University of Milano-Bicocca – Piazza della Scienza, 2 – 20126 Milano One position for a PhD student is available in the laboratory of Dott. Maria Foti at the University of Milano-Bicocca, to carry out research on Innate Immunity Regulation in Multiple Sclerosis. Candidates must have completed their undergraduate or master's degree no more than four years before the date of application.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological inflammatory, autoimmune disease that can lead to highly debilitating physical conditions. Accurate and timely diagnosis of MS is needed for effective treatment of the disease but is very difficult since many other autoimmune diseases and other healthy conditions share symptoms with MS. The goal of the research in this area is to develop a blood-based diagnostic for MS. We have used expression profiling to identify a diagnostic signature that retrospectively identifies a diagnostic signature for MS. Our goal is now to validate this signature and to set up in vitro and in vivo systems to study the Innate Immunity Regulation in MS. Because this diagnostic signature is based on measurements underlying pathophysiology of MS, new pharmaceutical targets may also be found.
The selected PhD students will be involved in projects addressing currently poorly understood aspects of Innate Immunity Regulation in Multiple Sclerosis. Execution of the project will involve mastering a variety of biochemical, molecular, and cellular techniques.
Interested candidates should submit the following documents to Maria Foti at
- List of publications (if any)
- Name and contact of two referees
- Cover letter detailing motivation for postgraduate study
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