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The role of the immune system in AMD

Research Unit: Ocular Genetics
Primary Supervisor: A/Prof Paul Baird
Tel: 03 9929 8613 / Email: pnb@unimelb.edu.au

Age related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in Australia. A number of genes have been identified as associated with this disease and point to a major role of the immune system. This project will assess the role of immune genes and immune background through genotyping and sequencing as well as through gene expression studies in patients and donor eye tissue. You will undertake DNA and RNA extraction, genotyping, RT-PCR, RNA Seq and bioinformatics analysis.

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