CDB Seminars
All welcome


All Seminars are held in the Gavin De Beer Lecture Theatre, Anatomy Building, Thursday 1-2pm (unless otherwise stated)

Thursday 9 July: midday-2.40pm

Host: Yoshiyuki Yamamoto

Room 249, 2nd Floor, Medical Sciences Building, Gower Street

12.00pm  Heather Steele-Stallard: “Human iPS cell-based platforms for disease modelling and therapy screening for laminopathies”
12.15pm  Terry Felton: “Regulation of asymmetric neurogenesis in C. elegans
12.30pm  Marcus Ghosh: “Assigning Behavioural and Neurodevelopmental Functions to Autism-associated Genes”
12.45pm  Giulia Ferrari: “Towards a genomic integration-free, iPS cell and human artificial chromosome-based therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy”
1.00pm  Michele Sammut: “Mystery cells in C.elegans: Sex, Glia transdifferation and Learning”
1.15pm  Johanna Buchler: "The Wnt co-receptor LRP6 and synapse regulation".

1.40pm  Renato Martinho: “The Asymmetric Habenula of Zebrafish: from Transcriptome to Behaviour”
1.55pm  Alex Fedorec: “Plasmid persistence: balancing plasmid stability and host competitiveness”
2.10pm  Maryam Khosravi: "Investigating novel genetic associations with ciliopathy in the zebrafish"
2.25pm  Marc Williams: “Identification of neutral tumour evolution across cancer types”

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Research Students

The Department of Cell and Developmental Biology has a very active MPhil/PhD programme with a range of funding opportunities. We currently have seventy-three research students from all over the world including the UK, Europe, America, Singapore, Thailand and Israel.  Students are regularly monitored by a small committee appointed among experts in the field, which stimulates interactions between laboratories, and excellent courses are offered on generic research and other skills (speaking, writing, imaging, etc.).

Four year PhD studentships include rotations in different laboratories during the first year - see Wellcome Trust and BBSRC studentship details below.

PhD programmes in Cell and Developmental Biology are available for three years in a single laboratory (or five years part-time) - see 'Applicants with independent funding' section below.  There is currently no Departmental funding available for these, but you may apply for a UCL Scholarship.


To register for a PhD you will require one of the following:

  • a UK first degree in an appropriate subject awarded with first or upper second-class Honours, or an overseas qualification of equivalent standard from a university or equivalent institution
  • a recognised Master’s degree

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If you are an overseas applicant you will also require evidence of proficiency in English. For details of this please see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply/english-language
The standard of English expected is the 'good level'.

Funding Opportunities

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Wellcome Trust 4 year PhD Studentships in Developmental and Stem Cell Biology are available through the Department
Chick Stem Cells Please read: Further information and application procedures

Closing date for applications for September 2015 entry is Monday 5 January 2015
BBSRC Studentships For information and contact details on these please follow the link:
London Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme
Additional Funding Opportunities For PhD research opportunities in all aspects of mitochondrial biology, bioenergetics and metabolism, please read: Further information
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UCL Scholarships

There are a number of scholarships awarded through the College - please see the scholarship website and follow the instructions there:
Candidates applying for positions in this Department should send their completed forms to: Debbie Bartram, Graduate Administrator, Research Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

Applicants with independent funding

You are welcome to apply and commence studies throughout the year. Please follow steps 1-3:
Step 1:
View the list of academic staff and study their research interests by visiting their web page and looking at some of their publications to decide whether you are interested in the research topics in that laboratory.
Step 2: E-mail your chosen supervisor(s) to discuss possible projects. This will also ensure that they have space for you in their laboratory and that they will guide you in your application.
Step 3: Complete an application form at

Select "Division of Biosciences" for the UCL Department you are applying to and "Research Degree: Cell and Developmental Biology" for Programme Title.

Additional information

  • Fees and costs - the Research Department of Cell and Developmental Biology is in the Division of Biosciences, Faculty of Life Sciences
  • Graduate Prospectus entry - includes sections on networking, career destinations of our students and why study this degree
  • Accommodation

To see highlights of what our current students are doing, please go to the CDB News

If you have any queries on the PhD Programme or problems with this website please contact Debbie Bartram, Graduate Research Administrator, e-mail d.bartram@ucl.ac.uk or phone 020 3549 5462 (int. 65462).

Page last modified on 08 may 15 12:29 by Deborah J Bartram