The role of the microbiome and circulating endothelial cells in the pathobiology of cutaneous renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV)

The project will use state of the art phenotypic and genotypic approaches to study the pathogenesis of CRGV (Alabama rot), a devastating disease of dogs caused by damage to blood vessels of the skin and kidney, ultimately resulting in kidney failure. 

Start date
Ongoing
Duration
3 years
Application deadline
Ongoing
Funding information

Fully funded PhD, stipend of £15,009 per year.

Initial deadline 13 September 2019 or applications accepted all year round.

About

Applications are invited for a prestigious three year Alabama Rot Research Fund, Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists and the University of Surrey (School of Veterinary Medicine) fully funded PhD studentship, commencing in January 2020.

The project will use state of the art phenotypic and genotypic approaches to study the pathogenesis of Alabama Rot (CRGV), a devastating disease of dogs caused by damage to blood vessels of the skin and kidney, ultimately resulting in kidney failure.  The student will work with clinical colleagues to define the role of the microbiome and host factors in the pathogenesis of the disease.

This exceptional research opportunity requires a candidate with an interest in molecular pathogenesis and who has at least a good first degree (2i or above) in a relevant subject such as biology, microbiology, genetics or veterinary medicine. As the project is biased towards microbial sequencing and host cell techniques, evidence of a sound understanding of these procedures would be highly desirable. However, training in microbiology, bioinformatics, molecular biology, cellular pathology, metabolomics and metagenomic approaches will be provided.

The successful applicant will be registered with the University of Surrey and based in the School of Veterinary Medicine with some of the studies undertaken at Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists in Hampshire.

Related links
Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists Alabama Rot Research Fund

Eligibility criteria

Open to UK and EU students only.

A minimum 2:1 degree in a relevant subject such as biology, microbiology, genetics or veterinary medicine.

English language requirements: IELTS overall score of 6.5 with at least a 6 in each component.

How to apply

Apply to this studentship via Veterinary Medicine and Science PhD course page (apply tab). In your application, please mention this studentship to be considered.

We ask that you provide two academic references in your application. 

Veterinary Medicine and Science PhD

Contact details

Roberto La Ragione
01 VSM 02
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 689265
E-mail: R.Laragione@surrey.ac.uk

Research group:

La Ragione Research Group

Associated sites, areas and projects:

  • Infectious disease
  • Host microbe interactions
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Microbiome
  • Microbiology
  • Clinical pathology
  • Pathology

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