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University of Otago PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships

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  New ways of terminating transcription in bacterial pathogens
  Dr C Brown
Applications accepted all year round

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An excellent PhD candidate (’A’ grades) interested in researching the fundamental process of gene expression in bacteria is being recruited to join a multidisciplinary team led at University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.
  Ubiquitin binding and the assembly of ubiquitin chains
  Dr C Day
Applications accepted all year round

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A talented PhD candidate interested in studying the biochemical properties of ubiquitin E3-ligases is being recruited to join Catherine Day’s laboratory in the Biochemistry Department, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.
  Sensory perception in control of mammalian life-history
  Dr M Garratt
Applications accepted all year round

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Life history theory is built on the assumption that there are trade-offs between life-history traits, such as between early and late-life reproduction, and between reproduction and lifespan.
  Sex hormone actions in frailty and health during ageing
  Dr M Garratt
Applications accepted all year round

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It is well established that testosterone and estrogens can influence ageing, with hormone administration improving physical function, muscle and bone strength in some cohorts of the elderly.
  Synthesis of Carbon-rich Molecular Materials
  Dr N Lucas
Applications accepted all year round

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New carbon-rich molecular materials, based on well-defined nanographenes and other novel polyaromatic architectures, will be rationally synthesised to better understand structure-property relationships.
  A Statistical Approach to Understanding the Complexity of Bryozoan Mineralogy
  Dr P Dillingham, Prof D Bryant
Application Deadline: 31 July 2020

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The Project. Bryozoans are one of the most mineralogically-complex phyla in the sea. These small colonial invertebrates make hard skeletons from seawater in any of three carbonate minerals, sometimes in various combinations, in response to controls that are intrinsic (phylogeny, development) and extrinsic (environment).
  Boundary conditions for non-local operators and their numerical implementation and applications
  Assoc Prof B Baeumer
Application Deadline: 1 December 2019

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Non-local differential operators are a common mathematical tool to spatially model the risk of spread of an invasive species, an epidemic, or any other system where the outliers dominate the dynamics of spread.
  Mathematics for large-scale inference algorithms in Bayesian demographic analysis
  Prof D Bryant
Applications accepted all year round

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This project is part of a major research programme tackling one of the major open challenges in data science. how to merge existing machine learning (ML) tools, which are fast but fallible, with Bayesian approaches, which are the gold standard but computationally unobtainable.
  Modelling ocean wave dissipation through pancake ice fields
  Dr F Montiel, Dr A Suanda
Applications accepted all year round

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In a warming climate, ocean wave activity is projected to intensify in the polar regions. Sea ice forms as pancake ice at the ocean surface under intense wave conditions.
  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
Applications accepted all year round

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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.
  Spatial models for muscle fibre data
  Dr TM Davies, Dr M Schofield
Applications accepted all year round

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In humans and other mammals, individual muscle fibres can be broadly classified into two distinct categories — "slow contracting" (type I) and "fast contracting" (type II).
  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.
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