PhD Dynamic Cell Biology (Wellcome Trust)

Scientist in research lab

From the fundamentals of cell biology to translational applications for human disease

Scientists in the Wolfson Bioimaging Unit

One of the UK’s leading institutes using advanced cell imaging to assist the study of cell biology

PhD student

An excellent programme where the rotations allow you to see a variety of different labs and learn a range of techniques before settling into a PhD.

Ruth Mitchell, current student

Why study dynamic cell biology?

Our understanding and treatment of human disease is increasingly dependent on research undertaken by cell biologists.

While human genomics can identify gene mutations and perturbed levels of gene expression that lie at the heart of complex diseases, simply identifying these genes is, by itself, insufficient to understand the disease process.

In order to understand gene function in a cellular and tissue/organism context, and to fully appreciate a cellular process, it is vital to examine its dynamics in living cells, tissues and organisms. Only then is it possible to validate new protein targets for which rational drug design may help reduce aspects of the disease pathology.

Why study at Bristol?

The University of Bristol is one of the UK’s leading institutes using advanced cell imaging to assist the study of cell biology. Underpinned by these core facilities, we have designed our programme to provide an intentionally broad research framework, drawing on the expertise of a wide range of specialists across the faculty. This gives you the freedom to focus on research that most interests you while being able to explore varied, supporting aspects of cellular and molecular biology.

We offer you the invaluable opportunity of joining an exceptional scientific environment at the beginning of your research career, helping you to develop the intellectual and practical knowledge required to study modern cell biology and, importantly, how to apply and translate this to human disease.

What funding does the programme provide?

This programme is fully-funded by the Wellcome Trust. The Trust provides funding to cover PhD programme fees at UK/EU student rate, research expenses, a stipend for living expenses, contribution towards travel and a contribution towards transferable-skills training.

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Read our programme details for key information including programme structure, research areas and eligibility criteria

Programme details

Key admissions information, including overview, structure, core research areas, eligibility criteria and more.

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