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

We have 34 Cell Biology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in Sheffield

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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Meals for macrophages – investigating how macrophages engulf and process dying cells in vivo

Supervisors. Iwan Evans (primary supervisor); Phil Elks and Simon Johnston (secondary supervisors). Project details. A critical role for phagocytic cells such as macrophages is the engulfment and subsequent degradation of dying cells and debris. Read more

How does SUMOylation regulate cell survival and death in Heat Shock Response?

Heat shock response (HSR) is a universally existing essential phenomenon for all living organisms to survive sudden increases in environmental temperature that have pronounced damaging effects on important cellular structures and functions (1). Read more

Identifying novel regulators of haematopoiesis using flies

Supervisors. Iwan Evans (primary supervisor); Steve Brown (Biosciences, secondary supervisor). Project details. Control of blood cell proliferation, survival and activation is critical to the health of an organism. Read more

Investigating the control and function of macrophage subtypes using Drosophila melanogaster

Supervisor(s). Iwan Evans (Primary Supervisor, IICD) and Martin Zeidler (Second Supervisor, Biosciences). Project details. The phagocytic white blood cells known as macrophages are a highly heterogeneous population of cells. Read more

Microalgal Biorefineries

A major contemporary challenge in industrial manufacturing is the development of sustainable production processes. This includes reduced resource consumption and CO2 generation, and energy efficient operations with maximised product outputs. Read more

Role of primary cilia in skeletal muscle stem cells and muscle regeneration.

Primary cilia are cellular organelles present at the surface of many cell types in vertebrates. In recent years, they have been shown to play essential roles in relaying signalling information from the environment to the cell. Read more

A Melt-Electrospun Cardiac Patch for Regeneration of the Myocardium following Myocardial Infarction using Natural and Sustainable Polymers

The aim of this project is to produce a cardiac patch capable of supporting and regenerating the myocardium following myocardial infarction (MI) using melt electrospinning writing (MEW) of Poly(3-hydroxyoctanoate- co-3-hydroxydecanoate), P(3HO-co-3HD), and alginate (MEW-PHA-Alg), two natural, sustainable and highly biocompatible polymers. Read more

Data-driven machine learning tool for quantitative description of microtubule bundling in vivo.

Microtubules – long polarised polymers of tubulin – are essential for normal cell function by providing directions for transporting molecules (such as RNAs and proteins) and organelles inside cells and mediating signalling activities. Read more

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