Research Studentship:Exploring the Clinical Potential of Matrix Metalloproteinases as Biomarkers of Pulmonary Disease, UK

Research Scholarship, Division of RespiratoryMedicine, University Of Nottingham
Job Description: Applications are invited from UK/EU students for a CASE studentship funded by the Medical Research Council and industry (Mologic) through the University of Nottingham. The studentship aims to explore the potential of matrix metalloproteinases to be used as biomarkers in pulmonary diseases including COPD, Cystic Fibrosis and LAM. Supported by a full-time nurse collecting clinical samples from patients, the project will use established techniques including qRT-PCR, Western blotting, zymography and quench fluorescence assays while developing a novel lateral flow assay with the industry partner.
The student will be supervised jointly by Professor Alan Knox and Professor Paul Davis (Mologic) with components supervised by Dr Simon Johnson, Dr Charlotte Bolton and Dr Doug Forrester. Based in the Divisions of Respiratory Medicine and Therapeutics and Molecular Medicine, components of the Nottingham Respiratory Biomedical Research Unit, the student will join a vibrant, multidisciplinary team focused on furthering our understanding of the molecular basis of airway disease. This project is designed to incorporate time at Mologic, a growing technology company with a track record of University collaboration in training and mentoring students. The successful student will be registered for a PhD.
This studentship is available from September/October 2010 for a period of three years and provides an uplifted postgraduate stipend of £15,989 in year one with increments in line with Research Council Rates. The MRC/CASE Studentship scheme also has travel and conference costs allocated to it.

Students must have at least a 2.1 UK degree or equivalent in molecular biology or biochemistry (or related discipline).

Informal enquires may be addressed to Dr D Forrester, tel: 0115 823 1712 Email: [email protected]

Applications with a detailed CV, together with the names and addresses of three referees, should be sent to Dr Doug Forrester, Respiratory Biomedical Research Unit, Clinical Sciences Building, University of Nottingham, City Hospital, Edwards Lane, NG5 1PB. Email: [email protected]

Please quote ref. MED/772.
Closing Date: 20 August 2010

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