Applications are sought for a PhD student position on the topic of Calcium dynamics in degenerating cone photoreceptors. Inherited neurodegenerative diseases affecting photoreceptors, the sensory neurons of the retina, are a major cause of blindness. The mechanisms at play are still largely unknown and, to date, there is no treatment available.
We are now looking for a PhD student interested in exploring the role of calcium signalling during cone photoreceptor degeneration using animal models for primary and secondary cone degeneration that express a FRET-based, genetically encoded calcium indicator in cone photoreceptors.
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