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PhD projects

The following list contains details of available PhD projects within the School. Please note that these projects are currently unfunded. Applicants are required to have obtained or intend to apply for external funding. See our fees and funding page for information on sources of funding for PhD studies. Applications from candidates intending to self-fund their PhD are also accepted – please visit our self-funding students page for relevant information. Our directly funded PhD opportunities are advertised on our postgraduate research studentships page.

Search our current PhD projects by keyword, supervisor or funding stream, or filter by research department. Once you have found a PhD project you would like to apply for you should express your interest, usually via email, with the supervisor before you make a formal application. If you are self-funding, or have alternative funding, contact your prospective supervisor to discuss research opportunities.

Other projects may also be possible and should be discussed with a prospective supervisor. The research themes of the School can be found on our research pages and research interests of individual members of staff can be browsed on their personal pages.




ProjectSupervisorFundingKeywordshide DepartmentsDepartments

Aryne-mediated synthesis of biologically active heterocycles

Jones, Dr Chris

CONACYT
CSC

Organic Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Synthetic Chemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Biocatalysis at the nanoscale Roessler, Dr Maxie CONACYT
CSC
Analytical chemistry, Biochemistry, Electrochemistry, Physical chemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Biomarkers of Subjective Vitality Jones, Dr Janelle (primary) Pluess, Dr Michael (secondary) Subjective Vitality; Well-Being; Biomarkers; Longitudinal Studies; Health Biological and Experimental Psychology Biological and Experimental Psychology
Centromere inheritance in S. pombe and beyond Subramanian, Dr Lakxmi

CONACYT
CSC
HEC Pakistan
IDB

Biochemistry, Cell Biology/Development, Evolution, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology Cell and Molecular Biology Cell and Molecular Biology
Combining biophysical and synthetic chemistry to decipher a key enzyme in respiration Roessler, Dr Maxie and Jones, Dr Chris

CONACYT
HEC Pakistan
IDB

Analytical chemistry, Biochemistry, Organic chemistry, Physical chemistry,  Synthetic chemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Comparative physiology and evolution of neuropeptide signalling Elphick, Prof Maurice CONACYT
CSC
Neurobiology, Evolution, Echinoderms, Bioinformatics, Genomics, Transcriptomics, Peptidomics, Molecular Histology Organismal Biology Organismal Biology
Computational modeling of photo-phenomena in condensed phase Crespo-Otero, Dr Rachel CONACYT
CSC
Biophysics, Computational Chemistry, Materials Science, Physical Chemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Computational simulations of molecular switches Crespo-Otero, Dr Rachel CSC Biophysics, Computational Chemistry, Materials Science, Physical Chemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Contextual information in adaptation Mareschal, Dr Isabelle CONACYT Neuroscience Biological and Experimental Psychology Biological and Experimental Psychology
Designing peptide and small molecule inhibitors for the treatment of Gram-negative bacterial infections Main, Dr Ewan CSC Bacterial infections, Protein interactions, Peptide inhibitors, Gram-negative bacterial infections, Type Three Secretion System Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Developing novel drugs to target Chagas disease Wilkinson, Dr Shane CONACYT Chagas disease, Trypanosoma, Nitroreductase, DNA repair, Interstrand crosslink, Prodrugs Cell and Molecular Biology Cell and Molecular Biology
Developing prodrugs to target neglected tropical diseases Wilkinson, Dr Shane CSC Chagas disease, Trypanosoma, Nitroreductase, DNA repair, Interstrand crosslink, Prodrugs Cell and Molecular Biology Cell and Molecular Biology
Developing novel drugs to target Leishmaniasis Wilkinson, Dr Shane CONACYT Leishmaniasis, Nitroreductase, DNA repair, Interstrand crosslink, Prodrugs Cell and Molecular Biology Cell and Molecular Biology
Developing novel synthetic strategies for the synthesis of metallic ceramics at lower temperature Giordano, Dr Cristina CSC Materials chemistry, Nanotechnology, Physical chemistry, Synthesis Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Development and characterization of new energy materials Abrahams, Dr Isaac CONACYT Electrochemistry, Inorganic chemistry Materials science Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Divergent synthesis of polycyclic heterocycles via direct C(sp3)-H bond activation Jones, Dr Christopher CONACYT
CSC
Organic chemistry, Pharmaceutical chemistry, Synthetic chemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Dynamic interactions between people in complex decision making contexts Osman, Dr Magda CONACYT
CSC
Psychology, Behaviour, Mental model, Decision making Biological and Experimental Psychology Biological and Experimental Psychology
Enzyme catalysis and materials chemistry Roessler, Dr Maxie CONACYT
CSC
Analytical chemistry, Biochemistry, Electrochemistry, Materials science, Physical chemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Exploring the impact of plant genome size on community structure dependent on soils and underlying geology Leitch, Prof. Andrew Self-funded Botany/Plant science, Cell Biology/Development, Ecology, Conservation, Genetics Organismal Biology Organismal Biology
Evolutionary genomics in ants Wurm, Dr Yannick

CONACYT

NERC DTP

Genetics, Social evolution, Next generation sequencing, Bioinformatics Organismal Biology Organismal Biology
Gene-Environment Interaction and Mental Health Across the Life Course Pluess, Dr Michael CONACYT
CSC
Well-being, Mental health, Gene-Environment interaction, Genetics; Differential susceptibility, Vantage sensitivity, Cohort studies Biological and Experimental Psychology Biological and Experimental Psychology
G-Protein Coupled Receptors as therapeutic targets in drug discovery Howell, Dr Lesley Self-funded Medicinal chemistry, Pharmaceutical chemistry, Synthetic chemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
How do human cells ensure the accurate segregation of chromosomes? Draviam, Dr Viji Self-funded Biochemistry, Cancer/Oncology, Cell biology/development, Genetics, Molecular biology Cell and Molecular Biology Cell and Molecular Biology
Identification of inhibitors of the pro-survival protein Mcl-1 Howell, Dr Lesley  Self-funded Medicinal chemistry, Pharmaceutical chemistry, Synthetic chemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Improved computational methods for quantitative proteomics Bessant, Prof. Conrad CONACYT  Analytical chemistry, Biochemistry, Applied mathematics, Bioinformatics, Computer science, Data analysis, Software engineering Cell and Molecular Biology Cell and Molecular Biology
In silico modelling of protein dynamics in heart disease Fornili, Dr Arianna

HEC Pakistan
IDB
Self-funded

Biochemistry, Computational chemistry, Pharmaceutical chemistry, Physical chemistry, Bioinformatics Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Ion-Selective Organic Materials for Bioelectronic Applications Nielsen, Dr Christian CONACYT
CSC
Organic chemistry, Materials chemistry, Synthetic chemistry   Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Increasing plant stress tolerance by unravelling and exploiting the mechanism of the photosynthetic NDH complex Roessler, Dr Maxie and Hanke, Dr Guy

CONACYT
CSC
HEC Pakistan
IDB

Biophysics, Biochemistry, Genetics Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
The evolution of immunity in species exposed to invading pathogens Knell, Dr Rob CONACYT Ecology, Conservation, Evolution, Parasitology, Immunity Organismal Biology Organismal Biology
Life Course Predictors of Psychological Well-Being Pluess, Dr Michael CONACYT
CSC
Well-Being, Positive Development, Life-Course, Competence, Cohort Studies Biological and Experimental Psychology Biological and Experimental Psychology
Light-driven Fe-catalysed reduction of C-C multiple bondsAn approximation to the direct use of alkenes and alkynes as nucleophilic alkyl-/alkenyl- synthons Cambeiro, Dr Xacobe CSC  Organic Chemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Loneliness and its effects on vision and decision making Mareschal, Dr Isabelle Self-funded Psychology, Mental health, Cognitive psychology Biological and Experimental Psychology Biological and Experimental Psychology
Luminescent metal complexes for optoelectronics based on fluorinated organic ligands Wyatt, Dr Peter CONACYT  Organic Synthesis, Photonic Materials, Organofluorine, Luminescence, Optoelectronics  Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Magnetic metal carbides and nitrides as alternative materials for bio-related applications Giordano, Dr Cristina CSC Materials chemistry, Nanotechnology, Physical chemistry, Synthesis Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Mechanisms that drive aneuploidy in cancers Draviam, Dr Viji CONACYT
CSC
Biochemistry, Cancer/Oncology, Cell Biology/Development, Data Analysis Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Metal catalysed activation of dioxygen (air) for selective substrate oxidation Sheriff, Dr Tippu CONACYT  Selective Oxidation, Dioxygen, Hydrogen Peroxide, Catalysis, Green Chemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry

Metal-free C(sp3)-H arylation of unsaturated heterocycles

Jones, Dr Christopher CSC Organic Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Synthetic Chemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Modelling of hybrid nanostructures for nanoelectronics and renewable energy applications Crespo-Otero, Dr Rachel, Palma, Dr Matteo Biophysics, Computational chemistry, Materials science, Physical chemistry, Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Molecular genetics of psychiatric disease Brennan, Dr Caroline CONACYT
CSC
Bioinformatics, genes, psychiatric disease, zebrafish Biological and Experimental Psychology Biological and Experimental Psychology
Neural dynamics of learning from feedback: tracking and affecting subjective feedback evaluation Di Bernardi Luft, Dr Caroline CONACYT
CSC
Electrophysiology, Signal processing, Artificial intelligence, Brain stimulation Biological and Experimental Psychology Biological and Experimental Psychology
New microbial quality testing for drinking water device Zarbakhsh, Dr Ali CONACYT Environmental Chemistry, Materials Science, Physical Chemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
New tools for conservation: dissecting the relative contribution of genetic and epigenetic changes to adaptive evolution Eizaguirre, Dr Christophe CONACYT Ecology and Conservation, Evolution, Genetics Organismal Biology Organismal Biology
Protein Misfolding and the Molecular Basis of Alzheimer’s Disease Viles, Dr John CONACYT
CSC
Biochemistry, Neurodegeneration, Protein Mis-folding Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Self-assembled block copolymers as drug delivery systems for skin treatments Resmini, Prof Marina CONACYT Nanomaterials, Drug delivery, Self-assembled nanoparticles, Dermal delivery Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Social dynamic decision making Osman, Dr Magda CONACYT Psychology, Neuroscience Biological and Experimental Psychology Biological and Experimental Psychology
Social Groups, Resilience, Health and Well-being Jones, Dr Janelle CONACYT Social groups, Identity, Mental health, Stress, Resilience, Well-being, Psychophysics, Psychoneuroendocrinology Biological and Experimental Psychology Biological and Experimental Psychology
Structural molecular biology of the type II bacterial secretion system Pickersgill, Prof. Richard CONACYT Biochemistry, Biophysics, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Structural Biology Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Targeting the CXCR4-CB2 G-protein coupled receptor complex as a treatment for breast cancer Howell, Dr Lesley

Self-funded

Organic chemistry, Pharmaceutical chemistry, Synthetic chemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Understanding the molecular mechanism of type-IX secretion in Porphyromonas gingivalis Garnett, Dr James
Self-funded
Bacteria,  Biochemistry / biophysics, Microbiology, Molecular biology / cloning, Structural biology Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry

 

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