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MPhil in Biological Sciences by Advanced Study


Students will be able to chose from projects in groups with interests spanning bacteriology, paratisology, immunology and virology from the Departments of Pathology, Biochemistry, Medicine, Physics, Plant Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, plus the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute and the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research. The following list is indicative of supervisors and projects that may be available in 2023

Name Department Research Topic
Alexandre Almeida Veterinary Medicine Genetics of the human gut microbiome
Katerina Artavanis-Tsakonas Pathology Researching the Malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum and the nematode Trichinella spiralis
Andrew Blagborough  Pathology Investigating the control or elimination of malaria
Alex Borodavka Biochemistry Molecular mechanisms underpinning RNA-controlled self-assembly of multi-segmented viral genomes
Louise Boyle Pathology Molecular mechanisms controlling peptide selection for immune recognition
Ian Brierley Pathology Translational control,  Ribosomal frameshifting and readthrough, Virus gene expression, RNA structure and function
Clare Bryant Vet Host recognition of infection
Betty Chung Pathology Researching the interplay of host and pathogen gene regulation
Pietro Cicuta Physics Single cell imaging, host-pathogen systems, motile cilia, cell membranes, automated microscopy and microfluidics
Francesco Colucci Obstetrics & Gynaecology Natural killer and other innate lymphoid cells plus immunogenetics
Colin Crump Pathology How viruses interact with and modify host cells during different stages of their infection cycles
Maike de la Roche CRUK Cancer immunology: Hedgehog signalling in the immune system
Lida Derevnina Plant Sciences Crop pathogen immunity
John Doorbar Pathology How HPV infection leads to disease
James Edgar Pathology Endosome and exosome cell biology
Sebastian Eves-van den Akker Plant Sciences Plant-parasite/pathogen interactions
Brian Ferguson Pathology Innate immune signalling, anti-viral immunity, vaccinology
Andrew Firth Pathology RNA virus molecular biology, gene expression, translational control, comparative genomics, and NGS analysis
Nick Gay Biochemistry Molecular and cellular mechanisms of innate immunity
Camilla Goodle Biochemistry / Pathology Alteration of cellular membranes by bacterial virulence proteins
Ian Goodfellow Pathology Characterisation of the novel mechanism of calicivirus protein synthesis
Stephen Graham Pathology Molecular mechanisms by which viruses remodel the composition and architecture of host membranes during infection
Harriet Groom Medicine Using viruses to understand innate immunity and cell metabolism
Richard Hayward Pathology Studying the intracellular biology of the obligate intracellular bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis
Charlotte Houldcroft Genetics Evolution and diversity of pathogenic double-stranded DNA viruses
Frank Jiggins Genetics The evolution and genetics of hosts and parasites
Julia Kenyon Pathology Structure and function of viral RNAs with a focus on HIV, dengue and flu
Patrycja Kozik MRC LMB Dendritic cells and initiation of immune responses
Benjamin Krishna Medicine Human cytomegalovirus biology in hypoxic environments
Valeria Lulla Pathology Replication and pathogenicity of intestinal RNA viruses
Nick Matheson Medicine HIV and immunometabolism
Naomi McGovern Pathology Researching the distinct properties of human macrophages and dendritic cells in both health and disease
Vito Mennella MRC Toxicology / Pathology Understanding how airways cells respond to infectious agents
Catherine Merrick Pathology Studying the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum
Yorgo Modis Medicine Cellular mechanisms of viral gene sensing and silencing
Julian Parkhill Vet The emergence, transmission and evolution of bacterial pathogens
Uta Paszkowski Plant Science Plant-fungal mutualism
Emma Poole Pathology Novel tools to treat human cytomegalovirus infection
Julian Rayner CIMR The molecular mechanisms of malaria infection
Rahul Roychoudhuri Pathology Adaptive immmunity and cancer
Jeanne Salje Joint (Pathology / Biochemistry) The cell biology of obligate intracellular bacteria
Milka Sarris Physiology, Development and Neuroscience How leukocyte motion is organised at sites of tissue damage to generate inflammatory responses
Elena Scarpa Physiology, Development and Neuroscience Phagocytic functions in neural crest cells
Wilhelm Schwaeble Veterinary Medicine The role of complement in health and disease
Hendrik van Veen Pharmacology Drug and lipid transport by bacterial multidrug transporters
Ross Waller Biochemistry Investigating molecular function, diversity and evolution in cells
Lucy Weinert Vet The ecology and genomics of bacterial pathogens
Martin Welch Biochemistry Control of bacterial virulence and biofilm formation in the opportunistic human pathogen, Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Tim Williams Vet Extracellular vesicle research

Dates and deadlines

Application deadline: 24 April 2024

Funding application deadline: 4 January 2024