Lungs for Living Research Centre



We aim to provide our students with the skills to become not only successful creative researchers, but leaders in their field.

Research degrees

The Lungs for Living Research Centre has a established track record in providing high-quality training to PhD students interested in basic, translational and clinical research in the areas of lung cancer and airway stem cells.

Current PhD students and Clinical Training Fellows

  • Jessica Allen-Hyttinen - Molecular signals involved in human lung regeneration and development, funded by the Medical Research Council (UCL-Birkbeck MRC Doctoral Training Programme)
  • Samantha Arathimou - Gli as a novel therapeutic target in malignant mesothelioma, funded by the British Lung Foundation
  • Panagiota Chondrou - The role of SPARC in the pathogenesis of squamous cell lung cancer, funded by the Medical Research Council and UCL Physics & Astronomy
  • Rebecca Graham - Investigating the antigen presentation properties of mesenchymal stem cells, funded by the Medical Research Council
  • Jessica Orr - Molecular signals involved in human lung regeneration and development, funded by BREATH/Longfonds
  • Zoe Whiteman - Investigating the role of dysregulated PI3K signalling in the progression of lung squamous cell carcinoma, funded by Cancer Research UK
  • Tsvetana Stoilova - MRC UCL PhD student (UCL-Birkbeck MRC Doctoral Training Programme)
  • Kaylee Worlock - Molecular signals involved in human lung regeneration and development, funded by the Medical Research Council
  • Dr Sophia Antoniou - Improving the early diagnosis of Lung Cancer: testing and validation of biomarkers for early diagnosis, funded by the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation
  • Dr Sarah Clarke - Understanding the role of respiratory epithelial basal cells in lung disease, funded by GSK
  • Dr Lukas Kalinke - Using bronchoscopic electrocautery for the treatment of pre-invasive airways disease, funded by the Rosetrees Trust
  • Dr Adam Pennycuick - Mechanisms of progression to invasive lung cancer: a systems biology approach, funded by a Wellcome Clinical PhD Fellowship
  • Dr Henry Yung - Molecular signals involved in human lung regeneration and development, supported by a Scadding-Morriston-Davies Fellowship

Recent PhD graduates

Undergraduate and Postgraduate teaching

Members of the Centre actively contribute to the undergraduate MBBS, iBSc, BSc and Masters teaching programmes within the Division. The Centre provides BSc and MSc/MRes research project supervision for highly motivated students.

UCL’s cutting edge new MSc in Respiratory Clinical Science has been designed for those who seek to lead the way in the growing field of Respiratory Medicine – as clinicians or as scientists. This MSc will focus on the study of the scientific and clinical basis of Respiratory diseases with all courses and modules directed towards understanding disease and the effects on patients. To learn more about this programme click here.

Current Masters and Undergraduate students

  • Lama Alqahtan - Human Tissue Repair MSc- Project: Role of microbiome in lung cancer progression
  • Feier Li - Clinical and Public Health Nutrition MSc- Project: Lung cancer and clinical nutrition

Interested in joining the team?

If you have a good academic record, are interested in a career in biological science or academic medicine and would like to discuss opportunities in our Centre, please contact the Principal Investigator or Senior Research Associate whose research area most interests you.

Current students

UCL provides a range of opportunities to expand your research and transferable skills and to support your mental and physical wellbeing:

Further resources for students and supervisors