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International PhD Academy 1+3 programme

University of Leeds
Leeds, United Kingdom
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International PhD Academy 1+3 programme

International PhD Academy at the University of Leeds

Are you looking for direct entry to a PhD programme in Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease? If you have, or expect to obtain, a 2.1 (or equivalent) relevant BSc degree or higher then our International PhD Academy will be of interest to you.

This new Academy, based in the School of Medicine at the University of Leeds, is particularly suitable for international students with their own available funding who have minimal research experience. It is focused on bespoke, personalised training and support.

Four-year basic science/population studies PhD studentships are available for entry in Sept/Oct. There will be up to 5 places available.

Projects include:

The impact of obesity and metabolic disturbance on oocyte health and fertility. Helen Picton, John Huntriss

Evaluation Of The Therapeutic Potential Of In Vitro-Derived Oocytes For Fertility Preservation. Helen Picton, John Huntriss

MicroRNAs and placental vascular development and function in diabetic pregnancy. Karen Forbes, Eleanor Scott, Nigel Simpson

The role of NLRP family proteins in the development of the oocyte and preimplantation embryo. John Huntriss, Helen Picton

The role of RNA methylation in the development of the oocyte and preimplantation embryo. John Huntriss, Helen Picton

Non-mendelian effects on offspring phenotype: origins and characterisation of small RNAs of sperm from mice. David Miller, Karen Forbes, Julie Aspden

Bioengineering and evaluation of synthetic ovaries for fertility preservation. Helen Picton, John Huntriss, Virginia Pensebene

Endothelial Piezo1 channels of human placenta and their physiological roles. Jian Shi, Lara Morley, Melanie Ludlow, Nigel Simpson, David Beech

A full  list of available projects can be found here: www.cardiovascular.leeds.ac.uk/opportunities/academy-proposals.php

The programme is led by Dr Karen Porter and supported by a course administrator and management team. They will be there to assist with your development from day one and to answer any questions you may have as you proceed through your time in the academy. Our open door policy and emphasis on the importance of shared knowledge ensures easy access to any assistance you require.

You will be given regular feedback about your progress, which will be provided at monthly meetings with supervisors and the programme lead.

The foundation year (Year 1) includes induction and basic training, a set programme of teaching plus a full complement of modules that will be prepared on an individualised basis once your needs have been discussed, designed to provide you with all the necessary skills and support to complete your PhD here at the University of Leeds. You will spend two 12 week intervals working on two different research investigations and will then progress to your main project, contributing to research as you learn.

Bespoke training will be delivered in a complementary manner to the taught component.

Your individualised training plan will be agreed within the first month of the course as the outcome of discussion with your supervisory team and the programme manager.

Year 2 You will focus exclusively on your PhD project with ongoing training as required.

Year 3 you will continue to work on your project, with any additional support/training as required.

Year 4 will be a progression of Years 2 and 3, during which you will commence the writing up of your thesis, ready for submission.

Applications are welcome from individuals with, or expecting to obtain, at least a 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in a relevant to your proposed field of research such as biological or physical sciences or aligned subject.

Course website:

Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine
University of Leeds
Clarendon Way
United Kingdom

Phone: 0113
E-mail: Contact Dr Karen Porter
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