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New PhD programme from the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology at UCL/Birkbeck

9 December 2008


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A new BBSRC-funded interdisciplinary four-year PhD programme at the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology (ISMB) is being launched this week. Based at UCL and Birkbeck, the programme aims to give students in-depth interdisciplinary training and opportunities for discovery at the interface of Structural, Chemical, and Computational Biology.

"This is an excellent chance for students to study and be trained outside of the conventional disciplinary boundaries in a first-class research environment," said Programme Director Professor Gabriel Waksman (UCL Biochemistry and Birkbeck Structural Molecular Biology). 

In their first year, students will undertake two linked lab rotation projects while also receiving technical training from leading experts in the ISMB. With these skills in hand, students will then focus on a single multidisciplinary project for their PhD, selected from the wide range of research areas currently under investigation by ISMB members.

Applications from students seeking exciting research opportunities are now being accepted. For more information, please see the links at the top of this page.

The Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology
The ISMB was created in 2003 to promote Structural Biology, Proteomics, and Chemical Biology at UCL and Birkbeck, and to foster closer links between various schools and departments in the two institutions. It seeks to provide a scientific environment conducive to world-class research in the field of protein science, and to exploit the knowledge of protein function to further our understanding of human diseases. Members of the institute include some of the most productive UK scientists in the field of structural biology, chemical biology, biophysics, proteomics and bioinformatics. Another major goal of the ISMB is to promote interdisciplinary research linking its five programmes, Structural Biology, Chemical Biology, Biophysics, Proteomics, and Bioinformatics.