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PhD studentship opportunity in the role of the microbiome and circulating endothelial cells in the pathobiology of cutaneous renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV)

University of Surrey

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Guildford
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £15,009
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 7th August 2019
Closes: 13th September 2019

Studentship description

Applications are invited for a prestigious three year Alabama Rot Research Fund, Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists and the University of Surrey (School of Veterinary Medicine) fully funded PhD studentship, commencing in January 2020. 

The project will use state of the art phenotypic and genotypic approaches to study the pathogenesis of Alabama Rot (CRGV), a devastating disease of dogs caused by damage to blood vessels of the skin and kidney, ultimately resulting in kidney failure.  The student will work with clinical colleagues to define the role of the microbiome and host factors in the pathogenesis of the disease.

This exceptional research opportunity requires a candidate with an interest in molecular pathogenesis and who has at least a good first degree (2i or above) in a relevant subject such as biology, microbiology, genetics or veterinary medicine. As the project is biased towards microbial sequencing and host cell techniques, evidence of a sound understanding of these procedures would be highly desirable. However, training in microbiology, bioinformatics, molecular biology, cellular pathology, metabolomics and metagenomic approaches will be provided.

The successful applicant will be registered with the University of Surrey and based in the School of Veterinary Medicine with some of the studies undertaken at Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists in Hampshire.

Entry requirements

  • At least a good first degree (2i or above) in a relevant subject such as biology, microbiology, genetics or veterinary medicine.
  • UK/EU students
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, both in plain English and scientific language for publication in relevant journals and presentation at conferences. If English is not your first language, you must have IELTS 6.6 with at least 6 in all the components.

Funding Fully funded PhD, Stipend of £15,009 p.a.

How to apply

Applications should be sent through the Veterinary Medicine and Science PhD course page: Please clearly state the studentship title on your application. We ask that you provide two academic references in your application.

Closing date for applications 13th September 2019

Application enquiries

Applicants should apply to the Veterinary Medicine and Science PhD programme via the on-line application.

Any other enquires please email Professor Roberto La Ragione ( 

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