Applications are invited for one PhD scholarship and one MSc scholarship as part of a three-year (2015-2017) research project funded by the National Research Foundation of South Africa. The scholarships are available from January 2015 and students will contribute to an aspect of the interdisciplinary project involving cell biology and biophysics, biochemistry, cellular and viral biomechanics, and mathematical and computational modelling. Only South African citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply.
Congratulations to Mazin Sirry for completing his PhD thesis! Well done! Mazin submitted his thesis earlier this month and is currently enjoying time with his family.
Dr Tamer Abdalrahman joined the Mechanobiology Lab as postdoctoral research fellow to contribute to the research in therapies for myocardial infarction. Tamer received his PhD from the University of Torino, Italy, and subsequently undertook a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Vienna, Austria. Tamer's expertise is in theoretical mechanics. His research at MBL will focus on cellular and peri-cellular mechanics in stem cell therapies for myocardial infarcts.
Tom Franz was recently awarded a three-year NRF Collaborative Postgraduate Training Grant worth R2.7m.The research project is concerned with multiscale modelling of cell therapies for myocardial infarction with the aim to develop computational tools to study and optimise the mechanobiological interplay between stem cells, therapeutic biomaterials and the infarcted myocardium.