PhD position in DNA damage processing during genome replication

In the field of “DNA damage processing during genome replication” the research group of Professor Helle Ulrich offers the following PhD project:

Real-time analysis of DNA damage bypass in a chromatin environment

The proposed project aims at understanding the regulation of DNA damage bypass in live cells. While we have a fairly good insight into the mechanism that activates the pathway by means of PCNA ubiquitylation, we know very little about the factors that influence the choice between error-free template switching and mutagenic translesion synthesis and modulate their respective activities. In order to be able to monitor the orchestration of damage bypass in real time, we have recently developed a genetic system to introduce replication-stalling lesions in a site-specific manner into the genome of budding yeast. This tool allows us to track the recruitment of relevant repair proteins to their site of action in their native, cellular environment. Using tools like chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP), next-generation sequencing and fluorescence microscopy, we are now able to examine the influence of factors such as chromatin structure, cell cycle and replication timing on damage bypass, and we can apply genetic manipulation of specific damage response pathways in order to determine the interdependencies and hierarchies of the proteins involved in lesion processing. In this manner, we will gain insight into how the choice between mutagenic and error-free pathways of replicative damage bypass is accomplished in response to different challenges, and how this influences efficiency and fidelity of lesion processing.

We offer
  • The possibility to work on a cutting-edge project using state-of-the-art technology in a highly motivated research team
  • A stimulating, diverse and international research environment
  • Advanced training opportunities
  • A fully funded PhD position
    Required qualifications
  • Master or Diploma
  • Motivation to solve complex biological problems
  • Excellent communication skills
Starting date: 1 March 2017 or later
Deadline for applications (exclusively online via web form):  10 November 2016
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About Institute of Molecular Biology gGmbH

Our International PhD Programme on the “Gene Regulation, Epigenetics and DNA Damage Response” gives talented and enthusiastic students the opportunity to undertake PhD research at the cutting edge of modern biology. Our groups cover a broad range of expertise and include leading biochemists, geneticists, cell and developmental biologists who study the molecular mechanisms of...

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