|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students, International Students|
|Funding amount:||Fully Funded with Stipend|
|Placed On:||15th March 2023|
|Closes:||27th May 2023|
Coventry University (CU) is inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for a (fully-funded PhD studentship in the Research Centre for Sport, Exercise and Life Sciences (CSELS).
The pituitary lactogenic hormone prolactin (PRL) has well recognized physiological actions in humans and rodents in lactation and reproduction. Accumulating evidence suggests that PRL has a crucial impact on energy and metabolic homeostasis as studies have shown that persistent hyperprolactinemia has emerged as an obesogenic factor. In this sense, the physiological hyperprolactinemia observed in late pregnancy and lactational periods may contribute to the metabolic adaptations to these conditions in the female body. However, whether prolactin has a direct effect on neuronal metabolism requires further investigation.
In collaboration with Dr Mark Turner, Professor Derek Renshaw and Dr Hannah Bridgewater, this project will investigate the impact of prolactin on neuronal metabolism using a hypothalamic cell line subjected to prolactin treatment in vitro and analysing their oxygen consumption. Conditions such as knocking out the PRLR and treatments mimicking the maternal obesogenic environment will also be tested.
The project will provide an opportunity to identify the underlying mechanisms of neuronal metabolism under the effect of prolactin to contribute to the understanding of the central metabolic adaptation that pregnancy and lactation promote to the maternal body.
Entry criteria for applicants to PhD
For further details please visit: https://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/research-opportunities/research-students/making-an-application/research-entry-criteria/
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