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Measuring and managing the genetic risk of disease: New methods to combine information across thousands of DNA markers to form better genetic predictions

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    Prof F Dudbridge
    Prof Sheehan
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
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Project Description

Most diseases are partly heritable and knowledge of the genes that affect risk has exploded in the last few years. The related fields of genetic epidemiology and statistical genetics are fast moving, high profile and offer excellent career opportunities. Soon it will be possible to take an individual’s DNA sequence and accurately measure their genetic risk of disorders such as heart disease, cancer and depression. We could also take a forensic DNA sample and predict the person’s height, build, skin tone and facial features. The statistical methods to achieve this are still under development. In this project you will work on new methods to combine information across thousands of DNA markers to form better genetic predictions. You will apply these methods to the latest massive datasets, including the UK Biobank and US Precision Medicine Initiative, to demonstrate the future potential of genetic prediction. You will also study the different applications of genetic prediction, from mammographic screening to forensic profiling, to develop customised approaches for each case.

Applications accepted until 21st March 2017

In order to apply please select Health Sciences Research for a September 2017 intake on the application form linked below. In the Funding section of the online application, please select Studentship and then Select CMBSP in the next dropdown option. Please indicate the name of the project supervisor(s) and the project title in the space provided within the application.

Funding Notes

Fees - full-time registration covering full UK/EU tuition fees for three years.
Stipend - an annual tax-free stipend equivalent to Research Council rates (£14,553 for 2017/18)
Research Training Support Grant - a research training support grant (including travel allowance) of £1,300pa.
Writing Up Fees - writing up fee (currently £100).

How good is research at University of Leicester in Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 24.20

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