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  Adapting methods from statistical ecology and applying them to molecular data in cancer
  Research Group: Division of Statistics
  Prof A Lynch, Dr H Worthington
Applications accepted all year round

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There are a number of questions that arise from proteomic and RNA studies in cancer that have clear parallels in the world of ecology.
  Investigating modes of action of genetic risk variants through integrated analysis of multiple high-dimensional “omics” data.
  Research Group: Division of Statistics
  Prof A Lynch, Dr M Papathomas
Applications accepted all year round

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Genome-wide association studies have identified thousands of genomic loci that are associated with higher risk of a trait (often a disease such as breast cancer).
  Evolutionary quantitative genetics in the wild: behaviour, growth and fitness in Soay sheep
  Research Group: Centre for Biological Diversity
  Dr M Morrissey
Application Deadline: 1 December 2019

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Contemporary natural selection frequently appears to favour the evolution of increased body size. However, corresponding evolutionary responses of body size, of magnitudes predicted by evolutionary quantitative genetic theory, are frequently not observed.
  How does a mammalian cell physically organise the complex processes of gene expression and regulation?
  Research Group: Biomedical Sciences Research Centre
  Dr J Sleeman
Application Deadline: 1 December 2019

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Accurate gene expression and regulation in mammalian cells is a hugely complex process, essential for cellular and organismal homeostasis.
  Impaired stress response as a pathological mechanism in Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1 and related degenerative conditions
  Research Group: Biomedical Sciences Research Centre
  Dr J Sleeman
Application Deadline: 1 December 2019

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Myotonic Dystrophy Type1 (DM1) is an incurable inherited multi-system disease that results in numerous symptoms including early cataract development, which can be the first sign of the disease.
  Studying evolutionary processes with polymorphism-aware phylogenetic models
  Research Group: Biomedical Sciences Research Centre
  Dr C Kosiol
Application Deadline: 1 December 2019

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The recent sequencing of genomes of closely related species and of many individuals from the same species enables the study of speciation and the inference of the history of populations.
  Combining molecular genetics and biochemistry to explore the biology of chromosomal DNA replication in the Archaea
  Research Group: Biomedical Sciences Research Centre
  Dr S MacNeill
Application Deadline: 1 December 2019

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The Archaea constitute the third domain of life on Earth, comprise an estimated 20% of the planet’s biomass and make a major impact on both biosphere and atmosphere.
  The genetics of sperm competition in Drosophila pseudoobscura
  Research Group: Centre for Biological Diversity
  Prof MG Ritchie
Application Deadline: 1 December 2019

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Sperm competition is a major source of selection on animal mating systems, and studies of Drosophila have shown that genes expressed in male reproductive tissues are amongst the most rapidly evolving between species.
  Studying tissue wide coordination of pulsed contractility during morphogenesis in Drosophila
  Research Group: Biomedical Sciences Research Centre
  Dr M Bischoff
Application Deadline: 1 December 2019

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During morphogenesis, cells undergo complex behaviours, including cell movement and apical constriction to shape tissues and organs.
  Evolution of mimicry: Genetic, morphometric, and functional origins of leaf mimicry in singing insects
  Research Group: Centre for Biological Diversity
  Dr N Bailey
Application Deadline: 1 December 2019

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Mimicry is a remarkable Darwinian adaptation, and bush crickets whose wings resemble plant leaves are among the most spectacular examples of mimicry in the natural world.
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