PhD programme

We currently have two PhD students on the ICEP programme. The ICEP PhD students have joined a 4 year inter-disciplinary PhD programme with the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit and registered with the School of Social and Community Medicine.

James Yarmolinsky

"Prior to starting my PhD with ICEP, I completed an MSc in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

This was followed by an 18 month stint as a research assistant at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil, where I studied nutritional, developmental, and reproductive determinants of type 2 diabetes in the Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health (ELSA-Brasil).

My current research interests are in exploiting novel insights from large-scale '-omic' profiling into prediction, prevention, and treatment of cancer, with a particular focus on the use of instrumental variable analysis methods (eg Mendelian Randomization) to robustly identify causal risk factors for the purposes of prevention and treatment."

Ryan Langdon

"I am a Research Student currently enrolled in the Cancer Research UK ICEP programme. I have had a vested interest in cancer from a very young age, and am absolutely delighted to be part of the University with the greatest research impact in the UK.

DNA methylation is a cellular mechanism of gene regulation, thought to have initially developed as a method of preventing expression of foreign DNA.

Interestingly, because DNA methylation prevents expression of foreign DNA (including viral DNA) in addition to regulating genes in human DNA, inactivation of certain genes in response to a HPV infection may inadvertently inactivate genes associated with carcinogenesis.

My PhD aims to map the methylation patterns of HPV-positive and negative oropharyngeal tumours across multiple tumour stages in order to examine this relationship."

Postgraduate studentships

The School hosts a number of doctoral training centres and research centres which issue regular calls for applications for funded postgraduate studentships. Please use the links below to find out more about these programmes. 

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