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Research Associate Position in the School of Biomedical Sciences, King’s College, London

Applications are invited for the position of Research Associate in the Randall Division of Cell and Molecular Biophysics within the School of Biomedical Sciences at King’s College London.
How cells regulate and execute cytokinesis, the final step of cell division, remain major unsolved questions in biology. Cytokinesis requires the coordinated action of the cytoskeleton, the cell cycle and membrane machineries. The Eggert lab uses chemical biology approaches to study cytokinesis at the process, pathway and protein levels. This two and a half year post will focus on investigating the role of Rho signalling during cell division and related processes. The Rho pathway is responsible for regulating many important cellular events, including cytokinesis. We recently completed a high throughput small molecule screen and identified small molecules that target Rho signalling (Castoreno et al., Nature Chemical Biology, 2010). We also completed a genome-wide RNAi screen to identify interactors of the Rho pathway. The goal of the postdoctoral fellow working on this project will be to understand the mechanism of action of small molecule and/or RNAi hits. Techniques will include cell biology and imaging, biochemistry and small molecule perturbations.

Scholarship Application Deadline: 23 May 2011

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Research Grants by National Institutes of Health 2011, USA: Translation of Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies for Blood Diseases

This FOA issued by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, encourages Research Project Grant (R01) applications from institutions and organizations that propose collaborative, multidisciplinary, multi-Project Director/Principal Investigator research for the development of new technologies needed to utilize stem cells in future cell therapies to treat sickle cell disease and other blood disorders. This initiative focuses on two key areas that are impediments to further progress: (1) development of techniques to efficiently generate hematopoietic cells by either differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells (PSC) or by cellular reprogramming to yield sufficient numbers of GMP quality cells for clinical evaluation; and (2) development of protocols that enable the efficient engraftment of hematopoietic cells derived from pluripotent stem cells or derived by cellular reprogramming. Each multidisciplinary application will designate two or more Project Directors/Principal Investigators. This program will be implemented in collaboration with the ongoing NHLBI Progenitor Cell Biology Consortium and will add separate additional research projects. Extensive collaboration is expected between the existing Consortium Hubs, and the new group(s) are also expected to collaborate extensively with the Consortium Hubs.

Only the review criteria described below will be considered in the review process. As part of the NIH mission, all applications submitted to the NIH in support of biomedical and behavioral research are evaluated for scientific and technical merit through the NIH peer review system.

Scholarship Application Deadline:September 5, 2011

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International Student Scholarships and Financial Aid at Texas A&M University, USA

International students may apply for grants and scholarships if they have demonstrated financial need. Financial need itself does not guarantee that a student will receive a grant or a scholarship. Awards are not designed to meet the student’s entire financial need. They are designed to supplement the student’s other financial resources. This permits limited funds to assist the largest number of students. Grants do NOT include a tuition waiver. Continuing students are eligible to apply, however incoming students are required to show they are able to support themselves for one year while attending Texas A&M University. Incoming students may apply their second year for financial aid.  Late Applications Will Not Be Accepted. If you have any questions regarding the application process or documentation requirements.  To be eligible to apply for the ITPEG, an international student must be enrolled full-time in a degree-granting course of study at Texas A&M University
Eligibility: M.Sc. or equivalent degree in Life Sciences or related fields with two years relevant research experience. Candidates should have practical experience in Molecular/Cell Biology techniques and cell culture. Preference will be given to the candidates with published papers in peer-reviewed journals. The position is purely temporary and co-terminus with the DST-PURSE Programme. The initial appointment will be for one year which can be extended on the basis of the performance of the candidate.

Scholarship Application Deadline: Summer 2012 Semester (summer supplement also required) April 1, 2012

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