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MPhil in Biological Sciences by Advanced Study


The Biomolecular Science course will draw upon the international strength and breadth of research in biomolecular science within the University of Cambridge and associated research institutes; notably the Departments of Biochemistry, Genetics, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, Zoology, the Gurdon Institute, the MRC Toxicology Unit, the Milner Institute, the Sainsbury Laboratory and the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute.

Students will be able to choose from projects in groups with wide-ranging interests. The following list is indicative of supervisors and their interests who may be available to host students in 2023.

Please note: each lab will only be able to support one student at any one time.



Name Department Research topic
Julie Ahringer The Gurdon Institute / Genetics Regulation of gene expression and chromatin organisation in development
Michael Boemo Pathology genome stability; DNA replication; computational biology; artificial intelligence
Alexander Borodavka Biochemistry RNA Biology, RNA viruses, biomolecular condensates
Betty Chung Pathology protein synthesis and translation control, host:pathogen interactions, RNA ThermoSwitches
Pier Paolo D'Avino Pathology The mechanisms and signalling pathways that govern cell division in eukaryotic cells and their de-regulation in cancer cells, with particular emphasis on how kinases and phosphatases regulate its last phase, cytokinesis.
Marc de la Roche Biochemistry Development of multimodal molecules (eg. bispecific) designed to recruit cytotoxic immune cells to cancer cells
Christine Farr Genetics The roles of Topoisomerase 2 and TOPBP1 in mitosis
Brian Ferguson Pathology Anti-viral innate immunity
Camilla Godlee Biochemistry / Pathology Membrane integration of bacterial virulence proteins
Ian Goodfellow Pathology Virology
Namshik Han Milner Therapeutics Institute AI drug discovery
Brian Hendrich Cambridge Stem Cell Institute / Biochemistry Signalling to chromatin in pluripotent cells undergoing lineage decisions
Florian Hollfelder Biochemistry Navigating protein sequence space based on ultrahigh-throughput droplet screening and next-generation sequencing: where do we find new catalysts for green biotechnology applications?
Marko Hyvonen Biochemistry Using fragment-based drug discovery methods for the development of chemical tools
Laura Itzhaki Pharmacology Tandem-repeat proteins: Folding, function, role in disease and therapeutic intervention
Ragnhildur Thora Karadottir Cambridge Stem Cell Institute / Veterinary Medicine Neuroscience and CNS regneration
Tony Kouzarides The Gurdon Institute Epigenetic and epitranscriptomic modifications and cancer
Torsten Krude Zoology Regulation of DNA replication initiation in human cells
Kathryn Lilley Biochemistry Spatial proteomics, spatial transcriptomics
Ben Luisi Biochemistry Structural biology of RNA mediated gene regulation in bacteria
Vito Mennella MRC Toxicology Unit Effect of environmental pollutants and drugs on the airways
Paul Miller Pharmacology Antibody modulation of ion channels
Helen Mott Biochemistry Protein and membrane interactions of small GTPases and their downstream effectors.
Leila Muresan Physiology, Development and Neuroscience Single molecule localisation microscopy image analysis
Darerca Owen Biochemistry Small G protein regulated signalling pathways
Ole Paulsen Physiology, Development and Neuroscience Control of protein synthesis in neuronal dendrites
Ritwick Sawarkar Genetics / MRC Toxicology Unit Epigenetics, transcription, CRISPR-based genome-wide screens
Sebastian Schornack Sainsbury Laboratory Molecular mechanisms of microbial proteins interfering with host cell processes
Marisa Segal Genetics GTPase network coupling cell polarity, spindle position and cell cycle progression
Katherine Stott Biochemistry In vitro model systems for understanding the biophysics of chromatin condensation
Suzanne Turner Pathology Investigating the carcinogenic mechanisms of breast implants
Hendrik van Veen Pharmacology Molecular mechanisms of multidrug transporters
Tim Weil Zoology Phase separation, condensate biology, P bodies, IDRs, translational regulation
Martin Welch Biochemistry Control of virulence and AMR in the opportunistic human pathogen, Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Key contact

MPhil Coordinator


Dates and deadlines

Application deadline: 24 April 2024

Funding application deadline: 4 January 2024