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The Regulation of Morphogenesis in Drosophila

Important description
A PhD studentship is available in the newly established laboratory of Dr Marcus Bischoff at the Biomedical Sciences Research Complex (BSRC), School of Biology, University of St Andrews. The BSRC is an interdisciplinary complex, which houses a broad range of scientists from the Schools of Biology, Chemistry, Physics & Astronomy and Medicine.

Our laboratory is interested in the mechanisms underlying morphogenesis during animal development. To shape tissues and organs, cells perform different behaviours, such as migration and shape changes. We study these behaviours during the morphogenesis of the adult abdominal epidermis of Drosophila using in vivo 4D microscopy. This cutting-edge approach allows us to quantitatively analyse the behaviour of each individual cell in this complex morphogenetic process (Bischoff and Cseresnyes, Development 136, 2403-11 (2009)). Building on earlier studies (Bischoff, Dev Biol 363, 179-90 (2012)), the aim of the studentship is to gain a deeper understanding of the mechanisms underlying the behaviour of the larval epithelial cells. To tackle this problem, the student will use state-of-the-art in vivo imaging, quantitative analysis tools, various cell biological techniques and Drosophila

We are seeking a highly motivated individual who holds a minimum of an upper second class degree in Biology or a related area and has a keen interest in cell biology, genetics and microscopy. Practical experience in working with Drosophila is desirable.

We offer a collaborative and supportive research environment at Scotland’s first university, which provides top-level training and excellent imaging facilities. In addition, the University of St Andrews offers a large range of courses in transferable skills such as science communication, managing your supervisor, ethics, intellectual property etc.

Eligibility and other criteria
This research project is one of a number of projects at this institution. It is in competition for funding with one or more of these projects. Usually the project which receives the best applicant will be awarded the funding. The funding is available to citizens of a number of European countries (including the UK). In most cases this will include all EU nationals. However full funding may not be available to all applicants and you should read the full department and project details for further information.

Application deadline
*30 April 2013

Additional information, and important URL
The University-funded PhD studentship is available for 3 years, starting from October 2013 and is open to all UK and EU citizens.
Informal inquiries should be addressed to Marcus Bischoff (mb628@cam.ac.uk)

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