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Cancer Research

The University has selected cancer as one of its strategic research initiatives, highlighting the paramount and timely importance of cancer research.  Recent progress has resulted in optimism among researchers who believe that at last many scientific findings can lead to real benefits for patients.

Graduate students play a pivotal role in the continuing success of research in Cambridge and gaining a studentship in Cambridge is an excellent opportunity to start a research career in an environment committed to training outstanding cancer research scientists of the future.

We seek highly motivated and talented students to enter our PhD programme and to join a stimulating research project starting in October 2015.  In addition to excellent research facilities, collaborative initiatives and the resources in their host Departments and Institutes, students will have access to a wide range of talks, courses and other activities organised across the University.

For further information about the available projects, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, please consult the appropriate website.  The closing date for applications is 30 November 2014.

The following projects are available:

Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute PhD Studentships

  • Sarah Bohndiek - Imaging oxidative stress in inflammation
  • James Brenton - Computational biology approaches for personalized treatment in high grade serous ovarian cancer
  • Jason Carroll - Characterisation of mutations in estrogen receptor associated factors in breast cancer
  • Fanni Gergely - Centrosome dysfunction and disease
  • Martin Miller -  Systems biology of tumour-stroma interactions in cancer
  • Masashi Narita - Cellular senescence and multi-dimensional gene regulation
  • Simon Tavaré - Statistical and computational methods for cancer research
  • Duncan Odom and Greg Hannon - Functional evolution of small RNAs in mammalian neurons
  • Kevin Brindle - Monitoring tumour responses to treatment using hyperpolarized magnetic resonance imaging

Medical Research Council Cancer Unit PhD Studentships

  • Jacqui Shields - Stroma function in the tumour microenvironment
  • Rebecca Fitzgerald - Molecular basis of cancer evolution in the oesophagus and application to clinical diagnostics       
  • Sakari Vanharanta - Molecular basis of cancer metastasis
  • Ashok Venkitaraman - Chromosomal instability in cancer pathogenesis and treatment

Cambridge Cancer Centre PhD Studentships

The Cambridge Cancer Centre is a dynamic collaboration of over 140 groups of researchers, clinicians, and the pharmaceutical and biotech industries based in the Cambridge area. By working together across different disciplines, we aim to address the biggest challenges in medical science.

The non-clinical PhD studentship scheme reflects the collaborations between the diverse members of the Cambridge Cancer Centre. We are offering 6 interdisciplinary projects out of the 14 project proposals listed below, in areas of study ranging from cancer biology, chemistry, biochemistry and pharmacology to physics, mathematical modelling and bio-engineering.