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Modifying macrophage phenotype as a potential treatment for endometriosis

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, December 23, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

PhD in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research - Fully-funded studentship available for entry in September 2020

This industrial Collaborative Award in Science and Engineering (iCASE) studentship is offered by Warwick’s MRC Funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). The training program involves an exciting one-year MSc in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research and then a three-year PhD project, co-supervised by experts from both academia and industry. The student will benefit from a comprehensive training programme that offers advanced workshops, career planning, transferable skills training and cohort learning events and conferences with ~ 50 other PhD students.

Dr Erin Greaves - University of Warwick:
Associate Prof. Andrew Blanks - University of Warwick:
Prof. Sebastian Perrier - University of Warwick:
Dr Greg Ferguson - Ferring Pharmaceuticals, San Diego:

Project summary:
Endometriosis (ectopic growth of endometrial-like tissue) is a chronic inflammatory disorder associated with pelvic pain and infertility. Current treatments are limited and associated with side-effects and recurrence. New therapies are desperately needed. Immune cells called macrophages are central to the pathophysiology of endometriosis. The local disease environment modifies macrophages such that they promote growth, vascularisation and innervation of lesions. The Greaves lab ( is seeking a highly motivated PhD candidate to explore the modification of macrophage phenotype using targeted drug delivery. This is a collaboration between Warwick Medical School, the Department of Chemistry and Ferring Pharmaceuticals and offers a three-month placement in San Diego, California, at Ferring headquarters.

MSc Course (Year One)
A one-year masters in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research. This will include six months of taught modules in areas such as frontier techniques and research skills in biomedicine, programming, advanced microscopy and imaging, mathematical modelling and physical biology of the cell and two 12-week research projects.

PhD Project (Years Two - Four)
A three-year PhD project. Students will be supervised jointly by a Warwick Principal Investigator and an industry partner, and will undertake a placement with the industry partner for a minimum of three months.

Entry requirements:
Applicants should have a strong undergraduate degree (2i or above) or international equivalent in biomedical sciences (or similar) and interests in immunology and polymer chemistry / materials science. Please see the website for further information about academic entry and residency requirements.

If you are interested in joining our dynamic DTP community, please apply by 23 December 2019. Short-listed candidates will be informed by 31 January 2020. Interviews will take place on 13 February 2020.

Funding Notes

Studentships covering full fees, consumables and annual stipend of £17,780 * are available. See for full information.

* figure to be confirmed

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