UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Developmental Biology and Cancer Programme

Science underpinning Developmental Biology and Cancer: to study the key processes necessary for normal development and tissue homeostasis that are altered in childhood diseases.



Developmental Biology of Birth Defects

Developmental Biology of Birth Defects

Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

Affiliated Groups

Education Opportunities

GOSHCC-ICH Surgeon Scientist PhD Programme

Great Ormond Street Hospital Chairty

Thanks to the generous support of GOSH Children's Charity, UCL GOS ICH is launching a new Surgeon Scientist PhD programme aimed as surgical trainees ready to begin a career in academia.

PhD Studentship in Developmental Biology, Genetics & Biochemistry

Sparks PhD Studentship

A 3-year PhD Studentship is available within the Developmental Biology and Cancer Programme, UCL Institute of Child Health under the supervision of Professor Nick Greene, Professor Andrew Copp and Professor Phil Stanier. The studentship will be carried out in a well-established research group focussing on the embryonic processes of early nervous system development, using a range of developmental biology, biochemical and genetic approaches.

The project focuses on neural tube defects (NTDs; e.g. spina bifida) which are severe birth defects resulting from failure of embryonic neural tube closure. The overall purpose is to investigate the relationship between maternal inositol status, embryonic inositol metabolism and the development of NTDs. The student will receive training in a range of techniques including mass spectrometry, analysis of genomic datasets and gene sequencing. In parallel they will become familiar with techniques of developmental biology, including whole embryo culture and RNA and protein expression analysis, with a special focus on neurulation.

The project will be suitable for a student with a BSc in Biochemistry, Developmental Biology, Genetics or a similar discipline. Applicants should have or expect to receive a first class or upper second class honours degree and should be ordinarily resident in the UK or EU. Knowledge and laboratory experience of research in biochemistry or developmental biology would be an advantage. The student will receive a stipend starting at £16,785 per annum as well as the cost of tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. The studentship is funded by SPARKS.

More information on how to apply.

Deadline for receipt of applications: Sunday 18th June 2017
Interviews will take place during late June 2017.