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Gee Research Blog

Dating Mammalian Evolution

Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:14:37 +0000

When the age of the dinosaurs ended around 65 million years ago, mammals stepped in to fill the gap, and the age of the placentals began. However, whether early placental mammals were already present on Earth before the demise of the dinosaurs has been the subject of a long standing debate. Recent research in GEE [...]

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The Delicate Balance of Effect and Response

Tue, 18 Feb 2014 11:50:36 +0000

We may not always be aware of it, but many wild plants, animals, fungi and even bacteria, provide crucial services to us which keep the ecosystems of Earth functioning. Environmental changes caused by human activities are now threatening many species, and those that cannot withstand these changes may be lost forever, potentially taking the services [...]

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It’s All in the Wrist

Fri, 20 Dec 2013 16:18:20 +0000

The evolution of the primate wrist has been dramatic, enabling primates to adapt to a wide variety of lifestyles and walking styles, including tree-swinging, climbing and terrestrial walking both on four legs and two. In hominids, the evolution of the bipedal gait freed up the forelimbs for tool use, and the wrist evolved independently from [...]

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The Transcriptional Profile of A ‘Wingman’

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:25:48 +0000

In many species, males have special adaptations to attract females. From antlers to stalk-eyes, to bright plumage and beards, males across the animal kingdom work hard to look attractive to the opposite sex. In some species, looking good isn’t enough, though. Male wild turkeys need a less attractive ‘wingman’ to help him attract a woman. [...]

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Damage and Fidelity: The Role of the Female Germline in mtDNA Inheritance

Mon, 11 Nov 2013 15:13:12 +0000

Billions of years ago, one single-celled organism engulfed another, beginning a symbiotic interaction that would change live on Earth forever. The mitochondria are what remains of this symbiotic event, and are responsible for producing energy in all eukaryotic cells. Derived from a free-living organism, they carry their own genes, but these genes are at risk [...]

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PhD Opportunities

PhD opportunities are regularly updated on this section of the website. Our department hosts students participating in a number of doctoral training programmes funded by research councils. These programmes as well as other funded opportunities are advertised in this space when applications are open. Interested candidates could also make informal enquiries with individual members of the academic staff throughout the year to express their interest and enquire about potential opportunities for postgraduate research.

4 year PhD studentship - transcriptional regulation of ageing in Drosophila melanogaster

Project

Ageing and the associated functional decline are of increasing medical, social and economic importance. Research on the biology of ageing (biogerontology) aims to discover mechanisms that could be harnessed to improve human health and quality of life in old age. Genetic, pharmacological or environmental interventions have recently been discovered that delay ageing. Importantly, these interventions also protect against diverse aspects of ageing-related loss of function, revealing that there is a common underlying ageing process that could be targeted to improve lifelong heath and wellbeing in humans.

This project will examine how genetically or pharmacologically induced changes to gene expression, at the level of transcriptional regulation, extend healthy lifespan in Drosophila melanogaster. To explore this question the student will use a broad range of techniques, including fly genetics and physiology, molecular biology, microscopy, protein chemistry and genomics. The student will gain a broad training in basic biogerontology that will prove relevant to a career in any of the currently relevant aspects of ageing and ageing related-disease.

The UCL Institute of Healthy Ageing is a world class centre of excellence for research on the biology of ageing and ageing-related diseases. Our primary purpose is to bring together researchers working in biogerontology with those working to understand the causes of ageing-related disease. By merging the two, we aim to develop a new translational biogerontology using the ageing process as a point of intervention to protect against the diseases of old age.

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the standard UCL entry requirements. For more information please see: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply/taught/entry-requirements

Successful applicants will have a proven track record of academic excellence, with at least an upper 2nd Honours degree (obtained or expected) or a Master's degree (Merit or Distinction) in a relevant subject area. Relevant prior laboratory experience is an advantage, but not essential.

Funding Notes

For funding reasons the studentship is open to European Union/UK students only.

The 4-year studentship includes an annual tax-free stipend of approx. £15,863 (2014/15 rate) plus university fees at the EU/UK rate.

How to Apply

Applications should include a CV including academic achievements and contact details of two referees, and a cover letter outlining the motivation, interest and suitability for the project. Applications should be sent to n.alic@ucl.ac.uk before 30th of April 2014.


Interviews will be conducted in May with a PhD start date in September 2014.

BBSRC funded PhD Opportunities

GEE is a centre of excellence for interdisciplinary bioscience research. Our department is part of the BBSRC London Interdisciplinary Biosciences PhD Consortium and offers an outstanding environment for PhD research. GEE principal investigators offer PhD projects through BBSRC London Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme (LIDo). For information on GEE interdisciplinary research visit our research webpages.

The BBSRC LIDo recruits new PhD students annually. Invitations for applications will be advertised here when open.

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The BBSRC London Interdisciplinary Biosciences PhD Consortium brings together six of the world’s leading academic institutions. The programme covers all levels of biology, from molecules through to cells and whole animal physiology. We are looking for students who are interested in using approaches from different disciplines and scientific areas to address cutting-edge biological problems. This programme is aimed at graduates with a strong interest in multi-disciplinary research. Applications are invited from students with a background in biological, physical, computational, engineering or mathematical sciences.

For more information about the programme and the application process visit the BBSRC London Interdisciplinary Biosciences PhD Consortium

NERC funded PhD opportunities

GEE is a centre of excellence for environmental science research. GEE offers an outstanding environment for NERC-funded PhD training. Applications for the 2014 PhD intake through the London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)  are now closed. The London NERC DTP recruits new PhD students annually. Invitations for applications will be advertised here when open.

NERC

The NERC DTP brings together nine of the world’s leading research centres in environmental science. The program adopted an integrated approach to training environmental scientists in ways that cross the boundaries between established disciplines and will train 120 new environmental scientists over the next five years. As well as advanced research training students will receive training in the essential professional and transferable skills needed in today’s society. 

In total the Partnership is offering up to 34 fully funded PhD studentships in the following research themes:

  • Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology;
  • Earth Dynamics;
  • Environmental Pollution;
  • Natural and Biological Hazards;
  • Past Life and Environments;
  • and the multi-disciplinary Earth-Life System Integration


Details of illustrative projects offered from GEE supervisors.

For details of the application process visit the London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership

Available PhD Studentships in Biological Sciences


The Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment (GEE) invites applications from outstanding students for UCL Graduate Research Scholarships and Overseas Research Scholarships.

GEE is a vibrant research department in a central London location. Our department brings together scientists with shared interests in genetics, bioinformatics, evolution and biodiversity. We use integrative approaches to understand biological systems from theoretical, molecular and systems perspectives.

Candidates should contact a potential supervisor to discuss projects.

Within the department PhD opportunities are in these areas:

  • Biodiversity & Environmental Biology
  • Biology of Ageing
  • Computational Biology
  • Evolutionary Genetics
  • Evolution & Development
  • Human Genetics & Human Evolution
  • Systems Biology
Candidates, from any country, with an excellent background in a relevant science (first or high upper second class BSc degree, minimum) are invited to apply. Full details (including downloadable application form & guidance documents) at:

UK & EU Students
International Students

GEE can nominate two applicants to be considered for UCL's Research Scholarships schemes.

How to Apply

Applications to be sent to: Dr Julia Day or Dr Lazaros Foukas Department of Genetics, Evolution & Environment
, University College London, 
Darwin Building, 
Gower Street,
 London WC1E 6BT

Deadline 

17 January 2014

Other Job Opportunities at UCL

For job opportunities outside GEE, please visit UCL's main vacancies pages

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