Research projects and supervisors

The biggest considerations when choosing to study for an MSc, PhD or MPhil are the project and supervisor. You're very welcome to discuss research projects with potential supervisors. The most successful are defined by a distinct strength and knowledge of a subject area. The list of potential projects is indicative – please contact members of staff directly for more information.

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I can offer PhD and MSc research projects on either molecular mechanisms of eukaryotic DNA repair or biological effects of ultraviolet radiation/skin cancer. Please contact me for further details (No funded positions currently available)

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PhD projects are available in all of the research areas described above.

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I can welcome PhD and MSc by Research students interested in studying: - the spatiotemporal dynamics of gut host-microbiota interactions using a combination of advanced genomic, spectrophotometric and on-chip live-imaging microscopy techniques in the model organism C. elegans. - the dynamics of bacterial biofilm regulation in vivo in the model organism C. elegans. - the neuronal regulation of organismal death in C. elegans using advanced imaging of tissue-specific genetically-encoded calcium and pH reporters. - Autophagy and proteasome regulation in C. elegans - the role of intercellular variability in cancer progression using advanced live microscopy imaging and automated analysis techniques (in collaboration with Dr. Richard Mort). Contact and send your CV by email to if interested!

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The role in insulin/IGF-like signalling in brain ageing in Drosophila melanogaster

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Age is the major risk factor for the major causes of death in humans. Therefore I investigate the basic biology and the genetics of ageing. This is known as Biogerontology. My aim is to delay the onset of ageing-related changes so that healthy lifespan is extended. To discover and test potential drug targets and therapies I use the model organism Drosophila. I welcome enquiries from students interested in this rapidly moving and very exciting area.

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I would be happy to hear from prospective students at MSc by Research level or PhD level to discuss projects on mammalian DNA replication, DNA replication stress and cancer biology.

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I am able to supervise students undertaking both Masters and PhD research projects in the fields of systems neuroscience, translational drug discovery and behavioural neuroscience.

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Microbiology, immunology and parasitology of insects; Phlebotomine sand flies and transmission of Leishmania. Microbial ecology of insects.

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Projects are available in the field of stem cell therapies for the treatment of corneal eye disease in collaboration with Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Japan.

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I am happy to supervise PhD and MSc projects on the structure and function of protein-protein interactions or protein complexes, as well as bifunctional ligands inducing PPIs, ternary complexes, and induced protein degradation.

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1. Development of methods for glycosaminoglycan analysis,
2. Glycosaminoglycans as markers of pathology,
3. Role of bacterial toxins in sudden death.

I welcome enquires from prospective PhD students interested in working in these, and related, areas.

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I can offer PhD and MSc by research projects in the following areas of research: (1) The developmental cell biology of African trypanosomes. (2) Trypanosomes as models to study proteins implicated in human ciliary diseases. Please contact me for further details. (No funded positions are currently available).

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I can offer PhD and MSc by research projects on either melanocytes and melanoma or cell/tissue biosensors. Please contact me for further details.

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Following projects are on offer: 1. Epigenetic Regulation of Viruses. 2. Roles of Interferon Regulated Genes in the Pathobiology of Influenza Virus. 3. Proteomic Approaches in Understanding Viral Antagonism of Host Responses

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Various Masters by Research and PhD projects are available on a self-funded basis including: Investigating the role of hypoxia-inducible factor in APP proteolysis in human cell culture and Drosophila models. Elucidating the role of dichloroacetate in the proteolysis of the Alzheimer's APP protein Investigating the synergistic effects of dichloroacetate and Notch inhibitors in relation to prostate cancer cell toxicity. The role of Jagged1 on prostate cancer metastasis.

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Projects available in my lab include investigating the role of intestinal microbiota, and associated signaling pathways, in diseases such as cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and neurological conditions. I'm also interested in how microbes train the immune response to protect or predispose individuals to disease. Please contact me to discuss a specific area of study for PhD or Master by Research projects.

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PhD positions and MSc Research posts are available in the Robinson laboratory in the following areas: (i) maintenance of genomic stability (DNA replication and repair mechanism) (ii) protein homeostasis (ubiquitin-like modifications and protein turnover). The laboratory specialises in the use of model archaeal systems to study these fundamental cellular processes which underpin a variety of disease states including cancer and neurodegeneration. Please email me for further information regarding funding and project specifics.

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Masters by Research projects available: 1. How does Vaccinia virus evade detection by the innate immune system? 2. How is intracellular DNA detected as "stranger" and "danger" signal by the innate immune system?

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My laboratory is seeking to recruit PhD and MRes students interested in the basic biology of Trypanosoma brucei and Leishmania species, which are the etiological agents of a number of diseases in developing countries. We can offer projects that use genetic, proteomic and biochemical approaches to study the parasites in vitro and in vivo. Please contact me for further details (No funded positions currently available).

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I am happy to accept proposals on projects in the area of intestinal inflammation focussing on parasitology, immunology and endocrinology.

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Cannabinoid receptor signalling bias in ex vivo intestinal organoids. Importance of physiological levels of oxygen and energy sources in validating GI epithelial cell models of inflammation and cancer. Contribution of enteroendocrine cells to cannabinoid modulation of intestinal barrier permeability function (with John Worthington). Ethical considerations of human organoid donation and research (with Laura Machin and John Appleby). Impact of cannabinoids on free living ciliates (with Jackie Parry). Students can also apply for MSc by research for the last three projects.

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