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PhD Studentship – Development of novel therapeutics for mitochondrial disease

   Translational and Clinical Research Institute

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About the Project

Award Summary

100% of UK/home tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £15,840 (full award). A partial award covers fees at the UK/home rate only.


Mitochondrial diseases are among the most common genetically determined metabolic diseases. These diseases are challenging both from a clinical and a treatment perspective since they can affect virtually any organ and may present at any age. Treatments for mitochondrial diseases are currently focused on symptomatic management rather than improving the biochemical defect caused by a particular mutation. The focus of this PhD studentship will be to deliver significant improvements in therapeutics delivery and discovery. The project will continue the development of a series of molecules designed to alleviate mitochondrial dysfunction. Using a range of cell-based assays, the successful applicant will characterise the effect of the compounds in various models of mitochondrial disease. Please contact: Dr Russell for further information.

Number Of Awards


Start Date

October 2022 

Award Duration

Three years


Bates Fellowship


Dr Oliver Russell, Translational and Clinical Research Institute.

Professor Robert Lightowlers, Biosciences Institute.

Eligibility Criteria

You must have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree in biomedicine, pharmacology or a related area. A further qualification such as an MSc or MRes is advantageous.

Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the home fees and international fees. The award will cover home fees only. 

How To Apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system by creating an account.

You will need to: 

1.      Click on programme of study

2.      Insert 8300F in the programme code section and click search

3.      Select Programme name ‘PhD in the Faculty of Medical Sciences (full time) – Translational and Clinical Research'

4.      Insert TC036 in the studentship/partnership reference field

5.      Attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code TC036 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project

6.      Attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualification. You will not be able to submit your application until you have submitted your degree transcript/s.

* The online application system will only allow one application using the programme code 8300F. If you are applying for TWO or more projects using that code then you will need to email our Postgraduate Admissions Service ([Email Address Removed]) with the following information:

  • your application number (from the first project application that you submitted online)
  • the second studentship code and its corresponding title
  • a two page covering letter for the second project.

Our Postgraduate Admissions Service will then forward this information to the relevant selector in the Faculty of Medical Sciences

Contact Details

Dr Oliver Russell

Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research

Email: [Email Address Removed]

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