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Elucidating the signalling pathways important for plasma cell biology and antibody secretion

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  • Full or part time
    Dr A Peden
    Dr M Collins
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Plasma cells are the antibody secreting cells of the immune system thus are vital for fighting infection. However, dysregulation of plasma cell function is linked to a broad range of disease from Lupus to multiple myeloma. At present, it is not known how plasma cell differentiation and homeostasis is regulated. The aim of this PhD project is to identify the key signaling pathways critical for this process. To identify these pathways we will use a combination of cutting edge in vitro cell culture models and novel mass-spectrometry based approaches. Once key pathways have been identified, we will manipulate them using chemical and genetic based approaches and determine how this affects plasma cell biology. In the long term, this information may help in the development of novel drugs for regulating plasma cell function in vivo. This project represents an exciting training opportunity where the student will become an expert in advanced proteomics, mechanistic cell biology and immunology.

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Funding Notes

Entry requirements
First class or upper second 2(i) in a relevant subject. To formally apply for a PhD Studentship, you must complete the University's application form using the following link:

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