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  Modelling wave-induced sea ice breakup on small and large scales
  Dr F Montiel
Applications accepted all year round

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Sea ice is a key component of the climate system, which is experiencing significant changes as a consequence of global warming. The rapidly decreasing sea ice extent in the Arctic Ocean means solar radiations are increasingly being absorbed into the ocean, causing further melting and weakening of the sea ice cover.
  Numerical and analytical studies of early universe Einstein-Euler-scalar field models
  Dr F Beyer
Applications accepted all year round

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The point of this project is to study the Einstein’ equation (as a model of gravity) coupled to the Euler equations (as a model of cosmological matter) and the scalar field equations (as a model of the “inflaton” driving “inflation”) in the cosmological setting close to a big bang singularity.
  Numerical modelling of sediment transportation and surface roughness on vegetated coastal dune systems
  Assoc Prof S Wakes
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Coasts and coastal communities around the world are vulnerable to sea level increases and intensity of storm events. Vegetated sand dunes are relied upon for protection, buffering coastal communities from the sea.
  Numerical study of global properties of general relativistic space-times
  Prof J Frauendiner
Applications accepted all year round

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This project is part of a larger research program which tries to study the global structure of space-times by numerically solving the conformal field equations, a system of partial differential equations which is equivalent to the vacuum Einstein equations.
  Understanding genome regulation via DNA methylation and enhancer interactions in cancer
  Dr M Parry, Dr A Chatterjee
Applications accepted all year round

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Gene expression changes are likely in cancer patients, as well as methylation changes. However, there is a paucity of enhancer data for cancer patients.
  Stress responses in the diabetic heart: Effects of exercise training and glycaemic control
  Dr C Baldi
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The diabetic heart, even before developing disease, has impaired relaxation and contractility. These changes limit the work capacity of the heart (maximal cardiac output) and limit the functional capacity of people with diabetes.
  How can epigenetic changes be used to predict and prevent cancer?
  Dr A Chatterjee, Dr E Rodger
Applications accepted all year round

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Our lab, led by international leader in epigenetics Dr Aniruddha Chatterjee, combines cutting edge next-generation sequencing, computational analysis, and experimental work to decipher the role of epigenetic modifications and cellular phenotype in cancer.
  Development of Micro/Nanofabricated Anti-icing Surfaces
  Dr S Lowrey
Applications accepted all year round

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A PhD position is available in the experimental development of anti-icing surfaces. This position will be hosted by The University of Otago's Department of Physics and will be carried out in Prof.
  Central modulation of cardiac Sympathetic Nerve Activity following acute MI
  Dr D Schwenke
Applications accepted all year round

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The majority of people that suffer a heart attack (acute myocardial infarction; MI) die within the first few hours following the MI.
  Changes in cerebral blood flow trigger an increase in sympathetic nerve activity – implications following acute myocardial infarction
  Dr D Schwenke
Applications accepted all year round

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Heart function is controlled by the sympathetic nervous system. Following a heart attack (myocardial infarction. MI), cardiac sympathetic nerve activity (cSNA) becomes dangerously elevated, triggering irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias) that often prove fatal.
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