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MRC DTA 4-Year PhD Programme in Stem Cell Biology and Medicine

Posted by , on 19 December 2013

Closing Date: 15 March 2021


Wellcome Trust - Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute

Organisation: Wellcome Trust – Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute

Studentship starting: October 2014

Application Deadline: 10th January 2014

Interviews: 14th February 2014

We invite applications from committed and creative candidates for a 4 year MRC DTA PhD studentship. This studentship is aimed at individuals who have a clear idea of their preferred research topic and supervisor and will commence their PhD project in Year 1.

Stem Cell Biology

Stem cells are defined by the dual capacity to self-renew and to differentiate. In adult tissues stem cells sustain homeostatic cell turnover and enable repair and regeneration throughout the life time of the organism. In contrast, pluripotent stem cells are generated in the laboratory from early embryos or by molecular reprogramming. They have the capacity to make any somatic cell type, including tissue stem cells.

Stem cell research aims to identify and characterise which cells are true stem cells, and to elucidate the physiological, cellular and molecular mechanisms that govern self-renewal, fate specification and differentiation. This research provides new foundations for biomedical discovery, biotechnological and biopharmaceutical exploitation, and clinical applications in regenerative medicine.

Cambridge Stem Cell Community

The Cambridge Stem Cell Institute is exceptional in the depth and diversity of research in both fundamental and translational Stem Cell Biology. The Institute provides a dynamic and interactive research community with over 50 PhD students. Choose from over 30 participating host laboratories using a range of experimental approaches in different tissues and diseases

Programme Outline

During the first year students will enter their host lab to commence their PhD research and in addition will join with other PhD students to:

i) study fundamental aspects of Stem Cell Research through a series of group discussions led by leaders in the field;

ii) learn a variety of techniques, such as advanced imaging, flow cytometry, and analysis of complex data sets.

Students will complete their PhD research and thesis submission over years 2-4.

Please note applicants must meet the MRC funding eligibility requirements – please check the eligibility requirements at 

To Apply: visit for full details.

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