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 …
Human pluripotent stem cells (hPSC) hold great promise for regenerative medicine and in vitro disease modeling because of their capacity to differentiate to …
Human pluripotent stem cells (hPSC) hold great promise for regenerative medicine and in vitro disease modeling because of their capacity to differentiate to any cell type of the human body. We have recently shown differentiation of hPSC to cardiac progenitors and cardiac subtypes, including atrial, ventricular and pacemaker cardiomyocytes. However, one of the key challenges is to obtain mature cardiac subtypes, comparable to the adult heart. This ambitious project will focus on hPSC differentiated to the cardiac lineage using advanced 2D and 3D cultures to study chromatin state and the gene regulatory interactions underlying cellular identity and maturity.
As a PhD student you will differentiate hPSC to the cardiac progenitors and subtypes and generate 3D cardiac tissues using state-of-the-art tissue engineering technologies. You will use single cell transcriptome analysis (single cell RNA-seq) to distinguish subpopulations of cells with different identities and potential, and you will compare these transcriptomes to those of mature human cardiac cells. You will also obtain chromatin accessibility and epigenetic data (ATAC-seq, ChIP-seq) to examine gene-regulatory elements and to infer gene regulatory networks. You will use these data to predict and test key regulatory interactions with the aim of improving the maturation of differentiated stem cells. Moreover, you will use CRISPR-Cas gene-editing methods to create specific lineage reporter lines or target key molecular pathways in hPSC.
You will have the opportunity to develop novel ideas and work on an independent project that aligns with our research interests.
We are looking for two highly motivated and ambitious experimental biologists to work on a collaborative project funded by ZonMW. One PhD student will be part of the research team in the Department of Applied Stem Cell Technologies, TechMed Centre at the University of Twente. In our Department we have extensive experience in cardiovascular differentiation of hPSC, advanced tissue engineering and microfluidic organ-on-chip models using molecular (genetically modified by CRISPR-Cas) and functional readouts for disease modeling and drug testing. The other PhD student will join our research team in the Department of Molecular Developmental Biology, located at the Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS), Faculty of Science in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. We offer a first class international research environment in regulation of gene expression and epigenetics using state-of-the-art genomic and proteomic technologies and bioinformatics. We run Next-Generation Sequencers, single cell equipment, Mass Spectrometers and we accommodate a bioinformatics team and a local computational infrastructure.
You should upload your application exclusively using the button 'Apply' below, before the 1st of July. Your application should include (and be limited to) the following attachment(s):
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