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PhD Studentship - BBSRC iCASE Student in Respiratory Immunology: Investigating the Role of Exosomal MicroRNA in Host-microbiota-viral Interactions in the Human Respiratory Mucosa

University of Southampton - Faculty of Medicine

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Southampton
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 21st March 2019
Closes: 26th April 2019

Main Supervisor: Dr. Karl Staples

Other members of the supervisory team: Dr. C. Mirella Spalluto, Prof Tom Wilkinson

Duration of the award: 4 years full time

Project description:

We have the opportunity for a PhD student to join the Pulmonary Immunology Group under the supervision of Dr. Karl Staples, Dr. C. Mirella Spalluto and Prof Tom Wilkinson. This group has a long-standing interest in the immunology of the respiratory tract with a specific focus on the response of the human lung to bacterial and viral infections.

The aim of this BBSRC iCASE studentship is to investigate role of exosomal microRNA in host-microbiota-viral interactions in the human respiratory mucosa. As this is an iCASE award, in addition to work in Southampton, this research will be complemented by a period of research at AstraZeneca campus in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Please contact: Dr. Karl Staples (

Person Specification: See below

The successful candidate is likely to have the following qualifications:

  • A 1st or 2:1 degree in a relevant discipline and/or second degree with a related Masters

Funding information:

Only UK/EU students are eligible to apply. Subject to eligibility, the studentship will be paid in line with the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) recommended maintenance stipend plus UK fees.

Administrative contact and how to apply:

Please complete the University's online application form, which you can find at

You should enter Dr Karl Staples as your proposed supervisor. To support your application provide an academic CV (including contact details of two referees), official academic transcripts and a personal statement (outlining your suitability for the studentship, what you hope to achieve from the PhD and your research experience to date).

Informal enquiries relating to the project or candidate suitability should be directed to Dr Staples (

Closing date: Friday 26th April 2019

Interview date:  Week commencing 13th May 2019

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