PhD project

The effect of stress on head and neck cancer patients: laboratory and clinical aspects.

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Application deadline

31 October 2023

Principal Supervisor

Dr Ian Ellis

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The aim of the lab part of this project is to further investigate: the effect of stress hormones on cancer signalling pathways, the cross talk between stress signalling and commonly deregulated pathways in cancer, the effect of stress hormones on migration of head and neck cancer cell lines and proliferation of oral cancer.

The aim of the clinical component of this project is to investigate stress levels in patients of head and neck cancer through stress-based questionnaires and hair cortisol levels. The study will also observe the expression of stress receptors in head and neck cancer tissues from the same patients as above and observe how this expression correlates with the degree of tumour differentiation and if it can be used as a biomarker for well, moderate, poorly differentiated tissues.

How to apply

  1. Email Dr Ian Ellis to
    • Send a copy of your CV
    • Discuss your potential application and any practicalities (e.g. suitable start date).
  2. After discussion with Dr Ellis, formal applications can be made via our direct application system. 
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