PhD Opportunity - Abnormalities in innate immunity to viral infection in asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
26 August 2014
A honour, MSc, or PhD opportunity exists within a research group which focuses on the innate immune responses in airway epithelial cells against respiratory/infectious viral infections including influenza viruses and coronaviruses, and how these immune responses can be altered by viruses under the supervision of Dr Alan Hsu
We are investigating any abnormalities in innate immune responses to infection in people with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). By using bronchial epithelial cells from healthy, asthmatic and COPD subjects, we are using various molecular biological techniques to investigate the molecular mechanisms underpinning the high susceptibility and severe infection outcomes in these individuals.
Students will be investigating the dysregulations in innate immunity that results in exaggerated inflammatory responses and impaired antiviral responses to viral infections in asthma and COPD, Students will also learn the common molecular biological techniques and advanced research technologies that will be useful in the future research career. The studies will potentially identify novel therapeutic targets not only for those with chronic airways diseases, but also for the general population against important emerging/re-emerging respiratory infectious diseases such as influenza viruses.
Interested applicants are advised to send an email expressing their interest.
Dr Alan Hsu