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MRC 4-yr PhD Programme in Stem Cell Biology and Medicine – ‘Physical Biology of Stem Cells’

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: 01 October 2014

Application Deadline: 1st April 2014

Interview Date: 29th April 2014

Programme Overview: This studentship is targeted to applicants with a Physical Sciences, Mathematical or Computational Sciences background, who are interested in applying their training to aspects of stem cell biology.

This programme provides students with an opportunity to spend time in three different labs during their first ‘rotation’ year, before deciding where to undertake their thesis work for years 2-4.

Physical Biology of Stem Cells: Stem cells are defined by their dual capacity to self-renew and differentiate into somatic cells. Great inroads have been made towards understanding how stem cells generate tissue and sustain cell turnover in tissue. At this time most of the inroads have been made by studying the individual biochemistry of the stem cell; much less progress has been made in understanding their function across scales – from molecules to tissue – or how they interact with their physical environment.

In studying the physical biology of stem cells, the aim is to identify and characterise the importance of physical, chemical, mathematical, and engineering considerations in the function of stem cells. This could include mathematical modelling of homeostasis in tissues, engineering controlled environments to control stem cell function, imaging and biotechnology, using single molecule approaches to study molecular interactions, systems biology, or investigating the importance of the stem cell’s response to forces in its environment.

The research generated by the MRC studentships should provide new foundations for biomedical discovery, biotechnological and biopharmaceutical exploitation, and clinical applications in regenerative medicine.

Qualification Eligibility: We welcome applications from those who hold (or expect to be awarded) a relevant first degree at the highest level. You should have a passion for scientific research, specifically with a Physical Sciences, Mathematical or Computational Sciences background.

Financial Support: All applicants must meet the MRC funding eligibility requirements outlined at

To Apply: Please visit for full details. Please note you will be required to complete and submit a departmental application form, a copy of current CV, provide two references and upload a copy of your transcripts as part of the application process.

Visit for details of the current Cambridge Physical Biology network.

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