Fellowship & Grant details

Fellowship posted by Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (22/11/2012 02.54)

Ciona intestinalis, as a model to investigate gut-microbial immune dynamics

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In Ciona intestinalis, as in other organisms, different immune molecules contribute to the mucosal defense of the gut where a fine-tuning regulates the relationship between symbiotic and pathogenic bacteria. Among these molecules, Variable-region Containing Chitin Binding Proteins (VCBPs), identified and sequenced in our laboratory, are candidate to play a pivotal role in this process. The involvement of these molecules in the regulation of gut homeostasis is a relevant task that can be pursued by combining a biochemical and cell biological approach for the purification and characterization of VCBP-B. It is mandatory the choice of the most appropriate purification procedures together with biological assays aimed at the identification of functional activities such as bacteria binding, opsonization, phagocytosis, and chemotaxis. Study of intestinal dysbiosis in mammals could greatly benefit from the results obtained in our system

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Research Fields

Biological sciences

Eligibility criteria

To participate in the competition, candidates must possess the following qualifications: Degree in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, or related disciplines. Skills in biochemistry and cell biology techniques are required. Experience in the field of invertebrate and tunicate immunity, is preferred. These requirements must be fulfilled on the date of expiry of the deadline for submission of applications for admission to the selection. The exclusion from the selection, for lack of necessary qualifications, shall be notified to the candidates by a motivated decree.

Selection process

Competition based on qualifications and interview. The assessment of the candidates will be conducted by a special jury, which will examine the qualifications and the performance of an interview aimed at ascertaining the candidate's professional expertise in scientific, as well as his attitude to carry out specific research subject of the application.

Programme Description
Number of awards per year1
Annual budget19367
International mobility required ?no
Eligible destination country/ies for fellowsItaly
Eligibility of fellows: country/ies of residenceItaly
Eligibility of fellows: nationality/iesAll
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Fellowship's Details
Career StageEarly stage researcher or 0-4 yrs (Post graduate)
Research ProfilesNot defined
Employment contract with full social securityno
Total amount per fellowship per year19367
Covers salaryyes
Covers travel and subsistenceno
Covers research costsno
Maximum duration of fellowship12
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Funding organisation / Contacts
Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn

Public research
Napoli - Italy