Course Overview

The area of Cellular and Molecular Biology has developed rapidly during the past decade. It feeds an active biotechnology industry and underpins many recent advances in molecular medicine. This creates strong demand for a new generation of highly skilled researchers with expertise in this area. This PhD programme in Cellular and Molecular Biology addresses this need by providing a structured training programme with the following key features:

  • broad knowledge in the molecular biology of mammalian cells
  • training in relevant advanced technologies
  • multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach
  • meaningful exposure to non-academic sector
  • development of independent and critical thinking
  • development of communication skills

This PhD programme will focus on the molecular mechanisms that maintain cellular homeostasis and on the mechanisms that dictate tissue and organism-level homeostasis. Individual research themes will be selected and developed to address contemporary research questions in these topics. They will address the regulation of these cellular functions at three hierarchical tiers: molecular-, cellular- and supracellular levels. The research themes of the programme include cellular stress responses, mechanisms of cell death, cell survival regulation by the tissue microenvironment; altered cell signalling in the development of disease states. The goal of our research is to promote the understanding of altered cell signalling that drives development of disease, with a view to targeting these processes in cancer and degenerative diseases.

It is envisaged that the students will be well placed to pursue careers in biomedical research or the biotechnology/pharama industry, particularly in areas relating to cancer, degenerative diseases, metabolic disorders and inflammation.

Programmes Available

Structured PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology

Associated

Learning Outcomes

Entry Requirements

At least an upper 2.1 grade in BSc or equivalent in Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Biotechnology or similar relevant subject area.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Current funded research opportunity

  1. Omics technologies to understand the ER stress response
  2. Assessing the potential of IRE1/XBP1s for therapeutics and diagnostics in breast cancer
  3. Targeting ATF6 as an anti-cancer strategy

For information on this lab and more detail of the projects please see www.apoptosis.ie or contact adrienne.gorman@nuigalway.ie

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Career Opportunities

Find a Supervisor / PhD Project

If you are still looking for a potential supervisor or PhD project or would like to identify the key research interests of our academic staff and researchers, you can use our online portal to help in that search

Research Areas

The over-arching research is in the general area of cell signaling, particularly as it relates to biochemical mechanisms that maintain cellular homeostasis. The particular research areas of interest include cellular stress responses, proteostasis, mechanisms of cell death, cell survival regulation by the tissue microenvironment and altered cell signalling in the development of disease states. The driving goal of our research is to promote the understanding of altered cell signalling that drives development of disease, with a view to targeting these processes in cancer and degenerative diseases. 

Researcher Profiles

Professor Afshin Samali
www.nuigalway.ie/biochemistry/staff/samali/index.html

Dr Adrienne Gorman
www.nuigalway.ie/biochemistry/staff/gorman/index.html

Dr Eva Szegezdi
www.nuigalway.ie/biochemistry/staff/szegezdi/index_szegezdi.html

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,750 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€14,750 p.a. 2018/19

Contact Us

Adrienne Gorman
E: adrienne.gorman@nuigalway.ie
www.apoptosis.ie
www.nuigalway.ie/biochemistry/staff/gorman/

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