Competitive three year full time studentship in the Department of Biological and Medical Sciences
Research Title : Investigating the role of gene duplication and divergence during the evolution of spiders, scorpions and other arachnids.
Main supervisor Professor Alistair McGregor
Eligibility:Only open to UK/EU applicants (who must be permanently resident in UK/EU)
Start date: 19th September 2016
Bursary: £14057 pa for academic year 2016/17 & fees
Closing date: 21st February 2016
Applicants should be of the highest quality and capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Requirement a good Honours degree (2.1 or equivalent).
EU applicants must have a valid IELTS Academic test certificate minimum score level 6 in each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking with overall minimum score 7.0 issued since the 23rd April 2015 by an approved test centre please see web site below. Or an undergraduate degree awarded by a recognised UK university within the last two years.
Gene duplication is an important mechanism underlying the evolution of organismal diversity. The duplication of genes in arachnids represents an excellent opportunity to systematically study the role of gene duplication in the evolution of gene regulatory networks, development and phenotypic variation. This project will study the expression of paralogous genes and characterize their function using CRIPSPR/Cas9 and RNAi to evaluate the subfunctionalisation, neofunctionalisation and co-evolution of duplicated coding and noncoding genes during the development of spiders, scorpions, harvestmen and other arachnids.
This project will be carried out in collaboration with Dr. Prashant Sharma (University of Wisconsin-Madison). The successful applicant will join a dynamic international team and training will be provided in all molecular biology, developmental biology, molecular evolution and bioinformatics approaches. During the project the student will also have the opportunity to travel to the collaborating lab and attend national and international conferences.
As part of your training you will be required to assist in demonstrating on undergraduate practicals during semesters without further remuneration.
Further information on the project e-mail Professor Alistair McGregor e-mail address [email protected]
and [email protected]
telephone number + 44 (0)1865 484191
How to apply
Please complete the Application Form, which you can download from
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