Current postgraduate opportunities

Title: How blood platelets change their behaviour in response to signals: role of the cytoskeleton

Institution: University of Hull - Hull York Medical School, Centre for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research, Hull

PhD Supervisor: Dr. Francisco Rivero

Co-Supervisor: Prof. Khalid Naseem

Application deadline: Sat 31 October 2015

Funding availability: Funded PhD Project (European/UK students only)

A British Heart Foundation funded PhD studentship position is available to study the signal transduction pathways that regulate the function of blood platelets.

In this project we will investigate the role of the cytoskeleton protein coronin in the regulation of platelet adhesion, activation and aggregation and its potential influence on development of cardiovascular disease. The studentship provides an excellent opportunity to receive training in basic cell and molecular biology techniques (immunoblotting/immunoprecipitation, flow cytometry, fluorescence/confocal microscopy, proteomics) in the study of cellular signal transduction. The student will join a research team that utilises multidisciplinary approaches to identify new mechanisms regulating platelet function and determine if these newly identified mechanisms can be targets for prevention and treatment of arterial thrombosis.     

Further information on the lab and the environment can be found at

Application requirements:

Eligible applicants should hold First-class or Upper-Second-class Honours degree and MSc (with distinction) in biochemistry, biomedical sciences, pharmacology or a related area of biological sciences. The position is open to EU/UK applicants. EU Applicants will need to demonstrate adequate proficiency in English language skills (IELTS 7.0).

The post is a full-time studentship for 3 years. A stipend (£24,000 per year), tuition fees and bench fees are provided.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr. Francisco Rivero (, Prof. Khalid Naseem ( or Mrs. Helen Procter (

The position is available from 1st January 2016. Closing date for applications is 31st October 2015.

To apply please complete the on-line application form following the link below to the HYMS admissions page:-