PhD Scholarships Avaliable 2020

Four PhD scholarships are available to start work, in either January or July of 2020, in Professor Lee Smith’s research group in their brand new lab in Newcastle, Australia. The PhD projects will utilise unique and cutting-edge transgenic mouse techniques to investigate the regulation of androgen biosynthesis and androgen action under normal and pathological conditions.

Project topics will be in the area of:

•The fundamental biology of androgen biosynthesis by the testis and adrenal glands, the mechanism of androgen action in the body, and the development of new approaches for gene therapy and gene manipulation in the testis, adrenal and pituitary.  

•Testosterone is well known for its role in male development, puberty, and male fertility, but recent research has identified a much wider range of roles that combine to promote male health

•The projects will involve the use of a combination of in silico, in vitro and in vivo models, giving the candidate the opportunity to develop a range of techniques including cellular and molecular biology, CRISPR, use and development of transgenic mouse models, gene therapy and biotechnology, with work conducted in the brand new endocrine genetics laboratory in Newcastle, Australia.

The candidate will join a growing multi-disciplinary team, consisting of experts in the field.  Applicants should have a strong work ethic, self-motivation, developed communication, and teamwork skills.

We are seeking applications from individuals who have completed first-class or second-class upper honours degree in a Biomedical Science or equivalent degree with laboratory experience.

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