Wellcome Trust Four Year PhD
What our students say...
Daniel Ng, Singapore
“Although doing a PhD can be difficult sometimes, the satisfaction of being at the frontier of science is incredible.”
Maria Ninova, Bulgaria
“I really enjoyed the first year of laboratory rotations, which I believe give students a great advantage of trying different research areas, techniques and model organisms, before picking their future research topic.”
Aishwarya Payapilly, India
“I decided to do the Wellcome Trust programme as it gives me the chance to actually choose my PhD topic, supervisor and lab.”
Paraskevi Kritsiligkou, Greece
“I also enjoyed the tutorials because they provided the opportunity to improve my transferable skills, to expand my understanding on several different topics and learn about novel techniques and methods.”
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Molecular and Cell Biology: The Dynamics of Cellular Regulatory Networks
Networks of protein and genetic interactions in different populations of cells underpin multicellular life by controlling cellular identity and behaviour. Therefore, decoding cellular networks is a fundamentally important area of biology that offers vast potential for future biomedical research and clinical practice, for example understanding complex cell behaviours or diseases and determining patient stratification for treatments. The central theme of this Wellcome Trust Four Year PhD Programme is to decipher the regulatory dynamics that control the activity of cellular networks during development and disease. Recent technological advances, including transcriptomics, quantitative proteomics, high-resolution microscopy and computation, now make it feasible to study biological networks. Therefore, this PhD Programme will provide a breadth of training in these cutting-edge skills, to place researchers at the forefront of future biomedical research.
The PhD Programme is based on four interlinked themes that form a logical progression in understanding the synthesis, function and outputs of cellular networks during development and disease states:
- Cellular Dynamics and Proteostasis
- Dynamic Signalling Systems
- Global Gene Regulatory Networks
- Cellular Mechanisms of Disease
The Programme offers an integrated approach to graduate education in a dynamic, well-funded environment. The first year consists of three short research projects and Programme-specific taught elements. Students are then well-equipped to choose their PhD research topic for the remaining three years. A generous stipend plus research and travel funds are provided by the Wellcome Trust. The success of our Wellcome Trust four year PhD Programme in training students to a high level is illustrated by the fact that students on this Programme have, on average, published a higher number of papers than students on other PhD programmes within the Faculty of Life Sciences over the same time period (from 2005-present) (see the ‘student achievements’ section for more details).
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