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Do your PhD at the Gurdon Institute

Come and do your PhD at the world-leading Gurdon Institute

We welcome enquiries from prospective graduate students. We have a thriving population of PhD students and other graduates who contribute greatly to both the stimulating research environment and the life of the Institute as a whole. Graduates also become members of the University biological or medical sciences department to which their group leader is affiliated.

 

When to apply

Prospective PhD students are advised to apply to the appropriate course/Department towards the end of the calendar year preceding the October in which they hope to start, well before the funding deadlines in early December.

 

How to get funding

Graduate studentships are supported from various sources, with calls for applications typically released in Autumn/Winter for entry the following October.

  • Wellcome Trust Developmental Mechanisms and Stem Cells 4-year programmes.
  • The Cancer Research Cambridge Centre.
  • Medical Research Council Doctoral Training Programme.

 

Who can you study with?

Most studentships are administered through the Departments where our group leaders are affiliated, even though their labs are entirely within the Gurdon Institute. Prospective students must quote the correct Department on their application form (see affiliations below).

At the same time as submitting an application to one of the above schemes you can write to the group leader you wish to join (get in touch by email at contact@gurdon.cam.ac.uk, stating group leader of interest) with your CV and names of 2 or 3 referees. (Privacy and Data Protection policy)

 

Course directories, funding database and further information on the application process can be found on the University's Graduate Admissions website.

 

Departmental affiliations of Gurdon Institute group leaders:

  • Julie Ahringer, Genetics
  • Andrea Brand, Physiology, Development and Neuroscience
  • Jenny Gallop, Biochemistry
  • John Gurdon, Zoology
  • Meri Huch, Physiology, Development and Neuroscience
  • Steve Jackson, Biochemistry 
  • Tony Kouzarides, Pathology
  • Hansong Ma, Genetics
  • Eric Miska, Genetics 
  • Emma Rawlins, Pathology
  • Daniel St Johnston, Genetics
  • Azim Surani, Physiology, Development and Neuroscience 
  • Phil Zegerman, Biochemistry

Studying development to understand disease

The Gurdon Institute is funded by Wellcome and Cancer Research UK to study the biology of development, and how normal growth and maintenance go wrong in cancer and other diseases.

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Mutations in thyroid hormone receptor α1 cause premature neurogenesis and progenitor cell depletion in human cortical development

Neural stem cell temporal patterning and brain tumour growth rely on oxidative phosphorylation

Testing the role of SOX15 in human primordial germ cell fate

Genome architecture and stability in the Saccharomyces cerevisiae knockout collection

Long noncoding RNAs are involved in multiple immunological pathways in response to vaccination

Defining the Identity and Dynamics of Adult Gastric Isthmus Stem Cells

Interaction of Sox2 with RNA binding proteins in mouse embryonic stem cells

Disease modelling in human organoids

The role of integrins in Drosophila egg chamber morphogenesis

Tracing the cellular dynamics of sebaceous gland development in normal and perturbed states

Neural stem cell dynamics: the development of brain tumours

Liver organoids: from basic research to therapeutic applications

NSUN2 introduces 5-methylcytosines in mammalian mitochondrial tRNAs

The roles of DNA, RNA and histone methylation in ageing and cancer

Separating Golgi proteins from cis to trans reveals underlying properties of cisternal localization

Sequencing cell-type-specific transcriptomes with SLAM-ITseq

Mature sperm small-RNA profile in the sparrow: implications for transgenerational effects of age on fitness

Single-cell transcriptome analyses reveal novel targets modulating cardiac neovascularization by resident endothelial cells following myocardial infarction

Derivation and maintenance of mouse haploid embryonic stem cells

Establishment of porcine and human expanded potential stem cells

Adapting machine-learning algorithms to design gene circuits

Link to full list on PubMed