Title: Molecular mechanisms of blindness resulting from retinitis pigmentosa mutations in the visual receptor rhodopsin
Funding: Full time Home/EU fees and a stipend of £15,009 p.a.
Application deadline: 22 November 2019
Start date: January 2020
Duration: 3 years (full time)
Location: Colchester Campus
Based in: School of Life Sciences
We are inviting applications from highly committed, talented individuals to study the molecular basis of Retinitis Pigmentosa, a rare genetic disorder that results in degeneration of the retina eventually leading to irreversible vision loss. A large number of Retinitis Pigmentosa mutations map to the gene encoding rhodopsin, the dim-light visual receptor located in rod photoreceptor cells.
The aims of this research project are:
We are looking for a bright and highly motivated individual to complete a PhD in this area. The student will be involved with all aspects of research including mutant design, stable mammalian cell line construction, membrane protein purification and biochemical and biophysical characterisation of mutant pigments. Full training in these techniques will be provided.
The student will also spend training periods at the Institute of Ophthalmology (UCL) under the supervision of Professor Mike Cheetham.
The award consists of a full Home/EU fee waiver or equivalent fee discount for overseas students (further fee details), a doctoral stipend equivalent to the Research Councils UK National Minimum Doctoral Stipend (£15,009 in 2019-20), plus £2,500 training bursary via Proficio funding, which may be used to cover the cost of advanced skills training including conference attendance and travel.
To apply for this studentship please email Emma Revill (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the following documents:
If you have any queries about this studentship please email the supervisor, Dr Philip Reeves (email@example.com)