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post_Lu-PhD Student in Epigenetics-Type II Diabetes and depression

position offered: PhD Student in Epigenetics

October 19, 2017

specifics of this post:


In the context of the FNR / ANR (France) funded project “MADAM”, addressing the pathomechanisms underlying comorbid depression and diabetes,

Dr Jonathan Turner, PI Immune Endocrine Epigenetics Research group, is looking to recruit a:

PhD Student in Epigenetics
3 year fixed-term contract (up to 4 years), full time


Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) and depression often occur together, and there is increasing evidence that they share pathophysiological and mechanistic origins, particularly based in inflammatory cytokine-mediated innate immunity, and/or the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis.

This PhD Student position, in the Immune Endocrine Epigenetics Research Group, aims to unravel the mechanisms underlying the link between T2D and depression in preclinical epigenetic models of non-obese T2D. Additionally, we will identify the contribution of epigenetic factors in the emergence of anxious-depressive phenotype in diabetic subjects, and whether the anxious-depressive phenotype in diabetic subjects is reversible by strategies targeting HPA axis dysfunctions.

Key Skills, Experience and Qualifications

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Molecular Biology or Genetics. Prior experience in epigenetics and DNA methylation would be an advantage, but is not mandatory.
  • Good communication would be necessary to deal with the different partners involved in this project at the international level, as well as for restitution of the results to partners
  • Excellent time management, rigor, perseverance, scientific creativity and originality, writing skills, conciseness, sense of priority and ability to work with others.
  • IT skills: Office, Outlook, Endnote if needed.
  • Fluency in English is mandatory, French would be an asset.

More information about the unit can be found here :


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