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  Modelling neurodegenerative disorders in Drosophila

Royal Holloway, University of London    Department of Biological Sciences

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We use the fruit-fly Drosophila to study different aspects of human neurodegenerative diseases such as Motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s disease, Frontotemporal dementia and others. Our main goals are to a) understand the molecular underpinning of these disorders, and b) identify novel molecular targets and therapeutic approaches for future treatment using molecular, biochemical, imaging, functional and bioinformatic tools and analyses. The most promising genetic or pharmacological interventions identified in flies will then be tested in suitable human-derived and mouse disease models.  

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Entry Requirements

Candidates are expected to hold (or be about to obtain) a minimum upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in a related area /subject. Candidates with experience in molecular biology, biochemistry, computational modelling/bioinformatics, electrophysiology or Drosophila genetics are particularly encouraged to apply.

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