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World-Class Underpinning Bioscience

The basic disciplines of Bioscience at the molecular, cellular and physiological levels are at the forefront of work in Cambridge, and the breadth of expertise is matched by the opportunities to interact with researchers in other disciplines including physical sciences, mathematics and engineering. This has resulted in the award of Nobel Prizes to Cambridge scientists for discoveries ranging from nerve function, to the cell cycle, to stem cells. BBSRC recognises that continuing to support world-class bioscience research is essential to maintain the UK’s position as a global leader, as well as to underpin the bioeconomy, and it is important to ensure that a highly-skilled research base is developed and retained. One third of the BBSRC-funded DTP students will be in this theme.

WORLD - a 3D reconstruction of the Drosophila adult posterior midgut, the air-supplying trachea is shown in yellow and nuclei in of the gut epithelium in blue
a 3D reconstruction of the Drosophila adult posterior midgut, the air-supplying trachea is shown in yellow and nuclei in of the gut epithelium in blue. Saskia Suijkerbuijk

Projects will be aimed at improved understanding of basic biological mechanisms, from the study of biological molecules, to cellular and physiological processes, including genetic and genomic studies, integration with modelling and mathematical approaches, and interfacing with novel chemical and physical methods for the study of biological systems.

Examples of PhD projects available in previous years for World-Class Underpinning Bioscience are detailed here.