Four year MRes/PhD programme – intake 2014



Four year MRes/PhD programme – intake 2014

Outstanding research training will be provided at the internationally recognised MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology, utilising state-of-the-art techniques in various model systems. Applications are welcomed from a wide range of academic backgrounds: from molecular and cellular biology, embryology, developmental biology, electrophysiology, computational neuroscience to the physical and mathematical sciences.

  • Year 1 – MRes: three lab rotations, a taught course, seminars and workshops run by leading experts
  • Year 2-4 – PhD: an original research project, transferable skills, seminars and conferences

Projects are available with the following group leaders:

  • Laura Andreae – Synaptogenesis and neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Esther Bell – Molecular mechanisms of neural induction
  • Eric Blanc – Development of software for Drosophila climbing assay
  • Juan Burrone – Synaptic physiology and plasticity
  • QueeLim Ch’ng – Neuroendocrine regulation of C. elegans physiology
  • David Chambers – Patterning and specification of cranial motor neurons
  • Jon Clarke – Morphogenesis and neurogenesis in the zebrafish CNS
  • Uwe Drescher – Molecular analysis of the development of neural circuits
  • Manolis Fanto – Neuron-glia interactions in neurodegeneration in Drosophila
  • Caroline Formstone – Organisation of neuronal behaviour via PCP signalling
  • Phillip Gordon-Weeks – Cytoskeletal dynamics and growth cone pathfinding
  • Anthony Graham – The neural crest and neurogenic placodes
  • Matthew Grubb – Activity-dependent control of neuronal excitability
  • Sarah Guthrie – Motor neuron development and diseases
  • Robert Hindges – Synaptic specificity in the vertebrate visual system
  • Corinne Houart – Signalling centres in control of forebrain complexity
  • Tara Keck – Mechanisms of structural plasticity
  • Clemens Kiecker – Transcriptional control of vertebrate forebrain development
  • Camilla Larsen – Patterning of sub-regions in the Drosophila brain
  • Ivo Lieberam – ES cell-based models of neuromuscular circuits
  • Eugene Makeyev – Post-transcriptional control of neural development and function
  • Martin Meyer – Development and function of the zebrafish visual system
  • Setsuko Sahara – Differentiation of neural progenitors in the cortex
  • Rita Sousa-Nunes – Neural stem cell transformation and cancer
  • Guy Tear – Molecular mechanisms of axon guidance in Drosophila
  • Ian Thompson – Development of the mammalian visual system
  • Darren Williams – Dendrite development in Drosophila
  • Richard Wingate – Development of cerebellar-like circuits
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For more details go to www.kcl.ac.uk/depsta/biomedical/mrc/phd.php

MRC eligibility criteria can be found at:
http://www.mrc.ac.uk/Fundingopportunities/Applicanthandbook/Studentships/Eligibility/index.htm

NB an additional, and separate, route for applications to the Programme (as well as to individual projects) is through KCL Health Schools Studentships (www.kcl.ac.uk/studentships).

Candidates should have or expect at least an upper second class degree. Closing date for applications is 6th January 2014. To apply send a full CV, the names and contact details of two academic referees and personal statement of your interest in this programme to Ms Ellen Siu at [email protected], MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology, New Hunt’s House, King’s College London, Guy’s Campus, London SE1 1UL.


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