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Water hardness and natural history of atopic eczema

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    Prof C Flohr
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Lead Supervisor: Professor Carsten Flohr

Second Supervisor: Professor Janet Peacock

An exciting opportunity has arisen for at King’s College London for a biostatistician or bioinformatician to undertake a PhD fellowship focusing on the role of domestic water hardness in the aetiology and natural history of atopic eczema under the supervision of Professors Carsten Flohr (Dermatologist and Epidemiologist) and Janet Peacock (Biostatistics). The project builds on our previous work, examining the role of domestic water hardness in the aetiology and natural history of atopic eczema, using data from our own randomised controlled trial, SOFTER, and a large US observational cohort from Dartmouth College, New Hampshire.

The analyses conducted by the PhD Fellow will examine the pathophysiological mechanisms from the mechanistic studies embedded in SOFTER, using skin and respiratory microbiome as well as skin immunology profiles and skin barrier assessment data. The role of domestic water hardness and other domestic water ingredients on the risk of atopic eczema development will be separately examined in the US population-based dataset. The analyses will be complex and require significant statistical, bioinformatics and data integration skills. Training to gain such skills will be provided.

Visit our website for details of academic and English language requirements, as well as full details on how to apply.

For more information it is highly recommended to informally contact Profs Carsten Flohr and Janet Peacock ([Email Address Removed]; [Email Address Removed]), before making an application. For administrative and application process enquiries please contact [Email Address Removed].

Funding Notes

3-year fully funded studentship, which provides consumables, tuition fee costs at the Home/EU rate and a stipend as follows:

Year 1 £24,093

Year 2 £26,057

Year 3 £26,839



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