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Molecular Endocrinology

Applications are invited for a partially funded PhD Studentship. The student working on this project will investigate the role of novel hormones in the human placenta and their role in human reproduction.

Project details

The human placenta is a transient endocrine organ that is crucial for the maintenance of pregnancy. The student will:

  • Study the expression at gene, protein level as well as cellular distribution of novel hormones in cell lines and in clinical samples.
  • Use microarrays or RNAseq to identify the key genes that are differentially regulated by these hormones.
  • Dissect further the intracellular signaling in vitro using 3D cultures.

This partially-funded studentship offers bench fees plus Home tuition fees for a maximum of 36 months.  Preferred start date is 1st October 2019.

The work will be conducted in the Department of Life Sciences under the direct supervision of Dr Emmanouil Karteris and in collaboration with clinicians and researchers from other leading UK universities, offering to the student the opportunity to be part of a dynamic research network specialising in molecular and cellular endocrinology. For informal discussions about this studentship, please contact Dr Karteris (Emmanouil.karteris@brunel.ac.uk).


Candidates should have an undergraduate degree (first or upper second class) or equivalent qualification in degree in biology, biochemistry, biotechnology or similar disciplines. A Masters qualification in in biochemistry, cellular and/or molecular biology is highly desirable. Experience in mammalian cell culturing, qPCR and protein analyses is essential.  Applicants who have not been awarded a degree by a University in the UK will be expected to demonstrate English language skills to IELTS 7.0 (minimum 6.0 in any section). This studentship is open to Home/EU students only.

How to apply

If you wish to apply, please e-mail the following to chls-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk Midday Monday 24th June 2019.

  • An up-to-date CV.
  • A single-page A4 single-spaced personal statement stating the name of PhD being applied for and setting out why you are a suitable candidate (i.e. outlining your qualifications and skills).
  • One example of your academic writing (e.g. an essay, a section from an undergraduate or Masters Dissertation).
  • A summary of your teaching experience or the teaching activities you feel you could support.
  • Names and contact details for two academic referees.
  • A copy of your highest degree certificate and transcript.
  • A copy of your English language qualification, where applicable.

Short-listed applicants will be required to attend an interview week commencing 15th of July 2019. Applicants chosen for interview will be instructed to submit a formal online application via Admissions. 

For further information about how to apply, please contact the College of Health and Life Sciences Postgraduate Research Student Office on chls-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk.

Meet the Supervisor for this Studentship

Dr Emmanouil Karteris - Dr Manos Karteris graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Medical Biochemistry from the University of Surrey in 1995. He then was awarded an MSc with Distinction in Medical Genetics with Immunology from Brunel University London in 1996 and completed his PhD in Molecular Endocrinology from the University of Warwick in 2000. He then undertook post-doctoral appointments at the University of Warwick, including a prestigious VIP Research Fellowship from the Wellcome Trust. He was appointed as Lecturer in Endocrinology at the University of Warwick from 2005-2006 and then he transferred to Brunel University London as a Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences in June 2006. In October 2017 Dr Karteris became a Senior Lecturer in the Division of Biomedical Sciences. He is also the head of the Cancer Biomarkers and Cellular Endocrinology Lab (CBCEL). For more information please visit the lab webpage: www.cbcel.org Qualifications: - BSc Medical Biochemistry, University of Surrey MSc Medical Genetics with Immunology, Brunel University PhD Molecular Endocrinology, University of Warwick PGCert HE & PGCERT IP Law, Brunel University