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

We have 14 Cell Biology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in Liverpool

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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Using single cell transcriptomic and blood proteomic data to understand how pancreatic cancer causes diabetes and to find ways to detect the cancer earlier.

Background. Pancreatic cancer is the deadliest of the common cancers. Five-year survival remains low at 10%. Sadly for 80% of patients, by the time their cancer is diagnosed it has spread to distant organs making them ineligible for potentially curative surgery. Read more

Plasminogen-activator inhibitor (PAI-1) in the musculoskeletal system: a key serine proteinase inhibitor regulating joint homeostasis

This PhD studentship will use in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo models to investigate the role of an important serine proteinase inhibitor (serpin) in the musculoskeletal system, leading to a better understanding of disease and opening new pathways to therapeutic intervention. Read more
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PhD Scholarship to study blood-brain barrier dysfunction in atrial fibrillation

This is an excellent opportunity for a talented and motivated applicant to undertake an original programme of research working within the Brain Barriers Research Group (. Read more

Defining the Epigenome in Tendon Ageing

One hallmark of ageing is the accumulation of epigenetic alterations. There is a clear link between age and increasing incidence of tendon injury suggesting that the mechanical integrity of tendon declines with age. Read more
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