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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

Apply to the appropriate course/Department towards the end of the calendar year preceding the October in which you hope to start, hence well before the funding deadlines in early December.



'Elucidating DNA damage repair mechanisms' in the Jackson lab. Full details on the University jobs website

Closing date 21 November 2021.


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.

The University's Graduate Admissions website has the best round-up of funding and bursary information.

See the University-wide list of adverts for current PhD studentships.


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, 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
  • David Fernandez-Antoran, Pathology
  • Jenny Gallop, Biochemistry
  • John Gurdon, Zoology
  • Steve Jackson, Biochemistry 
  • Tony Kouzarides, Pathology
  • Hansong Ma, Genetics
  • Eric Miska, Genetics 
  • Emma Rawlins, Physiology, Development and Neuroscience
  • Daniel St Johnston, Genetics
  • Ben Simons, Applied Maths & Theoretical Physics
  • Azim Surani, Physiology, Development and Neuroscience
  • Iva Tchasovnikarova, Biochemistry
  • Fengzhu Xiong, Physiology, Development and Neuroscience 
  • Phil Zegerman, Biochemistry