If:
a. neuroscience and/or circadian biology interests you
b. you are curious to discover the unknown
c. you enjoy working in a team
d. you live each day as if it was your last
e. you love the beach and all-year sunny and warm weather

THEN APPLY FOR THE BELOW  Ph.D. POSITIONS IN MY LAB!
 

  1. Deciphering the role of clock genes in the communication of photic information to the biological clock. (AVAILABLE NOW!)


    Project:

    The project aims to identify the components and mechanistics involved in resetting the body’s master circadian clock in the suprachiasmatic nucleus. A detailed understanding of how time-cues entrain the biological clock will be key to develop pharmacological approaches that are aimed to enhance our adaptability to temporal environmental changes i.e. adjusting the speed by which our clocks tick.


    Educational Background:

    Jetlag and Social-lag are terms used to describe symptoms associated with the disruption of the body’s “internal clock”. This disruption, or desynchronosis, can occur (1) when flying across multiple time zones, (2) during shiftwork, (3) due to a misalgnment between the body’s internal clock and social time and (4) in diseases and during ageing. The symptoms include loss of appetite, insomnia, mild depression, altered mood, headaches, nausea and reduced physical and mental performance. Jetlag symptoms gradually wear off as the body adapts to the new time zone and social cycles. Thus, accelerating the adaptation process or reinstating circadian rhythms in disease and during ageing means reducing symptomatology and improving the quality of life.


    Scholarship:

    This project is fully funded and inlcudes a scholarship top-up.
     

  2. Sleep and circadian dysfunction in neurodegenerative diseases. (AVAILABLE NOW!)


    Project:

    We have a long-term interdisciplinary research program to study sleep and circadian rhythms in neurodegenerative disorders. The expertise of our collaborative groups spans from chronobiology, neuroscience, pharmacology, to engineering and maths. Together we are working on urgent translational research questions. We are seeking highly motivated, curiosity-driven students interested in joining the team to pursue a Ph.D. in Neuroscience in the area of sleep and circadian rhythms in neurodegeneration and related therapeutic avenues. The Ph.D. candidates will take interest and leadership in formulating scientific questions, develop new techniques, and mechanistic/therapeutic solutions. Training to design experiments and learn new methods will be provided. The Ph.D. candidate will be supported by lab staff. Unique lab skills in emerging fields and initiatives within the broad framework are welcomed.


    Educational Background:

    A BSc. Honours (Class1) or MSc. in science, biomedical sciences, biomedical engineering, neurosciences, biochemistry, or related disciplines is required. Candidates with experience in small animal neuroscience research, biochemistry, animal behaviour, are strongly encouraged to apply.


    Scholarship:

    This project is fully funded and includes a scholarship and top-up funds.
     

  3. Modelling the interaction between sleep and the biological clock in health and disease. (AVAILABLE NOW!)


    Project:

    We have a long-term interdisciplinary research program to study sleep and circadian rhythms in health and disease (e.g., neurodegenerative disorders). The expertise of our collaborative groups spans from chronobiology, neuroscience, and pharmacology. Together we are working on urgent translational research questions. For this project, we are seeking a highly motivated, curiosity-driven student interested in the Neuroscience of sleep and circadian rhythms, specifically on the mathematical modeling of the regulatory interaction between the biological clock and sleep in health and disease. The Ph.D. candidate will take interest and leadership in formulating scientific questions, develop new techniques, and mechanistic/therapeutic solutions. Training to design experiments and learn new methods will be provided. The Ph.D. candidate will be supported by lab staff. We welcome unique lab skills in emerging fields and initiatives within the broad framework.


    Educational Background:

    A bachelor’s in Science, BioMed, Mathematics, Engineering, and Computer science are welcome.


    Scholarship:

    This project is fully funded, scholarships and top-up funds are also available.