CDB Seminars
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First Year CDB PhD Students: Mini Symposium

Tuesday 1 July, 1.30-4.10pm

Host: Yoshiyuki Yamamoto
Room 249, 2nd Floor, Medical Sciences Building
1.30pm  Lizzie Yates: "Messed up lysosomes: what’s their role in Parkinson’s disease?"

1.45pm  Francis Carpenter: “Neural Representations of Space in Connected, Perceptually Identical Compartments”

2.00pm  Chris Penny:  "The functional architecture of Two-Pore Channels" 

2.15pm  Amina Yonis: “The role of actin nucleators in the cellular actin cortex”

2.30pm  Lewis Brayshaw: ”Cadherin de-adhesion in cancer”

2.45pm  Agnieszka Piatkowska: “Mechanism of somite formation”

3.00pm  Interval

3.10pm  Alan Greig: “Pertussis vaccination and dysfunction of the blood brain barrier: an in vitro study”

3.25pm  Marina Teter: “The role of Wnt antagonists in synapse vulnerability”

3.40pm  Gauri Bhosale: “Investigating the mitochondrial permeability transition pore as a therapeutic target in human disease”

3.55pm  Lourdes Sri Raja: "Modelling Protein Signalling Pathways during Neutrophil Differentiation"


Thursday July 3rd, 12pm
Dr Shmuel Muallem, National Institutes of Health
Title: Lysosomal ion channels: form, function and dysfunction
Host: Prof Sandip Patel
Venue: Room 249, Medical Sciences Building

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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-one research students from all over the world including the UK, Europe, America, Singapore, China, 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 and other requirements 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 2014 entry is Thursday 2 January 2014

Application procedures and deadlines for September 2015 entry will be posted here in November 2014

BBSRC Studentships For information and contact details on these please follow the link:
London Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme
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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

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).

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