Connecting European Neuroscience

Ph.D. Student in Durham/United Kingdom

14 May 2020

Ph.D. Student in Durham/United Kingdom

Job ID
27138
Place
Durham/United Kingdom

Description

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

This project will study anatomy of the visual system and behavioural responses to visual stimuli in larvae of Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes. The larvae, uniquely, possess both the larval and the developing adult eyes that are likely both functional, and respond to different wavelengths of light. This project will explore how the signals from the two systems are integrated and lead to behavioural responses. The project will also investigate possible modulation of visual responses by concurrently presented olfactory stimuli. Techniques, employed in this project, include behavioural assays, regulation of gene expression by RNAi, in vivo imaging on a light-sheet microscope, immunohistochemistry and confocal imaging, with corresponding image analysis.
We look for a highly-motivated candidate preferably with a background in Neuroscience and interest in Animal behaviour, Molecular biology, Genetics and Bioimaging. Strong quantitative analysis skills are essential for this project. Programming experience is desirable but training will be provided for designing visual stimuli in Matlab and data analysis in DeepLabCut.

This project is a joint initiative between Durham, Newcastle and Exeter Universities. The student will be based in Dr Olena Riabinina’s laboratory at the Department of Biosciences in Durham, and will spend time in Dr Vivek Nityananda’s laboratory in Newcastle and Prof Natalie Hempel de Ibarra’s laboratory in Exeter. In addition, the student will spend 3 months at another institution or company of their choice during a PIPS placement to widen their professional experiences and networks.

HOW TO APPLY

Please see https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/visual-processing-in-mosquito-larvae/?p120929

FUNDING NOTES

4 years of funding are available to a UK/EU citizen who have been resident in the UK for 3 years. See more details at: https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/visual-processing-in-mosquito-larvae/?p120929.

Job Information

Closing date:
2020-05-18
Contract length:
4 years
Institution:
Durham University
Department:
Biosciences

Contact Information

Olena Riabinina
Stockton Rd
Durham
DH1 3LE
UK
Phone
+441913341282
Email
olena.riabinina@durham.ac.uk
Website
http://insectneurolab.com

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