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MPhil in Biological Sciences by Advanced Study


Participating Research Groups

The Cell Sciences course will draw upon the breadth and international strengths in cell science within the University of Cambridge and associated research institutes; notably the Departments of Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Pathology, Physiology Development and Neuroscience, Plant Sciences, Zoology, the Gurdon Institute, the MRC Toxicology Unit, the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, 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 / Department of Genetics Regulation of gene expression and chromatin organisation in development
Clare Buckley Physiology, Development and Neuroscience Cell biology of organogenesis
Julia Davies Plant Sciences Purinergic signalling in plants
Pier Paolo D'Avino Pathology The mechanisms and signalling pathways that govern cell division in eukaryotic cells and their de-regulation in cancer cells
Marc de la Roche Biochemistry Road testing cell therapies targeting colorectal cancer using organoids
John Doorbar Pathology Cell-cell competition and the molecular regulation of Epithelial Homeostasis during HPV Infection
James Edgar Pathology Endosomes and exosomes in health and disease
David Fernandez-Antoran The Gurdon Institute / Pathology Mechanisms of cell competition between normal and tumour cells in 3D long-term primary cultures
Nicholas Gay Biochemistry Molecular mechanisms of Innate Immunity
Matthew Harper Pharmacology Cell signaling in thrombosis
Florian Hollfelder Biochemistry Understanding developmental processes with new single cell RNA sequencing methods
Tony Jackson Biochemistry Non-classical roles of voltage-gated sodium channels and their regulatory subunits in cancer cell migration
Walid Khaled Pharmacology / Cambridge Stem Cell Institute Tumour initiaiton
Torsten Krude Zoology Regulation of DNA replication initiation in human cells
Graham Ladds Pharmacology GPCR signal transduction
Heike Laman Pathology Parkinson's disease, mitochondrial homeostasis and function
Catherine Lindon Pharmacology Regulation of the cell-cycle
Naomi McGovern Pathology Placental biology and macrophage immunology
Vito Mennella MRC Toxicology unit Effects of environmental pollutants and drugs on the airways, advanced imaging technologies
Leila Muresan Physiology, Development and Neuroscience Single molecule localisation microscopy image analysis
Cahir O'Kane Genetics Formation and physiological function of axonal ER, and its roles in neurodegeneration, in Drosophila
Ole Paulsen Physiology, Development and Neuroscience Synaptic plasticity
Luca Pellegrini Biochemistry Structural Biology of DNA replication and repair
Taufiq Rahman Pharmacology Investigating some neurosteroids against the store-operated calcium entry pathway
Emma Rawlins The Gurdon Institute / Physiology, Development and Neuroscience Lung development and lung stem cells
Ritwick Sawarkar Genetics / MRC Toxicology Unit Neurodegeneration, cancer, stress response
Elena Scarpa Physiology, Development and Neuroscience Mechanobiology and mitosis
Sebastian Schornack Sainsbury Laboratory Processes underpinning the intracellular symbiosis of fungi and plants
Marisa Segal Genetics Cell-cycle control of spindle morphogenesis
Amanda Sferruzzi-Perri Physiology, Development and Neuroscience Calcium handling and signalling in the placental response to environmental stresses
Daniel St Johnston The Gurdon Institute Epithelial polarity
Mekayla Storer Cambridge Stem Cell Institute / Physiology, Development and Neuroscience Tissue Regeneration
Suzanne Turner Pathology How do breast implants alter the cellular landscape towards malignancy?
Hendrik van Veen Pharmacology Physiological roles and inhibition of multidrug transporters
Tim Weil Zoology mRNA localised translation, biomolecular condensates, oogenesis, small cell networks
Catherine Wilson Pharmacology Myc in regeneration and cancer

Key contact

MPhil Coordinator


Dates and deadlines

Application deadline: 24 April 2024

Funding application deadline: 4 January 2024