Location University of Newcastle, Hunter Medical Research Institute
App. deadline Applications accepted year round/until filled
  • Scholarship available
Eligibility Open to international applicants

Understanding how innate lymphoid cells regulate mammalian lung development

Project description: This project aims to identify new basic biological processes that are involved in mammalian lung development. For this we will elucidate the roles of a recently described subset of innate immune cells, known as innate lymphoid cells (ILCs), to promote normal lung development through the regulation of stem cells. The lung is constantly exposed to countless environmental challenges. Mammalian systems have evolved a local immune system that protects the lung against these challenges. This is particularly important in early-life when the lung is still developing. In ground-breaking studies, we have discovered new processes that regulate ILC homeostasis and that challenges in early-life impair ILC homeostasis and result in a loss of stem cells, and abnormal lung development. The logical and important next step is to understand the contribution of ILCs to these processes.
Position: PHD scholarship, 3.5 years – full time
Location: Hunter Medical Research Institute and The University of Newcastle, Australia
Time frame: 30/06/2017 - 30/12/2020 (negotiable)
Key skills and qualifications: Enthusiastic, dedicated researcher with an honours or masters degree in Immunology, respiratory medicine, developmental biology or related field. Experience with experimental mouse models, flow cytometry, cell and molecular biology is ideal. 

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