PhD Scholarship Opportunity in Obesity
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Location: Clayton campus
Supervisor: Tony Tiganis, Metabolic Disease and Obesity 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 and Human Disease Lab (www.med.monash.edu.au/biochem/labs/tiganis/) is seeking an enthusiastic student to conduct research on the central nervous system (CNS) control of energy expenditure in obesity.
It is now well appreciated that adipocytes are not simply fat storage cells, but can be subdivided into white, brown and 'beige' cells, with the capacity to store (white) or burn (brown & beige) fat. Together, these cells are fundamentally important in the control energy balance and whole-body adiposity. The abundance of beige adipocytes is diminished in obesity and stimulating their development holds promise for the treatment of obesity and metabolic disease. Recent studies from our laboratory have highlighted the importance of the hypothalamus in the CNS in controlling the abundance of 'beige' fat and energy expenditure. The project will use cutting-edge techniques including pharmacogenetic and stereotactic surgery to modulate neural circuitry and mouse genetics to determine how the 'CNS-beige adipocyte axis' may be subverted to perturb energy balance and exacerbate the development of obesity.
Exceptional graduate students with a high level (H1) Honours degree (or equivalent) in Physiology, Neuroscience, 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.
Please send your applications to: Tony.Tiganis@monash.edu
For more details about the project please contact:
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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