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Cambridge Biosciences DTP PhD Programme




These are examples of rotation and PhD projects undertaken by students on the Cambridge Biosciences BBSRC DTP.


BBSRC Research Priority: Bioscience for sustainable agriculture and food

Rotation 1: The roles of HY5 and RR-MYB transcriptional regulators in chloroplast biogenesis and photosynthesis in Marchantia polymorpha

Rotation 2: EARLY FLOWERING 3 regulates diel oscillations in photosynthesis and transcription in Triticum turgidum

PhD Project: Investigation of the molecular mechanisms underlying the circadian oscillator in wheat and its regulation of flowering time


BBSRC Research Priority: Biosciences for an integrated understanding of health

Rotation 1: Optimising a humanised delivery system for the transduction of human interleukin 2 from primary mouse astrocytes in vitro

Rotation 2: Concentration dependent effects of short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) on nuclear metabolites and histone acylation in macrophages

PhD project: Metabolic requirements for tissue-resident T cells


BBSRC Research Priority: Transformative technologies

Rotation 1: Microelectrode arrays for astrocyte electrophysiology

Rotation 2: Investigation of GPCR ligand binding using cell membranes integrated with electronic chips

PhD project: Bidirectional biomimetic interfaces for the in vitro exploration of human physiology


BBSRC Research Priority: Understanding the rules of life

Rotation 1: Stable and flexible computation in rhythmic spiking networks

Rotation 2: Feedback-driven multi-plasticity in the olfactory bulb during sensory disruption

PhD project: Intrinsic preparation and the role of inhibition in neuronal control


BBSRC Research Priority: Bioscience for renewable resources and clean growth

PhD project: How do soluble enzymes from microbes degrade insoluble plant cell walls?

Industrial Partner: Novozymes


We want to ensure that every student has the right projects for them. Before commencing the course, you'll have the opportunity to reach out to supervisors across various Departments/Institutes to explore potential rotation and PhD projects. We highly encourage students to engage in rotations at diverse locations. While you're welcome to undertake one rotation outside of your initially selected Theme, should you opt to pursue that project for your PhD and thereby switch Themes, it will require approval from the DTP Research Committee.