remain the leading cause of death in patients with heart disease. An important trigger for arrhythmias is the inappropriate control of calcium within the cells of the heart. We study a protein (RyR2) responsible for regulating the release of calcium within the heart. Our overall aim is to better understand RyR2 and use this knowledge to develop new strategies for treating arrhythmia. We use a host of techniques including molecular biology and biochemistry through to single cell and whole heart calcium imaging in animal models. We are also now moving more of our work into living cardiac tissue from heart disease patients (see Candidates with interests in heart disease and cardiac muscle physiology are encouraged to apply. The project available will utilise a variety of techniques to study the function, dysfunction and pharmacological control of RyR2

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Funding Notes

Dr Jones will support suitable candidates in applying for a competitive PhD scholarship from the University of Otago (

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