|Location:||Newcastle upon Tyne|
|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students, International Students|
|Placed On:||17th February 2023|
|Closes:||14th April 2023|
100% of home tuition fees paid and an annual stipend (living expenses) of £17,668. Successful international (including EU) candidates will be required to fund the difference between the home fees and international fees.
Are you interested in developing novel bioinformatics technologies to analyse data generated from cutting edge genomics technologies? Advances in single cell and spatial transcriptomic technologies have the potential to revolutionise our understanding of disease and development but there is currently a deficit in specialised bioinformatics tools to mine these rich datasets. The aim of this PhD is to develop novel bioinformatics methods which will be applied to the study of the human retina and to elucidate processes that underpin development and provide insights into causes of blindness.
The retina is a complex and fascinating structure at the back of the eye made up of many distinct cell types all of which derive from progenitor cells. You will develop cell lineage tracing methods, to track the transition between progenitor and specialised cell types, using naturally occurring somatic mutations within existing single cell datasets. You will evaluate the multivariate analysis techniques to combine information from multiple mutations to improve lineage tracing methods.
Working with experts in bioinformatics, stem cell technologies, machine learning and AI you will gain expertise in these key areas. We are active members of the Human Cell Atlas (HCA), an ambitious international project to map every cell in the body and your research will contribute directly to this global research.
Number Of Awards
The funding covers a three-year PhD
Application Closing Date
14 April 2023
Newcastle University NUAcT fellowship PhD Studentship
Dr Rachel Queen and Professor Majlinda Lako, Biosciences Institute
You must have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree, or a Masters at grade Merit or above, or international equivalent in an appropriate subject, including: bioinformatics, computational biology, computational statistics, or biomedical sciences.
Applicants whose first language is not English require an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills.
How To Apply
Register and apply through the University’s Apply to Newcastle Portal.
Select ‘Create a Postgraduate Application’ and identify your programme of study using ‘Course Search’, searching for the ‘Course Title’ with the programme code 8420F. Select ‘PhD Biosciences (FT)' as the programme of study.
Provide the following information in the ‘Further Questions’ section:
You will not be able to submit your application until you have submitted the following documents:
For further details, please contact:
Dr Rachel Queen
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 241 8868
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