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Cambridge Biosciences DTP PhD Programme


Targeted projects for academic year 2023-2024

Actin regulation in mitochondrial DNA inheritance
Dr Hansong Ma (Gurdon Institute)
Circuit-dissection of sensory-guided decision-making in freely behaving mice using automated operant conditioning
Dr Elisa Galliano (Physiology, Development and Neuroscience)
Circuit-dissection of visually-guided spatial navigation
Dr Riccardo Beltramo (Physiology, Development and Neuroscience)
Computational and neural mechanisms of statistical learning and endogenous pain control in the human brainstem and spinal cord
Dr Flavia Mancini (Engineering)
Computational modelling enabled research to understand the senescence process in wheat
Prof Alex Webb (Plant Sciences)
Computational modelling of individual differences in the potency of expectations on pain perception
Dr Deborah Talmi (Psychology)
Cool maize
Dr Johannes Kromdijk (Plant Sciences)
Data driven prediction of neural dynamics using machine learning and neural networks
Prof Timothy O'Leary (Engineering)
Deciphering how the nanoscale architecture of the actomyosin cortical network determines cell surface tension 
Dr François Nedelec (Sainsbury Laboratory)
Defining the molecular mechanisms of TCR-independent T cell function
Dr Arianne Richard (Babraham Institute)
Development of an in vitro model of the ruminant intestine for studies of host-parasite-microbe interactions
Prof Cinzia Cantacessi (Veterinary Medicine)
Discovering host factors required for the replication and spread of Oropouche virus
Dr Colin Crump (Pathology)
Epigenetic inheritance and the regulation of mammalian developmental programmes
Prof Anne Ferguson-Smith (Genetics)
Establishing a structure-function relationship between biomolecular condensates and protein degradation
Dr Janet Kumita (Pharmacology)
Evolution of petal patterning: a multi-faceted approach
Dr Renske Vroomans (Sainsbury Laboratory)
Feline cholangiocyte organoids – An interspecies approach to investigating feline and human cholangiopathies
Dr Fotios Sampaziotis (Cambridge Stem Cell Institute)
How do RNA viruses use RNA structure to control their lifecycles?
Dr Julia Kenyon (Pathology)
Identifying and imputing gene programs across-age, tissues and inflammatory diseases using machine learning
Prof Muzlifah Haniffa (Wellcome Sanger Institute)
Microencapsulated feeds to improve sustainability and efficiency in aquaculture
Prof David Aldridge (Zoology)
Molecular epidemiology of zoonotic Streptococcus suis on pig farms
Dr Lucy Weinert (Veterinary Medicine)
Neural crest cell evolution in cichlid fishes
Dr Emília Santos (Zoology)
Obstructive sleep apnoea during pregnancy and early origins of heart disease
Prof Dino Giussani (Physiology, Development and Neuroscience)
Post transcriptional and post translational modifications as drivers for cellular reorganisation upon stress
Prof Kathryn Lilley (Biochemistry)
RNA transmission between honeybees and their microbiome
Dr Eyal Maori (Biochemistry)
Smart physical practice with wearable biofeedback
Prof Tamar Makin (MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences (MRC-CBU))
Species-specific mechanisms determining interferon production during avian infection
Dr Brian Ferguson (Pathology)
Structure, dynamics and evolution of a gene network timing neural specification in vertebrate embryos
Dr Ben Steventon (Genetics)
Understanding the evolution and host adaptation of the human gut microbiome
Dr Alexandre Almeida (Veterinary Medicine)
Understanding the molecular basis of partial agonism and G protein selectivity in GPCRs
Prof Daniel Nietlispach (Biochemistry)