PhD Studendtship: Molecular mechanism of Alcohol Use Disorder





Type of opportunity

University scholarship

Closed for 2024
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University of East London / BiosearLab

About this opportunity

PhD Studentship: Molecular mechanism of Alcohol Use Disorder

University of East London

A PhD studentship, funded by BiosearLab CIC, is available at the University of East London.  Candidates who are asylum seekers or refugees are strongly encouraged to apply. The focus of the research is to investigate the molecular mechanisms responsible for changes in behaviour induced by alcohol consumption. Previous work in our laboratory has utilized the fruit fly model (Drosophila melanogaster) to investigate the role of G proteins, opiate receptors and GABA receptors in alcohol-induced molecular and behavioural changes. This project aims to build on previous findings to further elucidate the role of the GABAergic system and investigate its interactions with other neurotransmitter systems. Candidates wishing to apply should have a strong interest in neuroscience, have some previous laboratory experience, be personally motivated to work in a small team and wishing to contribute ideas to the project. The studentship is available from March 2024 and includes a standard UK stipend, and registration fees. To apply please submit a CV and a support letter including the name of two referees (preferably at least one should be an academic referee). Please send these documents by 26 January 2024 to Dr. Stefano Casalotti, who can also be contacted for further information.

Level of Study

  • PhD


Asylum seeker, Refugee status, Humanitarian protection, Temporary refugee permission, Limited or Discretionary Leave to Remain (private/family life), Indefinite Leave to Remain, Other forms of sanctuary (including Calais Leave, Section 67 Leave, UASC leave and Stateless Leave)

Additional notes about eligibility criteria

A university degree in science .

Some laboratory experience.

What is included in this opportunity?

  • Fee Waiver (no fees)
  • Full bursary (study costs and full living costs)

Additional notes about support provided

Student stipend at current UKRI rate (£20,622 in 2024/25)

Types of study available

  • Full-time
  • Face-to-face

Additional details about application process

CV and support letter indicating research interest

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed

Number of places available


Is this opportunity available for individuals outside of the UK?


For further questions contact Dr. Stefano Casalotti

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