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Understanding the molecular regulation of epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) during heart development: novel targets for cardiac regeneration?

   Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

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  Dr Joaquim Viera  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

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We use mouse genetics, human iPSC, and cutting-edge molecular (scRNA- and ATAC-sequencing, CUT&RUN, siRNA library screening) and imaging approaches to gain mechanistic insight into normal heart development to ultimately identify molecular targets to promote regeneration in the (adult) diseased heart. This project focusses on understanding interactions at the epicardium (heart outermost layer)-myocardium interface that support growth and maturation of cardiac muscle, in particular how cells from the epicardium undergo epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition to support organ development and function. This project offers the student a unique opportunity to gain fundamental experience into cardiovascular research and develop wet- and dry-lab research skills.

For further information and how to apply please visit the studentship webpage.

Funding Notes

Stipend: The studentships provide a generous stipend (currently £22,278 in Year 1 for London-based students).
Bench Fees: An allowance will be provided for research consumables
Tuition fees: Home tuition fees will be fully covered by this programme.
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