3 dagen geleden - Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA) - Amsterdam
The Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, one of six research schools of the Faculty of Humanities, has a vacant PhD position as part of the ERC …
In this project we will study clonal evolution in leukemia and MDS before, during and after therapy using next generation sequencing techniques.
Like most types of cancer, leukemia can be caused by mutations in various genes that regulate cell division, differentiation and apoptosis. In hematological cancers, approximately 30-50 genes have been identified that are recurrently mutated. In individual patients 3-10 mutations may be found that together induce full malignant transformation of blood forming cells leading to leukemia. Different combinations of mutations may be found in different patients, which is associated with a heterogeneous response to therapy and different survival probability. Recently, it was found that also within the tumor, genetic heterogeneity can be detected. In an individual patient, distinct leukemic clones may be present at the same time that share mutations, but also harbor clone-specific aberrations. Preliminary studies have shown that these different clones may respond differently to therapy.
In this project we will study clonal evolution in leukemia and MDS before, during and after therapy using next generation sequencing techniquesThe different subclones will be isolated, and studied for stem-cell characteristics in cellular culture systems, as well as molecular characteristics like gene expression (RNA-seq), and epigenetic alterations (histone modifications and DNA-methylation). Better insight in the genes that cause leukemia, and the effect on clonal expansion and response to therapy should lead to better treatment schedules and better survival rates for these patients. This research will be embedded in the RIMLS research institute and the Radboud Research Theme “Cancer Development and immune Defense”.
We are looking for an ambitious PhD candidate with a strong background in molecular and cellular biology and interest in the molecular origin and evolutionary processes involved in the development of cancer.
Interested in the genetic origin of cancer and the evolutionary processes that underlie disease progression? We are looking for an ambitious PhD candidate to bring this research further: Join our team!
Scale 10A: max. € 40814 gross income per year at full employment (incl. vacation bonus and end of year payments)
This project is financed by a grant of the Dutch Cancer Foundation (KWF). Appointment will be for the duration of the project, with a maximum of 4 years, depending on positive interim evaluations.
First job interview will take place on: week 13.
Applications should send a letter of intent outlining their specific interest in the position, overall qualifications, experience and career goals, a curriculum vitae including study grades and names and addresses of professional references.
All additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from Prof. Joop Jansen, Full professor Department of Haematology. Use the Apply button to submit your application.
Relevant publications on this topic from our team:
Upon commencement of employment we require a certificate of conduct (Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag, VOG) and there will be a screening based on the provided CV. Radboud university medical center’s HR Department will apply for this certificate on your behalf.
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The research project will be conducted in the Molecular Hemato-Oncology group of the Laboratory of Hematology, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Radboud University Medical Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. The laboratory of Hematology employs 60-70 persons who are specialized in research and advanced diagnostics in the field of hemato-oncology and thrombosis-hemostasis.