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A postgraduate research opportunity at the University of Otago.


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Health Sciences, Sciences
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Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Christchurch)
Associate Professor Peter Sykes, Dr Kenny Chitcholtan


PhD candidates are being recruited to join the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Otago, Christchurch.

The Gynaecological Cancer Research Group (GCRG) is actively involved in programs of basic, translational, and clinical research, predominantly addressing the mechanisms of gynaecologic cancer and exploring the novel targeted treatments for different gynaecologic cancers. The GCRG group is backed by experienced scientists and clinicians, who work very closely to explore the translational value of laboratory research. The group has extensive experience in complex 3D cell culture and animal models (chicken embryo and mouse). Our labs are well equipped with a range of cell culture, molecular biology and imaging facilities.

We are looking for enthusiastic and highly motivated students to do their PhD, or other postgraduate degree.

Potential topics include:

  • The detections and/or management of cervical precancerous lesions
  • Dietary compounds and ovarian cancer
  • Targeted drugs in advanced ovarian cancer
  • Ovarian cancer cell models in vivo and possible drug targets

Applicants must be eligible for admission to the PhD programme at the University of Otago.

Admission to the PhD programme

Funding Notes

Whether you are a domestic or an international student, the University of Otago has a range of Doctoral Scholarships available to you.

If you are a straight A student (GPA of 8 – 'A' grade) or higher, who has completed an Honours or Master's degree with an appropriate research component from a New Zealand university then you are likely to be guaranteed a University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship.

University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship

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In the first instance, applicants should contact Associate Professor Peter Sykes or Dr Kenny Chitcholtan by email to discuss a project. Further information may be sought from suitable candidates that will include:

  • a copy of your CV
  • a copy of your academic transcript
  • a PDF copy of your research thesis

Further Information

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology has a number of potential topics and projects on offer. We welcome enquiries and encourage all prospective students to directly contact potential supervisors in their field of interest.


Kenny Chitcholtan

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