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The Radcliffe Department of Medicine

The Radcliffe Department of Medicine Four Year PhD Scholars Programme

The Radcliffe Department of Medicine at the University of Oxford is a large, multi-disciplinary department, which aims to tackle some of the world’s biggest health challenges by integrating innovative basic biology with cutting edge clinical research.

The department has internationally renowned programmes in a broad spectrum of sciences related to medicine, including:

  • Cancer Biology
  • Cardiovascular Science
  • Cellular and Clinical Imaging
  • Computational Biology
  • Diabetes, Metabolism and Endocrinology
  • Genetics and Genomics
  • Haematology and Pathology
  • Immunology
  • Stem Cells and Developmental Biology

Our research spans the translational research spectrum, from basic biological research through to clinical application. A full list of supervisor profiles can be found on our website.

The Radcliffe Department of Medicine Four Year PhD Scholars Programme


Adverse myocardial remodelling in cardiac fibrosis and atrial fibrillationDetails
Cross-talk between adipose tissue and the cardiovascular system in humans: From novel imaging biomarkers development to drug target discoveryDetails
Deciphering the role of white and brown adipocytes in metabolic diseaseDetails
Elucidating the role of disease modifying gene variants in inherited cardiomyopathies using induced pluripotent stem cell derived cardiomyocytes and CRISPR/Cas-9.Details
Epigenetic regulation of cholangiocarcinoma growthDetails
Functional coronary artery disease genetics - defining the function of new causal atherosclerosis genes from CAD GWAS loci using in vitro and in vivo modelsDetails
Genetics of inherited cardiovascular diseaseDetails
Go with the flow: the why and how of cardiovascular diseaseDetails
Human fat distribution and metabolic disease: Identifying the mechanistic basis for site-specific fat storage to identify new ways of tackling the metabolic consequences of obesity.Details
Imaging in Preventive Cardiology ResearchDetails
Innate immune function in atherosclerosis and acute myocardial infarctionDetails
Myocardial functional T1 mapping - Advanced cardiac magnetic resonance imaging techniquesDetails
Non-invasive cardiac metabolism assessment using ultra-high field (7T) MR SpectroscopyDetails
Preferential Gq signalling in diabetes: an electrical switch in incretin action and in diabetes progression?Details
Realising the therapeutic potential of creatine and homoarginine in heart diseaseDetails
The coagulopathy of major haemorrhage: how does the aetiology of major bleeding affect the coagulation changes and how can haematological markers be best used to stratify risks of bleeding and need for transfusion therapy?Details
Therapeutic targeting of chemokines in inflammationDetails
Understanding how glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP1) and gastric inhibitory polypeptide (GIP) receptors contribute to metabolism in complex tissues.Details
Building the skull - normal and abnormal developmentDetails
De Novo Mutations and Human DiseaseDetails
Developmental control of blood cell fate determinationDetails
From basic biology to novel translational applications of haematopoietic stem cellsDetails
Gene correlation network showing differences in gene expression of effector T cells derived from the bone marrow or peripheral tissues affected by GVHD.Details
Gene Regulation and Human DiseaseDetails
Genome Diversification in Cancer and Adaptive ImmunityDetails
Genomics and Genome EditingDetails
Iron BiologyDetails
Laboratory of Gene RegulationDetails
Normal and leukaemic stem/progenitor cell biology and immune responses to blood cancer cells.Details
Nucleic Acid Sensing During Virus InfectionDetails
Origins of Genotoxic metabolism and the DNA damage response in stem and cancer cellsDetails
Single Cell Biology of Hematopoietic Stem- and Progenitor Cells in Blood Cancer and AgeingDetails
Therapeutic opportunities emerging from studies of immune checkpointsDetails
Unravelling mechanisms of disease progression in Myeloproliferative NeoplasmsDetails

Our PhD Scholars Programme is open to outstanding candidates of any nationality. It provides fully-funded awards for students wishing to undertake a four year PhD in Medical Sciences.

Further details on the application process are available on the RDM website. Although not part of the selection process we encourage applicants to contact their prospective supervisors to discuss projects and their suitability to carry out research in advance of application.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon (midday) on Friday 3rd December 2021.

Interviews will take place during the week commencing 10th January 2022.

Offers will be made in February 2022.

The Radcliffe Department of Medicine actively promotes a family friendly working environment.

The Radcliffe Department of Medicine Four Year PhD Scholars Programme