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NTU and A*STAR launch joint Ph.D. research program in immunology
Date:11/4/2010

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) have jointly launched a new PhD programme focusing on human immunology and immune regulation. Under this novel partnership, NTU's School of Biological Sciences and A*STAR's consortium, Singapore Immunology Network (SIgN), will jointly offer a comprehensive, world-class PhD training programme to local and international aspiring scientists. Applications are open now for the programme which will admit its first intake of students in August 2011.

The research projects under this programme could potentially lead to the development of new therapeutics in cancer and vaccines required to combat a variety of inflammatory and infectious diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and dengue. The programme will also help to build a critical mass of highly specialised researchers in vital areas such as infection, inflammation and human immunology as well as enhance potential medical discoveries.

The collaboration, the first of its kind for NTU's School of Biological Sciences, will strengthen NTU's reputation as a world-class research university. Postgraduate students under this programme will work on research projects supervised by an international panel comprising of top immunology experts from Singapore and abroad. In addition to the core curriculum of the PhD research project, students will also participate in intensive immunology workshops and seminar series organised by SIgN. Such activities will provide the students with greater exposure to further develop their research skills.

The programme will admit its first intake of students in August 2011 with the A*STAR Graduate Academy supporting 40 scholarships for the PhD students. The scholarships will come from the A*STAR Graduate Scholarship (AGS) and the Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA) for local and international students, respectively.

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Contact: Nasrath Hassan
nasrath@ntu.edu.sg
656-790-6179
Nanyang Technological University
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