Deadline: 2016-01-11
Value of Scholarship: Plymouth
Level Of Study: PhD

3 Year PhD Studentship

Title: Molecular mechanism controlling epidermal keratinocyte differentiation           

Reference: PUPSMD‑12R2‑QR-15-16

Start date  April 2016

Director of Studies: Dr Bing Hu

2nd Supervisor: Professor Oliver Hanemann

3rd Supervisor:  Dr Shouqing Lou 

The Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine & Dentistry are seeking to attract PhD candidates of outstanding ability to join their exciting and rapidly expanding programme of internationally-rated research.  The Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine & Dentistry are committed to research excellence.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified graduates, 2:1 or above, and preferably a relevant MSc or MRes qualification. Candidate with cancer research background is welcome but is not obligatory. International students must also have an IELTS score of 7.0 or above (or equivalent qualification).

This PhD project focuses on the transcriptional regulation of keratinocyte differentiation pathways and is essentially part of a BBSRC funded research project. The student will work closely with a research fellow using in vitro and in vivo models to illustrate the mechanism of cell differentiation and cancer initiation. The student will receive profound trainings on histology, cellular and molecular biology, transgenic animal models as well as translational studies using state-of-the-art facilities provided by Dr Bing Hu’s group and the institute. The student will also receive opportunities to participate and present in the key international stem cells and cancer conferences. More information about Dr Bing Hu’s group can be found at:

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Funding Notes:
The stipend will be £14,057 (based on full time 15/16 rate). Tuition fees will be paid at the home/EU rate. Candidates who are not eligible for Home/EU fees will be liable for the difference between ‘home student fees’ and ‘international student fees’. For the 15/16 academic year the difference in fee is £23,350.  If you are selected you will be required to provide financial assurances.

If you wish to discuss this project further informally, please contact Dr Bing Hu email: However, applications must be made in accordance with the details shown below.

General information about applying for a research degree at Plymouth University is available at:

You can apply via the online application form which can be found at: and click ‘Apply’.

Please mark it FAO Bernice Wilmshurst, quote the reference number and clearly state that you are applying for a PhD studentship within the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine & Dentistry.

For more information on the admissions process contact Bernice Wilmshurst:

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 11th January 2016.

Previous applicants need not apply.  Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview.  We regret that we may not be able to respond to all applications.  Applicants who have not received an offer of a place by 29th March 2016 should consider their application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

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