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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Open to PhD applications in the field of cancer research, cancer pharmacology, chemoresistance, cell and molecular biology, transcriptomics, biomarker development and drug discovery. Applications should meet the University's English language requirements, secured a source of funding, and who wish to pursue a research project in a relevant research topic.


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Receptor Pharmacology

Cancer Pharmacology

Mechanism of Drug Action

Cell Signalling


RNA Biomarkers

Cancer Biology

Breast & Ovarian Cancer

Research Statement

Dr Furlong graduated from University College Dublin with a honours degree in Pharmacology and PhD in cell biology.  Prior to joining QUB, Dr Furlong was a recipient of the Irish Cancer Society career development research fellowship and developed novel research on the role of the miR-433 microRNA as a biomarker of chemoresistance in ovarian cancer.  Since then, Dr Furlong has established a program of research in cancer pharmacology and stratified biomarker development. The primary focus of this research is to elucidate the mechanism of action of anti-neoplastic agents.  Current projects include dissecting the molecular pharmacology of the histone deacetylase 6 (HDAC6) protein and the RNA demethylase enzymes.  New and emerging research is focused on developing methods to detect  microRNA as biosensors of disease.  Areas of expertise include researching the mechanism of drug actions and downstream protein signalling in cell models of cancer chemoresistance, cell and molecular biology, biomarker development and profiling microRNA in cells, tissue and plasma. This program of research has led to several high impacting publications and include studies of the miR-433 microRNA in chemoresistant ovarian cancer, IHC biomarker analyses and meta-analyse of the MAD2 protein in ovarian cancer prognosis.  Dr Furlong has received funding from the Irish Cancer Society, the Health Research Board of Ireland, BBSRC and MRC.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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