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PhD student to study the influence of temperature on cell division - Belgium  

KU Leuven (company)


Posted on : 19 July 2017

Project Description

  • Cold-blooded and warm-blooded animals adapt toenvironmental temperature changes in a very different way. 
  • While warm-blooded animals, such as us, have evolved to maintain a high and constant body temperature by metabolic means, cold-blooded animals largely adopt their ambient temperature. 
  • In this project, we ask ourselves the deceivingly simple,yet fundamental, question of how each cell responds to changes in temperature.
  • We focus on understanding using how the timing of mitosis (cell division) is influenced by changes in temperature. 
  • We will address this question using live-cell(fluorescence) imaging in a wide range of celllines, spanning from normal cells to cancer cells.
  •  We expect our findings to shed light on how the most fundamental processes, such as mitosis, are influenced by temperature; and we believe that these new insights will be useful to improve cancer thermotherapy. 
  • The position is available immediately and applications will be considered until the position is filled.

  • MSc degree in biology, (bio)chemistry, or (bio-)engineering
  • Ambitious, motivated, creative and practically skillful
  • A strong interest in the cell cycle and dynamical systems biology

  • We offer a doctoral position in a stimulating, interdisciplinary environment andscientific development opportunities in an international and dynamic team.
  •  You will have access to state-of-the-art research facilities and will be registered in a specific program of the doctoral school.
  • You will be supervised by well-trained scientists and receive thorough training in conducting research, presentations and writing.