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MRC WIMM Prize PhD Studentships 2018

Posted by , on 30 October 2017

Closing Date: 15 March 2021

The MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM) has fully funded 4-year Prize PhD (DPhil) Studentships available to start in October 2018. These Studentships are open to outstanding students of any nationality who wish to train in experimental and/or computational biology.

The Institute is a world leading molecular and cell biology centre that focuses on research with application to human disease. It includes the recently opened MRC WIMM Centre for Computational Biology and houses over 500 research and support staff in 50 research groups working on a range of fields in Haematology, Gene Regulation & Epigenetics, Stem Cell Biology, Computational Biology, Cancer Biology, Human Genetics, Infection & Immunity. The Institute is committed to training the next generation of scientists in these fields through its Prize PhD Studentship Programme.

The fully funded studentships include a stipend of £18,000 per annum and cover University and College fees.

Further information on the studentships, how to apply, and the projects available can be found at:

Closing date for submission of applications:  Monday, 8 January 2018, 12 noon UK time.

Interviews will take place the week commencing 22 January 2018.

Pure Computational Biology Project Leaders

Hashem Koohy – Machine-learning in gene function, transcription regulation and immunology

Ed MorrisseyQuantitative biology of cell fate

Aleksandr Sahakyan – Regulatory chromosomal domains and genome architecture

Supat ThongjueaComputational biology of single-cell transcription and gene regulation 


Molecular and Cell Biology Project Leaders

Ahmed AhmedExperimental therapeutics

Chris Babbs – Causes of congenital anaemia

Oliver Bannard – B cell biology

Andrew Blackford – DNA damage and disease

Walter Bodmer – Colorectal cancer, stem cells, differentiation & drug response

Marella De Bruijn – Developmental haematopoiesis

Zam Cader – Stem cell neurological disease models

Vincenzo Cerundolo – Tumour immunology, vaccine strategies

David Clynes – DNA damage, repair and cancer

Simon DavisT-cell biology

Hal DrakesmithIron and infection

Christian Eggeling – Super-resolution microscopy in immunology

Ben Fairfax – Inflammation, genetics and cancer therapeutics

Marco Fritzsche – Biophysical immunology

Lars FuggerMultiple sclerosis

Tudor Fulga – MicroRNAs in development and disease

Richard GibbonsChromatin, epigenetics & transcription

Anne Goriely – De novo mutations and human disease

Doug Higgs Gene regulation and epigenetics

Ling-Pei Ho – Lung immunology

Georg Hollander – T cell development and thymus organogenesis

David JacksonLymphatic trafficking in inflammation and cancer

Peter McHugh – DNA repair

Adam MeadNormal and leukaemic haematopoietic stem cell biology

Claus Nerlov – Tissue stem cell genetics

Graham OggTranslational skin research

Catherine PorcherTranscription factors and blood development

Jan Rehwinkel – Innate detection of viruses

Irene Roberts Trisomy 21, haematopoiesis and leukaemia

Tatjana Sauka-SpenglerNeural crest gene regulatory networks

Alison SimmonsInnate immunity & Crohn’s disease

Alain Townsend Influenza and ebola, vaccination and treatment

Paresh VyasLeukaemic stem cells

Andrew WilkieSperm and craniofacial mutations

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