2013 PhD Scholarship in Retinal Research at University of Sydney in Australia

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University of Sydney announces postgraduate research scholarship. The scholarship is being funded in the field of Health Sciences under the title ‘PhD Scholarship in the Retinal Research’ at Save Sight Institute. Applicant applying for the scholarship should have a good honours degree in Biomedical Science or related field. Applicants should have solid knowledge/skills/experience in cell biology and molecular biology, a particular interest in Ophthalmic or neuroscience research.

Study Subject(s): Research projects in the Macular Research Group are focused on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of Müller glial-neuronal-vascular interactions in retinal diseases.
Course Level: This scholarship is available for pursuing postgraduate research level at University of Sydney.
Scholarship Provider: University of Sydney
Scholarship can be taken at: Australia

Eligibility: The candidate should have a good honours degree in Biomedical Science or related field. Applicants should have solid knowledge/skills/experience in cell biology and molecular biology, a particular interest in Ophthalmic or neuroscience research. Applicants must be Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or New Zealand citizens.

Scholarship Open for International Students: The Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or New Zealand citizens can apply for the scholarship.

Scholarship Description: Research projects in the Macular Research Group are focused on the cellular and molecular mechanismsSave Sight Institute of Müller glial-neuronal-vascular interactions in retinal diseases. The group has made significant contributions to modelling retinal disease both in vivo and in vitro, and has recently successfully constructed a transgenic mouse in which Müller cells can be specifically targeted using a Cre-Lox system in order to study the role of Müller cell dysfunction in retinal disease. The results of this study have been published in Journal of Neuroscience (Shen W et al. 2012;32:15715–15727). A full time postgraduate scholarship is available in the Macular Research group in 2013. The research project can be related to any aspect of the cellular and molecular mechanisms of Müller glial-neuronal-vascular interactions and exploration of approaches for neuroprotection and inhibition of blood-retinal barrier breakdown in the transgenic model.

Number of awards: Not Known

Duration of awards: The scholarship is offered in 2013 and may be renewed for up to another two years, subject to satisfactory progress. A top-up scholarship for 3 years will be available to successful NHMRC/APA/UPA applicants.

What does it cover? The scholarship is valued at $24,653 in 2013 (tax exempt) and may be renewed for up to another two years. A top-up scholarship to the value of $15,000 pa for 3 years will be available to successful NHMRC/APA/UPA applicants.

How to Apply: Applications including electronic copies of updated curriculum vitae, academic transcript and the names and contact details of at least two referees should be sent directly to Dr. Weiyong Shen and Prof. Mark Gillies via email at weiyong.shen-at-sydney.edu.au.

Scholarship Application Deadline: Applications should be submitted till May 11, 2013.

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