PhD

Developmental and Stem Cell Biology

Study mode:Full-time Languages: English Duration:4 years
Local:$ 6.8k / 1 Academic year(s) Foreign:$ 31.6k / 1 Academic year(s) Deadline: Jan 20, 2022
StudyQA ranking:356

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This PhD programme provides training at the interface between developmental and stem cell biology and can be taken in either three or four years. The four-year programme includes a first year with rotations in three laboratories; both include not only working in the lab, but also active, small-group training in key skills: good writing, experimental design, reviewing papers, computational skills and many modern techniques.

  • First year: 3 rotations of 3 months each in different laboratories, and a weekly journal club, overseen by all supervisors on the programme (4 year programme only).
  • Second year: thesis work starts in August/September of the first year. In the second year, an advanced modern microscopy course and an intensive workshop to develop writing and reviewing skills take place in parallel, with a small group of 5-7 students.
  • Third year: continue thesis research work, complemented with experimental design workshops.
  • Fourth year: complete research project, write up thesis. Workshops on funding, career planning and other skills tailored to each student.

Research areas

  • Biological clocks in development, differentiation, disease and regeneration
  • Cell fate determination and pattern formation
  • Cell migration
  • Cell signalling and signal transduction mechanisms
  • Early development (e.g. fertilisation, gastrulation, embryonic induction)
  • Evolution and development
  • Induction, tissue interactions
  • Left-right asymmetry
  • Live imaging
  • Morphogenesis, tissue patterning
  • Neural development and neural cell biology
  • Regeneration and repair
  • Stem cell biology
  • Tissue engineering
  • Twins
  • 5 year Specialist Diploma with an overall mark of 4.5/5.0
  • Bachelor's degree with an overall mark of 4.5/5.0
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Score of 100 overall with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening
  • British Council International Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Version). Overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests.

Scholarships

  • British Chevening Scholarships 
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