The University of Alberta Leys Lab Masters Scholarship is awarded to MSc students for a funded Master of Science in “Sponge: symbiont interactions”.
This part of a broader project under the Moore Aquatic Symbioses funded initiative “Creating transcriptomic resources from wild and cultured populations of host: symbiont associations”, which aims to explore the facultative nature of the sponge-symbiont partnership.
The University of Alberta is one of Canada’s top universities and among the world’s leading public research-intensive universities, with a reputation for excellence across
- Host Country: Canada
- Study Abroad: Study in Canada
- Category: Postgraduate Scholarships | Masters Scholarships
- Eligible Countries: All Countries
- Reward: Full Scholarship
- Deadline: May 15, 2022
Ley Labs Scholarships enable students to study the cell, physiology, and developmental biology of sponges and their microbial symbionts, to develop tools to understand the evolution of fundamental aspects of animals such as tissues, polarity, and nervous systems, and coordination and mechanisms of development.
The project involves developing tools for the emerging model system Ephydatia Mueller, a freshwater sponge. E. Mueller demonstrates host gene regulation in response to symbiosis.
Typically, the symbionts are cultured outside of the host, and the sponge can be grown with or without them. Wild populations have different communities, so laboratory culture is an ideal setting to study host: symbiont integration and specialization at a cellular and genetic level, in order to identify selective forces that shape integration between hosts and symbionts.
To be considered for the Ley Labs Scholarship,
- Applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field by June 2022.
- Applicants should submit their CV, a recent copy of their university transcripts, and a one-page statement of interest describing their motivation and curiosity in aquatic symbioses and their career objectives.
- In your statement, please highlight relevant skills in molecular biology, laboratory data collection, statistical analysis, programming/bioinformatics, working in a team environment, and oral or written science communication.
Scholarship Duration and Reward
- This project is funded for up to 2.3 years, co-supervised by Dr. Sally Leys, University of Alberta, and Dr. April Hill (Bates College, Maine, USA). Starting date: September 2022.
To apply, candidates must be ready to submit the following documents;
- Copy of most recent transcripts
- PDFs of any publications
- A one-paragraph statement of interest
- Contact details for 3 referees
Method of Application
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