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PhD Studentshp - Planar Cell Polarity

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Jun 08, 2016.

We invite applications for a 3-year PhD studentship to start in October 2016 to work with Dr Peter Lawrence and Dr Jose Casal. Animal tissues and organs are formed by different types of cells that are arranged in stereotyped patterns. Although we know much about the mechanisms by which cells acquire different fates, we know very little about how cells interact to arrange themselves to form these patterns. We are suggesting a project that investigates cell affinity, an important but neglected aspect of cell behaviour that is especially relevant to understanding development.

We would like to host a PhD student to work on a project that is related to but not overlapping too closely with our own main project on planar cell polarity. Anyone interested should please read a bit about us (, a review on affinity (R. A. Foty, and M. S. Steinberg. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Developmental Biology 2013 2: 631-645) and also the paper we have written specifically on cell affinity (P.A. Lawrence, J. Casal, G. Struhl. Development 1999 126: 2441-2449). Our experiments suggest a good way into this area using both genetics and genetic mosaics.

Applicants should have at least a 2.1 in an Honours degree or equivalent (e.g CGPA 3.5/4.0) in a relevant subject. Funding is available for a UK/EU student to cover tuition fees and maintenance.

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr.Peter Lawrence before submitting an application. .

Applications should be made on-line via the Cambridge Graduate Admissions Office:

Please quote reference PF09345 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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