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Genomics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

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We have 77 Genomics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

A PhD in Genomics would give you the chance to conduct a three to four-year piece of research into the DNA of organisms. In contrast to Genetics which investigates only the coding regions of DNA, known as genes, Genomics involves studying the entire genome including both coding and non-coding regions. Projects in Genomics can either be based in the laboratory or be Bioinformatics-based, involving the analysis or large data sets.

What’s it like to do a PhD in Genomics?

Genomics is an interdisciplinary field, meaning by studying a PhD in Genomics you’ll develop knowledge and technical skills from Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Bioinformatics. Whether your project is mainly based in the laboratory or not, you’ll be working with the genome of an organism and will develop excellent skills in data science, statistics and Bioinformatics to analyse the data effectively.

Some typical research topics in Genomics include:

  • Studying the Genomics of plant or animal adaptations
  • Bioinformatic work on Genomics data studying evolution
  • Investigating the potential of genome editing
  • Understanding the function of a section of the genome
  • Researching how Genomics are involved in gene regulation

On a normal workday you’ll be investigating the structure, function, evolution, and mapping of genomes either from the laboratory or through Bioinformatics. You’ll also spend time writing up methods or previous results and you’ll chat with your supervisor and colleagues about your current work.

Once you have completed the research project, you’ll submit an original thesis of around 60,000 words and during a viva exam you’ll defend this work.

Most Genomics programmes are advertised projects with the key aim pre-determined by the supervisor. Many of these projects are advertised with attached funding, while some require you to find your own funding, which can be tough given it must cover PhD and bench fees. The challenge of self-funding also makes proposing your own project uncommon in Genomics.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for most Genomics 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 Genomics funding options

The research council responsible for funding Genomics 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 uncommon for Genomics 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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Haematopoietic stem cell dysfunction in ageing and disease

Adult organs are maintained by specialised stem cells that persist throughout life thanks to their ability to make exact copies of themselves, all the time retaining the ability to on demand produce the differentiated component cells of the tissue of which they are a part. Read more

Mechanisms of gene regulation shared between human development and neurodegeneration

Applications are invited for a research studentship leading to the award of a PhD degree, under the supervision of Dr. Marco Trizzino, to investigate mechanisms of gene regulation shared between human development and neurodegeneration. Read more

The interplay between genetics and brain development in schizophrenia

Supervisors. Dr Michael Ashby, University of Bristol, Prof Anthony Isles, University of Cardiff, Dr Emma Cahill, University of Bristol, Prof Jonathan Mill, University of Exeter. Read more

Using multi-omics to improve prediction and early diagnosis of pregnancy complications

Pregnant women are among the most neglected populations in medical (and genomics) research. This PhD will aim to address this research gap by promoting innovation in risk stratification and early diagnosis of APOs. Read more

Assessing the prospective utility of AlzoSure® Predict in a UK clinical research cohorts to assess risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Commercial partner: . Diadem Research Ltd. , London. The proposed project is in the field of neurodegeneration and fits within the MRC strategic theme of prevention and early detection, facilitating earlier diagnosis and improved clinical management. Read more

Revealing mechanism and functionality of new and old agents in multi-morbidity research using a multi-omics approach

Commercial partner: . Medicines Discovery Catapult. , Macclesfield. By the year 2040 approximately 1 in 7 people in the UK is projected to be over the age of 65, however the observed increases in lifespan over the last 100 years have outpaced those in healthspan. Read more

Study cytosine methylation in RNA

Commercial partner: . Exact Sciences Innovation. , Oxford. Cellular RNA is decorated with diverse chemical modifications, which participate in all aspects of RNA biology. Read more

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