Life Sciences Research for Lifelong Health
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Becoming a PhD student

Available Projects

Please review the How to Apply page fully before applying for a PhD with us as there are a number of requirements specific to the Institute (particularly regarding your CV). Please do not send your application directly to the Institute, you must submit your applications through the University of Cambridge Graduate Admission Portal.

For personal stories and tips on PhD studies from some of our researchers and to get a clearer view of the different roles available at the Institute visit our careers video page.

 


 

Your PhD with us

In addition to a commitment to high-quality research into fundamental biology, development and healthy ageing, the Institute has an essential role in the training and development of the next generation of world-leading scientists. To apply for graduate study at the Institute please complete an application through the University of Cambridge Graduate Application Portal. Our students are registered with the Graduate School of Life Sciences at the University of Cambridge and have a personal affiliation with one of the University’s many colleges. The colleges often provide accommodation for their students as well as additional social and pastoral support.

We are affiliated to the University of Cambridge and each year we welcome a number of highly promising graduate students through various PhD studentship programmes, including the BBSRC-DTP, MRC-DTP and international studentships (e.g. European MSCA funding). All of the Institute’s groups welcome informal enquiries about work experience and studentship opportunities via direct email to the Group Leaders. Full details of any currently available projects will be displayed below and can be found on our FindAPhD page.

Our Science

The Institute is interested in the various biological processes that operate within living cells. We work to understand how these systems operate and change throughout the life cycle, in particular how they are affected by ageing and disease. By better understanding human biology we aim to help more people to live healthier, more active lives with less susceptibility to life altering Illnesses.

Our work focuses on our core strategic programmes in epigenetics, signalling and lymphocyte signalling. This research involves the use of genetic models in rodents as well as human samples, cell culture, organoids and computational modelling.
 
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Our Services

As a student at the Institute, you will have access to all of our outstanding science facilities, each one providing specialist equipment and expertise to support key research techniques and technologies. In addition to our animal facility, imaging, chemical synthesis and mass spectrometry we are able to offer transgenics services, flow cytometry, lipidomics, next-generation sequencing and a highly specialist team of bioinformaticians.

In addition, several of our facilities operate training programmes to help you develop your own skills in these key research areas. The Institute’s research groups also incorporate a selection of other cutting-edge specialties including single-cell and multiomics approaches.