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RESEARCH FOCUS

I work in the field of systems biology the objective of which is the study of biological systems, including genes, RNAs, proteins, metabolites and cells in a focused manner, and organs, organisms and populations in a broader context. Areas of research focus include;

  • Studying the effects of man-made contaminants (e.g. microplastics, persistent organic pollutants, xenobiotics) on marine and human health
  • Studying prostate cancer in the context of racial differences and nutritional deficiency
  • Examining the impacts of long term space travel – specifically the effects of nutrition, torpor, space radiation and microgravity on hepatic and intestinal biology
  • Developing a rat model of opioid abuse to better understand the biological basis for substance abuse disorders and advance development of preventive strategies and more efficacious treatments
  • Developing a robust toolkit for better integration of Omics data sets into genotype-phenotype predictions.

I maintain active research collaborations with groups in the USA (University of California, Medical University of South Carolina, Wake Forest School of Medicine), (Université de Camerino & Università Politecnica delle Marche (Italy), National University of Ireland Galway (Ireland) & University of Aberdeen (Scotland).


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RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

I am open to PhD applications from individuals holding or expecting to hold at least a 2.1 degree (or equivalent) in the fields of computer science, bioinformatics, biochemistry, microbiology or marine biology. A strategy for obtaining funding for a PhD is required. Applicants should be interested in computational biology approaches, multi-omics data integration and systems and network biology.  

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Phd Title: Systems analysis of the vitamin D deficient prostate transcriptome


Name:  Rebecca Morgan

Phd Title: A systems biology approach to dissect the effects of nutrition, space radiation, microgravity and torpor on hepatic and intestinal biology


Name: Thomas Cahill

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