MRes/PhD Studentships -Investigating the role of mitochondria in health and disease
Reference Code: IA054
Name of the supervisors
Professor Z Chrzanowska-Lightowlers, Institute for Ageing and Health (IAH)
Professor RN Lightowlers, Institute for Cell and Molecular Bioscience and Institute for Ageing and Health
Professor RW Taylor, IAH
Professor DM Turnbull, IAH
Professor PF Chinnery, Institute of Genetic Medicine
Professor M Herbert, IAH
Newcastle University, Faculty of Medical Sciences
Duration of the award
Four year integrated MRes/PhD programme or three year PhD programme if applicant has a suitable Masters degree approved by Newcastle University.
The Wellcome Trust has recently awarded 4.4 million to the Mitochondrial Research Group at Newcastle University to establish a world-leading centre dedicated to the biology of mitochondria in health and disease http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/News/2012/Features/WTVM054794.htm. This new Centre brings together ground-breaking laboratory studies with clinical research to understand the fundamental mechanisms and genetics of mitochondrial function.
Mitochondrial dysfunction can cause multisystem disease and is linked to common degenerative disorders. Major scientific and technological advances mean that we are strategically poised to improve the lives of patients with mitochondrial disease. To achieve this we will integrate basic and clinical research and are offering 4 MRes/PhD scholarships in the following research areas:
1. Understanding critical factors and pathogenic defects underlying mitochondrial gene expression
2. Preventing transmission of mitochondrial DNA disease
3. Understanding the nature, mechanisms and treatment of neurology deficits in patients with mitochondrial DNA disease
4. Determining the role of mitochondrial DNA in common chronic human
Value of the Award and Eligibility
The award covers University fees at the Home/EU rate and a stipend matched to the minimum Research Council recommended stipend of £13,590 (2011/12). Candidates from outside UK/EU may apply but tuition fees will only be paid at the UK/EU rate.
Candidates must have a BSc (Hons) in an appropriate scientific speciality at either a first or 2:1 level or a Masters degree (Merit or Distinction) in a relevant subject.
How to Apply
You must complete the University’s online postgraduate application form. Select ‘Master of Research/Doctor of Philosophy (Medical Sciences) – Ageing and Health’ as the programme of study inserting the reference number IA054. Only mandatory fields need to be completed but in the personal statement section quote reference number IA054 and indicate which subject area you are applying to and how your interests and experience relate to this. You must also attach a copy of the transcript from your current course in addition to a CV and a covering letter.
Closing date for applications
Prompt application is advised as these posts are only available until suitable candidates are appointed.
For further details, please contact:
Institute for Ageing and Health (Mitochondrial Research Group)
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 222 3009