UK : Four year PhD programme - 2010 MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology

Outstanding research training will be provided at the internationally recognised MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology, utilising state-of-the-art techniques in various model systems. Applications are welcomed from a wide range of academic backgrounds; from molecular and cellular biology, embryology to developmental biology, electrophysiology and computational neuroscience.

Year 1: three lab rotations, a taught developmental neurobiology course, seminars and workshops run by leading experts in the field
Year 2-4: research project, transferable skills, seminars and conferences

Projects are available with the following group leaders:
Esther Bell
Eric Blanc
Juan Burrone
QueeLim Ch'ng
David Chambers
Jon Clarke
Uwe Drescher
Britta Eickholt
Manolis Fanto
Phillip Gordon-Weeks
Anthony Graham
Matthew Grubb
Sarah Guthrie
Robert Hindges
Corinne Houart
Tara Keck
Robert Knight
Camilla Larsen
Ivo Lieberam
Andrew Lumsden
Ivor Mason
Martin Meyer
Guy Tear
Ian Thompson
Darren Williams
Richard Wingate
Molecular mechanism of neural induction
Co-expression in Drosophila melanogaster
Synaptic physiology and plasticity
Neuroendocrine regulation of C. elegans physiology
Patterning and specification of cranial motor neurons
Morphogenesis and neurogenesis in the zebrafish CNS
Axon guidance in the vertebrate visual system
Signalling mechanisms controlling circuit formation
Neuronal and glial degeneration in Drosophila
Cytoskeletal dynamics and growth cone pathfinding
The neural crest and neurogenic placodes
Activity-dependent maturation in the olfactory bulb
Axon guidance of cranial motor neurons
Axon pathfinding and synaptogenesis during development
Mechanisms of forebrain fate specification
Mechanisms of structural plasticity
Cranial neuromuscular development
Patterning of sub-regions in the drosophila brain
Generation and regeneration of respiratory motor circuitry
Molecular control of neural patterning
Signalling mechanisms in brain development
Visual system development in the zebrafish
Molecular mechanisms of axon guidance in Drosophila
Development of the mammalian visual system
Dendrite development in Drosophila
Neuron migration and evolution of the cerebellum

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How to apply: Send a full CV, the names and contact details of two academic referees and personal statement of your interest in this programme to:
Mrs Stefania Boscolo, Postgraduate Administrator, MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology, New Hunt's House, King's College London, Guy's Campus, London SE1 1UL.
Candidates should have or expect at least an upper second class degree. Closing date for applications is 8 January 2010. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview in early February 2010.
Queries should be emailed to Please note that the eligibility criteria for MRC Studentships can be found

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