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PhD Studentship: New Fluorometric Assays for Drug Discovery and Plankton Respiration (MUNOZMU20SCIO)

University of East Anglia - Chemistry

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Norwich
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £15,009 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 9th December 2019
Closes: 30th January 2020

Start date:  October 2020

No. of positions available: 1

Supervisor:  Dr M Munoz-Herranz

Project description: 

Applications are welcome for this PhD project in the School of Chemistry to work in the research group of Dr María Paz Muñoz in collaboration with Dr María Marín (School of Chemistry), Prof Robinson (School of Environmental Sciences) and Dr García-Martín (National Oceanographic Centre). The project aims to develop novel fluorometric assays that will overcome the drawbacks of, and therefore compete with, the commercially available colorimetric assays currently used to evaluate the potential of newly developed drugs, for cell viability studies and to study the respiration of marine organisms that are involved in climate mediation. The PhD student will be involved in the synthesis of novel fluorescent probes and the development of the biological assays in the medicinal and marine environment, towards commercialisation. The student will acquire a complete training in chemistry, including medicinal and marine chemistry, transferable skills and the knowledge to transfer academic ideas to industry.

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Type of programme: PhD

Studentship length: funded for 3 years

Person Specification: 

Entry requirements: acceptable first degree in Chemistry or related discipline. The standard minimum entry requirement is 2:1.

Funding notes: 

Competition funded. Funding is available for 3 years.

This PhD project is in a competition for a Faculty of Science funded studentship. Funding is available to UK/EU applicants and comprises home/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of £15,009 for 3 years.

Overseas applicants may apply but they are required to fund the difference between home/EU and overseas tuition fees (which for 2019-20 are detailed on the University’s fees pages at

Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual increase.

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