PhD Scholarship Opportunity in Immunology
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Location: Clayton campus
Supervisor: Tony Tiganis, Infection & Immunity Program, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Monash University.
Duration: 3 years
Remuneration: A $5000 per annum top-up supplement will be provided to APA scholarship holders and/or to successful applicants for a Biomedicine Graduate Program Scholarship of ~$26,288 p.a. (tax free, indexed annually) over 3 years.
The Cellular Signalling & Human Disease Lab (www.med.monash.edu.au/biochem/labs/tiganis/) is seeking an enthusiastic student to conduct research on the role of protein phosphatases in T cell immunology and autoimmunity.
Genome wide-association studies have identified PTPN2 (encoding the protein phosphatase TCPTP) as an important non-major histocompatibility complex gene for the development of autoimmune diseases. Single nucleotide polymorphisms in PTPN2 have been linked with the development of Crohns, rheumatoid arthritis and type 1 diabetes. The Cellular Signalling & Human Disease Lab has shown that TCPTP is instrumental in tuning T cell responses so that T cells can differentiate self from non-self. The project will use cutting-edge techniques including flow cytometry, mass spectrometry and high resolution microscopy and take advantage of animal models available in the laboratory to dissect the molecular mechanism(s) by which TCPTP establishes T cell tolerance and prevents autoimmunity.
Exceptional graduate students with a high level (H1) Honours degree (or equivalent) in Biochemistry, Immunology, Cell Biology or a related discipline are encouraged to apply. The scholarship is open to Australian and New Zealand citizens or permanent residents only and is funded at the rate of the Australian Postgraduate award.
Details of eligibility requirements to undertake the PhD are available at http://www.monash.edu.au/migr/research-degrees/
A $5000 per annum top-up supplement will be provided to APA scholarship holders and/or to successful applicants for a Biomedicine Graduate Program Scholarship of ~$26,288 p.a. (tax free, indexed annually) over 3 years.
To apply, please ensure you include with your application:
- a cover letter including a brief outline (1 page) detailing your interest in, and suitability for, the project
- a detailed curriculum vitae including academic transcript(s)
- names and contact details of 2 academic referees.
For more details about the project please contact: Tony.Tiganis@monash.edu
Professor Tony Tiganis
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
23 Innovation Walk (Building 77)
Monash University, Clayton campus, Victoria 3800
P: +61 3 990 29332
Sunday 4 December 2016
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