PhD Studentship Available: Equine Stem Cells and Reproduction


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Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) offers a unique program of training on the island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean. The curriculum, through innovative use of technologies and simulations, provides the best possible training for tomorrow’s veterinarians. Students benefit from seven semesters of integrated preclinical and clinical studies at our St Kitts campus, and one year of clinical training at our affiliate veterinary teaching hospitals in the United States and Canada.

RUSVM is currently expanding its postgraduate programs, and a unique opportunity has arisen for a PhD student to work jointly with supervisors in St. Kitts, The Roslin Institute, and the Veterinary School in Vienna.

PhD Studentship in Equine Stem Cells and Reproduction
The project will test the potential for highly purified endometrial stem cells to repair the endometrium in subfertile mares, with a view to improving fertility. The student will identify, isolate, culture and characterize MSCs from equine endometrium, using a wide range of techniques including immunochemistry, FACS, cell culture and PCR. The cells will then be used clinically in mares with endometritis, and the response monitored.

The student will be registered for at RUSVM, St. Kitts, and the project will be co-supervised by Dean Elaine Watson and Dr. John Dascanio (RUSVM), Dr. Xavier Donadeu (Roslin Institute, Scotland), and Professor Christine Aurich (Vienna). The first two years of the project will mainly comprise laboratory work at high-tech Stem Cell research facilities in Roslin, with a final clinical year in Vienna. During this time, the student will spend three separate periods in St Kitts, undertaking postgraduate training, gaining some teaching experience, and participating in ongoing research projects.

Applicants should have a veterinary degree (preferred), be capable of working in different environments both independently and as a team player, and possess good organizational skills.

Full particulars of PhD regulations at RUSVM can be obtained from the Postgraduate Administrator (

Informal inquiries are encouraged and should be directed to Dean Elaine Watson (, Dr. Xavier Donadeu ( or Professor Christine Aurich ( Applications should be sent to the Postgraduate Administrator (

The PhD attracts a stipend of $30,000, with bench expenses of $15,000 per annum. Travel expenses between sites will be covered, and house and car will be provided while in St. Kitts. The successful applicant will be required to arrange appropriate health insurance.

Closing date for application is September 1, 2013 or until a successful candidate is identified.