We strongly encourage students to undertake exciting and ground breaking research which will lead to high impact publications. The number of papers published averages at 2.5 publications per student (data based on the 2003-2007 cohort). Moreover, the Wellcome Trust 4yr PhD students have produced 2.3x more publications than students on other PhD programmes within the Faculty of Life Sciences (from 2005-present). Moreover, when compared to non-Wellcome Trust funded PhD students in the same laboratories, students on the WT PhD Programme have produced 40% more publications, both in total and as first author, over the same time period. This indicates that not only are the WT students more productive than other PhD students within the Faculty, they are also more productive than their peers within the same laboratories.
Some recent highlight papers from students on our current Wellcome Trust 4yr PhD Programme (marked in bold) are indicated below:
Jacquemet G., Green D.M., Bridgewater R.E., von Kriegsheim A., Humphries M.J., Norman J.C., Caswell PT. (2013). RCP-driven α5β1 recycling suppresses Rac and promotes RhoA activity via the RacGAP1-IQGAP1 complex. J Cell Biol. 202, 917-35.
Bonev B,, Stanley P, Papalopulu N (2012) MicroRNA-9 Modulates Hes1 ultradian oscillations by forming a double-negative feedback loop. Cell Rep. 2: 10-18.
Sawala A.,, Sutcliffe C., Ashe H.L. (2012) Multistep molecular mechanism for bone morphogenetic protein extracellular transport in the Drosophila embryo. PNAS 109: 11222-1227
Odrowaz Z., Sharrocks A. (2012) ELK1 uses different DNA binding modes to regulate functionally distinct classes of target genes. PLOS Genet. 8, e1002694.
Bonev B., Pisco A., Papalopulu N. (2011). microRNA-9 reveals regional diversity of neural progenitors along the anterior-posterior axis. Dev. Cell 18, 19-32.
Hooks KB, Griffiths-Jones S. (2011) Conserved RNA structures in the non-canonical Hac1/Xbp1 intron. RNA Biol. 8, 552-556.
Westhorpe F.G., Tighe A., Lara-Gonzalez P., Taylor S.S. (2011) p31comet-mediated extraction of Mad2 from the MCC promotes efficient mitotic exit. J. Cell Sci, 124, 3905-3916.
Leznicki, P., Clancy, A., Schwappach, B. & High, S. (2010) Bat3 promotes the membrane integration of tail-anchored proteins. J. Cell Sci. 123, 2170-8.
Panagiotaki, N., Dajas-Bailador, F., Amaya, E, Papalopulu, N. and Dorey, K (2010) Characterisation of a new regulator of BDNF signalling, Sprouty3, involved in axonal morphogenesis in vivo. Development 137, 4005-15.
In addition to working in the lab, we encourage students on the programme to participate in broader scientific discussion with the scientific community and the lay public. Students regularly participate in international conferences and contribute to the public awareness of science. Examples include:
Boyan Bonev – Winner of the 2012 Beddington Medal, awarded by the British Society for Developmental Biology for the best PhD thesis in developmental biology.
Jonathan Dickerson – Awarded Roche prize to attend the Continents 2011 Arts & Science event in Salzburg, Austria.
Guillaume Jacquemet - Best poster prize at the 2011 Wellcome Trust Cell Matrix Centre “Get connected” Conference held in Manchester.
73% of our Wellcome Trust 4yr PhD funded students who have completed their studies (entries from 2004 onwards) have gone on to further postdoctoral research work, with the remainder in science related employment, such as science education, science funding, clinical science, etc. Of those undertaking postdoctoral research, many are at prestigious locations both in the UK and abroad e.g. Harvard University, Stanford University, Imperial College, UCL, NIMR and the LRI. In addition, Boyan Bonev was awarded a Henry Wellcome 4-year Post-doctoral Fellowship in 2012 and Zaneta Odrowaz was awarded a Walter V and Idun Berry Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2013.