Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences

PhD Opportunity: Uric Acid and Environmental Adaptation

TitleUric acid and environmental adaptation
Host institution/base:Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine & Life Sciences, City University of Hong Kong
Collaborating partners:College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University; New York State Animal Health Diagnostic Center; Norwegian Veterinary Institute
Species:Moose, reindeer, musk-oxen*, white-tailed deer, cattle
Sampling sites:Norway, New York State, Greenland* (*subject to additional funding)
Analyses:Purine derivatives; xanthine oxidase and uricase capability and localisation
Student characteristics:
  • Final year or graduate in animal science or veterinary medicine:
    • University or veterinary school rank will be taken into account
    • Honours degree not required
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or more on a scale of 4, or equivalent
  • Excellent results in Biochemistry or Veterinary Clinical Pathology
    • Must have undertaken laboratory practical classes
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Lateral thinker
  • Prepared to work in the field (with an experienced guide) during the arctic winter
  • Prepared to collect samples in abattoirs and from animals shot by hunters
  • Not at risk of ban from entering the United States, Hong Kong, Norway
Financial support:
  • Scholarship (2017 rates):
    • Subsistence HK$15,900 per month for four years;
    • One return air fare between Hong Kong and New York;
    • Supplementary subsistence while at Cornell University (Ithaca, New York) of HK$5000 per month;
    • Bench fees while at Cornell University.
  • Research grant:
    • Air fares and supplementary subsistence for field trips.

Applications: formal applications will be considered in four stages:

  1. Initial filtering by the Project Leader
  2. Further filtering by the co-supervisors
  3. Invitation to make formal application
  4. Consideration by the relevant authorities at City University
  5. Consideration by the relevant authorities at Cornell University

For inquiries, contact (appending academic transcript): Dr Philip Stott,