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PhD Position for International Applicants at Heidelberg University in Germany, 2013

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The Institute of Physiology and Pathophysiology of Heidelberg University is inviting applications for a International PhD position to work on zyxin control of stretch-induced arterial remodeling at Hartmut Hoffmann-Berling International Graduate School of Molecular and Cellular Biology (HBIGS). The position will come with a yearly living allowance. The project includes several weeks of training with collaborators in Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Münster within the framework of the Marie Curie Initial Training Network “SmArteR”. Applicant must have spent less than 12 months in Germany in the last three years (though no restrictions on citizenship) to be eligible for this position. Send your application online by September 15 2013.

Study Subject(s): This position is available to work on zyxin control of stretch-induced arterial remodeling.
Course Level: This position is available for pursuing PhD program at Hartmut Hoffmann-Berling International Graduate School of Molecular and Cellular Biology (HBIGS) of Heidelberg University.
Scholarship Provider: The Institute of Physiology and Pathophysiology of Heidelberg University
Scholarship can be taken at: Germany (The project includes several weeks of training with collaborators in Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Münster within the framework of the Marie Curie Initial Training Network “SmArteR”).

Eligibility:-Must have spent less than 12 months in Germany in the last three years (though no restrictions on citizenship) -Master or diploma in biology, biochemistry or related fields -Knowledge of cell biological, molecular biological as well as biochemical techniques or willingness to acquire the necessary skills -Team-minded and flexible -Ability to rapidly familiarize him/herself with new research areas in theory and Praxis.

Scholarship Open for Students of Following Countries: International students (must have spent less than 12 months in Germany in the last three years) can apply for this position.

Scholarship Description: The Institute of Physiology and Pathophysiology of Heidelberg University, Division of Cardiovascular Physiology (Prof. Dr. Markus Hecker) offers a PhD position to work on zyxin control of stretch-induced arterial remodeling. The focal adhesion molecule zyxin specifically translocates to the nucleus of vascular cells in response to stretch or hypertension. In the nucleus, the protein orchestrates expression of a majority of stretch-/pressure-induced genes, among which mRNAs encoding for matrix proteins and ECM modifying enzymes are prominent. Aged zyxin-deficient mice show a reorientation of the arterial smooth muscle cells (SMCs) in response to hypertension, associated with a more pronounced pressure-induced passive distension and a failure to up-regulate blood pressure. It appears that adult zyxin-deficient mice develop a severe deficit in arterial contractility due to a marked alteration in matrix composition and that the stretch-sensitive transcription factor zyxin has a major impact on the control of vascular SMC phenotype. The project will investigate the role of zyxin-controlled ECM proteins and matrix-modifying enzymes in pressure-induced vascular remodeling both in vitro and in vivo.

Number of awards offered: Not Known

Duration of award(s): Not Known

What does it cover? The position will come with a yearly living allowance in accordance with the regulations specified by the European Commission for Marie Curie Initial Training Networks.

Selection Criteria: Not Known

Notification: Not Known

How to Apply: The mode of applying is online.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is September 15 2013.

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