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Genetic dissection of neuronal pathways controlling appetite regulation

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Wednesday, December 21, 2016
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The successful applicants will be joining an internationally-renowned research group, within one of the world’s top research universities. The department has an excellent publication record in top rated research journals and is well funded from a number of different sources, including grants recently awarded by the Wellcome Trust, the MRC and the BBSRC.

The research group takes a multidisciplinary approach to study of appetite regulation and possible avenues for the treatment of obesity, one of the major killers in the western world.

The successful candidate will use a variety of transgenic and viral gene therapy techniques to manipulate gene expression in the brain to identify the neuronal pathways essential for the regulation of appetite.
Understanding how appetite and energy homeostasis is controlled will allow the identification of new drug targets for the development of therapies to cure obesity and Type II diabetes.

Full training will be given in all applicable techniques. The student will have the opportunity to discuss the exact title and nature of the project with the supervisor to suit their interests and incorporate recent advances in these exciting areas. The student will be based on the Hammersmith campus.

Informal enquiries and further information can be obtained from Dr James Gardiner ()

Applicants who expect to or have obtained at least a 2:1 in a relevant subject should send an up-to-date curriculum vitae, including the names and addresses of two academic referees, to Dr James Gardiner, Department of Metabolic Medicine, 6th Floor Commonwealth Building, Imperial College Hammersmith Campus, Du Cane Road, London, W12 0NN (fax: 020 8 383 3142; email: ).

Funding Notes

In order to be eligible for a Studentship award, students must satisfy the usual eligibility criteria, including adequate academic qualifications and UK residence.

Applicants must have a first or upper second class degree from a UK University or the overseas equivalent in a relevant area of biochemistry, physiology, or neuroscience. In addition a Masters degree is preferable but not essential. Experience in molecular biology and in vivo physiology is a major advantage. Applicants must also meet Imperial College’s English language requirements – further details can be found at View Website
This studentship is open to home/EU only.

How good is research at Imperial College London in Clinical Medicine?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 334.18

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