MRC 4-Year (MRes + PhD) Programme in Stem Cell Biology & Medicine: The Physical Biology of Stem Cells

Wellcome-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute

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This programme is targeted specifically to applicants with a Physical Sciences, Mathematical or Computational Sciences background, interested in applying their training to aspects of stem cell biology.

Stem cells are defined by their 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, most of which have been made by studying the biochemistry of stem cells. Less is known of their function across scales - from molecules to tissue - or interaction with their physical environment.

We aim to identify the importance of physical, chemical, mathematical and engineering considerations in stem cell functionality. This could include mathematical modelling, engineering controlled environments to control stem cell function, single molecule approaches to study molecular interactions, systems biology, or investigating stem cell's response to forces in its environment. The research generated by this studentship should provide new foundations for biomedical discovery and clinical applications in regenerative medicine.

Programme Outline
The course runs in parallel to the Wellcome Trust MRes + PhD Programme, with the distinction that students recruited to the MRC Physical Biology Programme will be offered rotation projects in the areas of Physical Sciences/ Mathematical/Computational Sciences.

This Programme provides students with an opportunity to spend time in three different labs during their first ‘rotation’ year. Students are expected to choose a laboratory for their thesis research by June 2021, and will then write a research proposal to be assessed for the MRes Degree in Stem Cell Biology. This assessment will also be used to determine whether students continue on to a 3-year PhD.

During the first year students will:
  • Perform laboratory rotations in three different participating groups working on both basic and translational stem cell biology;
  • Study fundamental aspects of Stem Cell Biology through a series of teaching modules led by leaders in the field;
  • Learn a variety of techniques, such as advanced imaging, flow cytometry, and management of complex data sets.
Please visit https://www.stemcells.cam.ac.uk/Join_Us/Students/MRC_Phys_Biol_Studentship for full details, including how to apply.
Enquiries are also welcome via email to sci-phd@stemcells.cam.ac.uk
Eligibility - We welcome applications from those who hold (or expect to receive) a relevant degree, with a Physical Sciences, Mathematical or Computational Sciences background. You must have a passion for scientific research.
Funding - The Medical Research Council provide full funding for UK applicants. Applicants from EU countries other than the UK, are generally eligible for a fees-only award.

Please check your eligibility status at https://www.mrc.ac.uk/skills-careers/studentships/studentship-guidance/student-eligibility-requirements/ before applying.
Application Deadline: 7 January 2020

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