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

We have 7 Developmental Biology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in Sheffield

As a Developmental Biology PhD student, you’ll have the chance to undertake a detailed research project into the key concepts that underpin the development of an organism. You may be investigating the role of a specific signaling pathway such as Notch, understanding how stem cells acquire their fates or researching the formation of a specific system in humans.

What’s it like to do a PhD in Developmental Biology?

Studying a PhD in Developmental Biology, you’ll become proficient in a range of laboratory skills, especially cell culture as well as techniques from Biochemistry, Cell Biology, and genetics. Due to the complicated ethical concerns surrounding developmental biology, particularly when it comes to studying human embryos, you’ll develop a comprehensive knowledge of ethics.

Some typical research topics in Developmental Biology include:

  • Investigating the development of a particular organ
  • Understanding the development of non-human organisms such as fish
  • Investigating the role of ions and/or growth factors in early embryo development
  • Researching the developmental cause of birth defects
  • How stem cells acquire their fate

Most Developmental Biology programmes are fully funded by the university or a doctoral training programme. These programmes usually have a certain number of advertised projects available, with the proposal previously written by the supervisor determining the scope of the work.

Proposing your own research project is not common in Developmental Biology, mainly due to the challenge of finding funding to cover both your PhD and bench fees.

On a general workday, you’ll likely be in the laboratory preparing or performing experiments, analysing data you collected previously, writing up results and discussing your work with your supervisor and colleagues. You’ll submit your thesis of approximately 60,000 words at the end of your PhD, then have to defend it in a viva exam.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for most Developmental 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 Developmental Biology funding options

The research council responsible for funding Developmental 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 Developmental 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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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

Novel materials for ankle ligament repair

Chronic ankle instability affects about 30% of patients who have experienced a severe ankle sprain. Around 60% of these will have degeneration of the ankle and develop osteoarthritis - a debilitating condition. 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

The analysis of HIF function in DNA repair and genome stability

DNA damage is a factor that underlies many human diseases. Such damage results in mutations, and if such genetic alterations occur in tumour suppressor or proto-oncogenes it can lead to cancer. Read more
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