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PhD scholarship in regenerative neurobiology (available now!)
We invite applications from exceptional graduate students seeking to undertake a PhD in regenerative neurobiology starting in 2018.
- The PhD candidate will join Dr Merson's group to examine how age-related epigenetic changes in neural stem and progenitor cells influence their capacity to remyelinate the brain.
- The successful PhD candidate will be granted an RTP Stipend (formerly Australian Postgraduate Award), 2017 rate A$26,682 p.a. for three years, with a possible 6 month extension.
- For this particular scholarship, applicants must be Australian residents.
Other PhD projects (International and local students)
We have a number of other PhD projects available in the lab:
- mapping myelin turnover in the central nervous system
- defining the role of electrical activity in regulating remyelination of the brain
- understanding how myelin topography is established in white matter
- examining the influence of oligodendrocyte pathology on axonal energy metabolism
- defining the in vivo stem cell niche for myelin formation
- using in vivo fate-mapping to identify drugs that promote remyelination
- high content screening of agents that influence oligodendrocyte production and myelination
- ex vivo analysis of oligodendrocyte development using organotypic brain slices
- generation of viruses for manipulating oligodendrocyte progenitor cells in vivo
Undergraduate students with excellent undergraduate academic performance are encouraged to contact Dr Merson about pursuing a summer scholarship in the group. This is a great way to get some lab experience and increase your options for further research.
Students enrolled in this subject through the Department of Anatomy & Developmental Biology at Monash University can elect Dr Merson as their academic supervisor and complete a research project in the Merson Group. Students will work on a research project to obtain data, complete a final report and will give a series of oral presentations on their work. Students will also undertake an informal written open-book exam comprising 3 brief essays based on weekly tutorials.
Exceptional PhD graduates who have completed a PhD in patch clamp electrophysiology are encouraged to contact Dr Merson about pursuing a postdoctoral project examining neuron-oligodendrocyte interactions.
Please email Dr Merson to express your interest: tobias.merson[at]monash.edu