UCL Cancer Institute


Postgraduate Research

The Cancer Institute, draws together research teams at UCL which focus on Cancer Biology and Translational Research, Experimental Cancer Therapeutics, and Clinical Cancer Studies. The Institute is a cross-disciplinary entity which promotes interdepartmental and cross-faculty learning and research. 

PhD opportunities 

CRUK-UCL Centre funded projects

Please note, the following projects are now closed (10 January 2020), projects details are for reference only until the application process has been completed. 

Targeted reversal of tumour suppressor gene silencing in DIP glioma

  • Primary supervisor: Prof Richard Jenner
  • Secondary supervisor: Prof Simona Parinello

High resolution definition of mechanisms for graft-versus-leukaemia

  • Primary supervisor: Prof Ronjon Chakraverty
  • Secondary supervisors: Prof Adele Fielding and Dr Pedro Santos e Sousa

Oncogene-induced replication stress - cancer's cause and cure

  • Primary supervisor: Prof Robertus de Bruin
  • Secondary supervisors: Dr Cosetta Bertoli

Towards Single Cell Proteomic Characterisation of Quiescent Cancer Cells

  • Primary supervisor: Prof Tariq Enver
  • Secondary supervisor: Dr Silvia Surinova

New Phd projects will be advertised on this page and on FindaPhD. If you would like to be notified directly of new funded PhD projects, please use the form below.  

Examples of recent studentships and fellowships:

New mechanisms of PI3K-driven cancer development and alternative uses of PI3K-inhibitors in cancer.
Supervisors: Professor Bart Vanhaesebroeck and Dr Priyanka Tibarewal

Discovering the protective immune response to lung cancer.
Supervisors: Professors Benny Chain, Sergio Quezada and Charles Swanton

Cancer and ageing: studying leukaemia & blood stem cell exhaustion in short-lived African killifish.
Supervisors: Dr Elspeth Payne, Professor Jürg Bähler and Dr Giovanni Stefani

Clinical Research Training Fellow - Neuro-oncology. Understanding the role of senescence in paediatric high-grade glioma
Supervisors: Professors Juan Pedro Martinez-Barbera and Darren Hargrave

Clinical Research Training Fellow - Lung cancer genomics. Elucidating functional and non-functional genomic heterogeneity in lung cancer
Supervisors: Dr Nicholas McGranahan and Dr Mariam Jamal-Hanjani

Clinical Research Training Fellow - Heamatology oncology. Investigation of strategies to avoid off target toxicity whilst enhancing CAR T cells function in childhood solid cancers
Supervisors: Professors John Anderson and Kerry Chester

Research at UCL

UCL Cancer Institute PhD Research Poster Competition 2018
PhD students present their work at the annual Institute research poster competition:

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Life in Medical Sciences
PhD student, Aśka (Prof Charles Swanton's lab), talks about her research on the evolution and adaptation of cancer:

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Funded PhD studentship and fellowship opportunities

We will advertise funded research projects on here and on FindaPhD. If you would like to hear about studentships and fellowships as soon they become available, please submit your details using the form below. (This information will only be used by the UCL Cancer Institute to send you information on funded PhD projects).

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