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 London Interdisciplinary Biosciences Consortium (LIDo)

London Interdisciplinary Biosciences Consortium (LIDo)

The London Interdisciplinary Biosciences Consortium (LIDo) is an immensely successful collaborative partnership offering world-class interdisciplinary research across the breadth of BBSRC scientific remit.

LIDo unites an exciting team of outstanding universities and unique specialist institutions to provide a truly remarkable and unparalleled opportunity for innovative cutting-edge research in the heart of one of the world’s most vibrant and scientifically stimulating cities.

In September 2020 LIDo will be offering 27 fully funded DTP studentships and 11 fully funded Industrial CASE PhD studentships; these include home/EU tuition fees and a tax-free stipend in the region of £17,009. Candidates are welcome to apply for both the DTP route and one or more iCASE projects.

DTP Route

In the first year of the programme DTP students will undertake two 4-month research projects in different partner institutions, selecting from a catalogue of over 200 topics, each associated with a thesis project.

Research opportunities are available in a wide range of areas including, Ageing, Animal Health and Welfare, Crop, Plant and Soil Sciences, Immunology, Biotechnology, Microbiology and Microbial Food Safety, Neuroscience, Structural, Synthetic and Systems Biology. Examples of some of the projects available can be found on our website:

DTP students undertake a compulsory 3-month Professional Internship for PhD Students (PIPS) during their PhD. This placement provides experience of the wider economic and social contexts and careers within which the research and transferable skills developed during their PhD programme can be usefully employed.

iCASE Route

Industrial collaborative (iCASE) students begin working on their named project from the start of the course. These projects allow students to experience both distinctive and include an extended placement of 3-18 months with their non-academic partner.

Details of the available iCASE projects will be available from early November. Please check back then for further details.

Training and Cohort Building

During their all first-year students will form part of a large and engaged cohort of DTP students receiving advanced training in fundamental and advanced mathematical, computational and statistical skills for interdisciplinary and systems biology research. Expert in-house training in biological concepts from leading LIDo academics is available for students joining us from a non-biological background, as well as exposure to the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries via Birkbeck’s Bioindustry MSc module.

The extraordinary LIDo teaching and research-intensive environment is supported by established cohort building activities, culminating each year in an academic retreat for the students.

 London Interdisciplinary Biosciences Consortium (LIDo)


We enthusiastically invite applications by all highly motivated students from a wide range of academic backgrounds including biological, physical, computational, engineering or mathematical disciplines.

Applicants must hold, or be expected to achieve, a first or high upper second class honours degree (or equivalent), or an MSci or other Masters degree.

The application pack can be download from our website:

The application window will close on Friday 24th January 2020, early application is essential as both references must also be received by this date. Interviews will be 17th and 18th February 2020.

We strongly advise detailed and careful review of the Application Guidelines before submission.


Formation and regeneration of sensory cells in the earDetails
Deciphering p53 signalingDetails
Unravelling the conformational dynamics of membrane proteins within a lipid environmentDetails
Defining ubiquitous chromatin opening element (UCOE®) molecular mechanisms of action to expedite their biotechnological applicationsDetails
Development and application of a multi-component 3-D in vitro model for predictive pharmacokinetics of environmental pharmaceuticals in fishDetails
Coupling optical tweezers with light microscopy to unravel the mechanical forces acting on cellular organelles (iCASE studentship in collaboration with LUMICKS)Details
Development of alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) and ene-reductase (ERED) enzymes for the production of enantiopure sulphur-containing flavours and fragrances.Details
Elucidating the role of cholestatic disorders in a spectrum of liver disease using a novel liver-on-a-chip culture systemDetails
Tools for live-cell imaging in the millisecond regime using Electrically Tunable LensesDetails
Ecophysiological and molecular mechanisms of weed seed bank persistenceDetails
Feline hyperaldosteronism: immunohistochemical, genetic and functional characterisation of the adrenal gland in hypertensive catsDetails
Identification of carbohydrate structures expressed by Mycoplasma hyopneunomiae and M.hyorhinis as potential vaccine antigensDetails
Selective methylation and alkylation using methyl transferasesDetails
Establishing a rationale for selectively blocking mTORC1 fibrogenic signalling in fibrosis and cancer using CRISPR-Cas9 genome editingDetails
How does a new antimicrobial kill the fungi that invade immunosuppressed patients?Details
The role of vector behaviour and competence on the spread of Cacao swollen shoot virusDetails

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