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Cell Biology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in Birmingham

We have 32 Cell Biology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in Birmingham

A Cell Biology PhD would give you the opportunity to take on a three to four-year research project into the inner workings of cells. Your research may involve investigating cell-to-cell communication, the potential use of stem cells, or researching the difference between cells from a healthy individual compared to those with a certain disease. Regardless, you’ll be contributing to your field.

What’s it like to do a PhD in Cell Biology?

A PhD in Cell Biology would allow you to gain an array of laboratory skills, most notably in cell culture, which is essential to any Cell Biology project. You’ll also use classic laboratory methods such as immunoassays, chromatography, and fluorescence assays.

Some typical research topics in Cell Biology include:

  • Understanding cell trafficking
  • Stem cell biology
  • Investigating the plasma membrane of a certain cell type
  • Comparing cells from a diseased and non-diseased state
  • Investigating the cell cycle
  • Understanding cell communication
  • Investigating the regulation and consequences of programmed cell death

Day-to-day you’ll be performing experiments in the laboratory, creating graphs, analysing previously collected data, and discussing your work with your supervisor and colleagues. At the end of the final year of your project, you’ll submit a thesis of approximately 60,000 words and defend this during your viva exam.

Cell Biology programmes are most commonly advertised positions with full funding attached, meaning the general scope and goals of the work have been determined by the supervisor in advance and you apply to the project.

Writing a research proposal and suggesting your own research topic is uncommon in Cell Biology. As with most subjects within Biology, additional bench fees are required, which makes finding independent funding difficult.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for most Cell Biology PhD programmes involve a Masters in a subject directly related to Biology, with at least a Merit or Distinction. If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need to show that you have the right level of language proficiency.

PhD in Cell Biology funding options

The research council responsible for funding Cell Biology PhDs in the UK is the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). They provide fully-funded studentships including a stipend for living costs, a consumables budget for bench fees and a tuition fee waiver. Students don’t apply directly to the BBSRC, you apply for advertised projects with this funding attached.

It’s difficult for Cell Biology PhD students to be ‘self-funded’ due to the additional bench fees. However, if you were planning to fund yourself it might be achievable (depending on your project) through the UK government’s PhD loan and part-time work.

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Biology of Ageing and Rejuvenation

We are seeking talented, motivated students with a passion for research in the biology of ageing to join the Genomics of Ageing and Rejuvenation Lab led by Prof Joao Pedro de Magalhaes (. Read more

Determining novel molecular regulators of necrosis controlling premature cell death

Necrosis, a form of premature cell death, is frequently caused by excessive insults such as trauma, infection and toxins. It has been implicated in many human diseases including cancer, neurodegenerative disorders and inflammatory diseases. Read more

Developing and applying computational methods to study ageing and rejuvenation

Ageing is the chief biomedical challenge of the 21st century, yet it remains a major puzzle of biology. Recent studies have shown that cells can be rejuvenated, and biological clocks reset, using cellular reprogramming. Read more

Brain-specific immune responses to fungal pathogens

We are seeking a talented and motivated student with a passion for research in immunology, infectious disease and medical mycology to join the Fungal Infection Group led by Dr Rebecca Drummond (. Read more

Analysis of pathogen determinants recognized by the hypervariable immune receptor Dscam

Background. To mount an immune response, host organisms must first recognize the pathogen with which they are infected. The first line of defense against pathogen infection in animals is provided through the innate immune response. Read more

Novel avenues in inflammation, vascular and bone research

We are seeking talented, motivated students with a passion for research in musculoskeletal ageing and immune-mediated chronic inflammatory diseases (e.g., rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, cardiovascular disease) to join the Inflammation, Vascular and Bone team (IVB) led by Dr Helen McGettrick (. Read more

Investigating the role of endothelial cells in myelin damage in Alzheimer's diseases using iPSC-derived model

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) affects around 50 million people globally with no cure. Apart from well-known neuronal loss, myelin abnormalities in brain have been recently detected from early stage of AD. Read more

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