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Funding and projects

The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences recruits over 40 PhD students every year.

Most studentships* due to commence in September/October will be advertised on this website the preceding November/December. 

Occasionally we advertise studentships at other times of the year and these can be found on the Find a PhD website.

Approximately 50% of our studentships are funded by Research Councils. We are currently offering PhD Studentships under the following schemes:

You can view a complete list of PhD funding options on the central Queen Mary pages.

Queen Mary postgraduate research studentships

Queen Mary offers research studentships each year, which are tenable for up to three years. The studentships cover tuition fees and provide maintenance at the basic research council level.

All Queen Mary studentships, which are available in our School, will be listed in the table below (with the funding source listed as QMUL).

For more information on these studentships visit Queen Mary's central postgraduate research studentship page.

Postgraduate research projects

Below you will find an A-Z list of our current postgraduate research opportunities and the funding options available.

NB If you are self-funding your PhD studies or have alternative funding please contact the relevant supervisor to discuss your eligibility and the application process.

ProjectSupervisorFundingKeywordsDepartments
Arynes as agents for transition metal-free C(sp3)-H bond functionalizationDr Christopher JonesQMULOrganic chemistry, Synthetic chemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Application of DNA-based asymmetric catalysis to natural product synthesisDr Stellios ArseniyadisCiência sem Fronteiras
CONACYT,
China Scholarship Council
Catalysis, DNA, Organic Chemistry, Multi-step Synthesis, Synthetic ChemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Biocatalysis at the nanoscaleDr Maxie RoesslerCiência sem Fronteiras
CONACYT,
China Scholarship Council
Analytical chemistry, Biochemistry, Electrochemistry, Physical chemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Biomarkers of Subjective VitalityDr Janelle Jones (primary); Dr Michael Pluess (secondary)

Ciência sem Fronteiras
CONACYT,
China Scholarship Council

ESRC Doctoral Training Center

Subjective Vitality; Well-Being; Biomarkers; Longitudinal Studies; HealthBiological and Experimental Psychology

Biophysical chemistry: Mechanistic insights into biocatalysis through unpaired electrons

Dr Maxie RoesslerQMULBiophysical chemistry, enzyme catalysis, electrochemicalChemistry and Biochemistry
Comparative physiology and evolution of neuropeptide signallingProf Maurice Elphick

Ciência sem Fronteiras

CONACYT,
China Scholarship Council

Neurobiology, Evolution, Echinoderms, Bioinformatics, Genomics, Transcriptomics, Peptidomics, Molecular HistologyOrganismal Biology
Competition and coexistence in complex ecological communitiesDr Axel RossbergQMULApplied mathematics, Bioinformatics, Ecology and conservation, Environmental science, Statistics,Organismal Biology
Computational modeling of photo-phenomena in condensed phaseDr Rachel Crespo-OteroChina Scholarship Council,
CONACYT,
Ciência sem Fronteiras
Biophysics, Computational Chemistry, Materials Science, Physical ChemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Consequences of reduction in concentration of reaction centers on the structure and function of the photosynthetic membraneProf Alexander RubanCiência sem FronteirasLight Harvesting, Photosynthetic Membrane, Reaction Center, Photosystem II, Photoinhibition, Photoprotection, Electron Microscopy,Cell and Molecular Biology
Contextual information in adaptationDr Isabelle MareschalCONACYTNeuroscienceBiological and Experimental Psychology
Designing peptide and small molecule inhibitors for the treatment of Gram-negative bacterial infectionsDr Ewan Main

Ciência sem Fronteiras
China Scholarship Council

Bacterial infections, Protein protein interactions, Peptide inhibitors, Gram-negative bacterial infections, Type Three Secretion SystemChemistry and Biochemistry
Developing novel drugs to target Chagas diseaseDr Shane WilkinsonCONACYTChagas disease, Trypanosoma, nitroreductase, DNA repair, Interstrand crosslink, ProdrugsCell and Molecular Biology
Developing prodrugs to target neglected tropical diseasesDr Shane WilkinsonCiência sem Fronteiras
China Scholarship Council
Chagas disease, Trypanosoma, nitroreductase, DNA repair, Interstrand crosslink, ProdrugsCell and Molecular Biology
Developing novel drugs to target LeishmaniasisDr Shane WilkinsonCONACYTLeishmaniasis, nitroreductase, DNA repair, Interstrand crosslink, ProdrugsCell and Molecular Biology
Development and characterization of new energy materialsDr Isaac AbrahamsCONACYT
Ciência sem Fronteiras
Electrochemistry, Inorganic Chemistry Materials ScienceChemistry and Biochemistry
Development of new DNA-based asymmetric desymmetrisation processesDr Stellios ArseniyadisCiência sem Fronteiras
CONACYT,
China Scholarship Council
Catalysis, DNA, Multi-step Synthesis, Organic Chemistry, Synthetic ChemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Divergent synthesis of polycyclic heterocycles via direct C(sp3)-H bond activationDr Christopher Jones

China Scholarship Council

CONACYT

Ciência sem Fronteiras

Organic Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Synthetic ChemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Diversity of insect and protist assemblages in natural metacommunities along the gradient of environmental changeDr Pavel KratinaCONACYTAquatic Metacommunities, Biodiversity Loss, Climate Change, Dispersal, Community Assembly, Microcosms, Bromeliad Food WebsOrganismal Biology
DNA nanotechnology and/or Molecular ElectronicsDr Matteo PalmaCiência sem FronteirasBiomedicine, Biotechnology, DNA, NanotechnologyChemistry and Biochemistry
A theory of the fundamental adaptive properties of natural light harvestingDr Christopher D P DuffyCONACYT
Ciência sem Fronteiras
Applied Mathematics, Biophysics, Botany/Plant Science, Computational ChemistryCell and Molecular Biology
Dynamic interactions between people in complex decision making contextsDr Magda OsmanCiência sem Fronteiras
CONACYT,
China Scholarship Council
Psychology, Behaviour, Mental Model, Decision MakingBiological and Experimental Psychology
Enzyme catalysis and materials chemistryDr Maxie Roessler

China Scholarship Council
CONACYT
Ciência sem Fronteiras

Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Electrochemistry, Materials Science, Physical ChemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Evolutionary genomics in antsDr Yannick WurmCiência sem FronteirasGenetics, Social Evolution, Next Generation Sequencing, BioinformaticsOrganismal Biology
From learning to creativity: the neural mechanisms of flexible learningDr Caroline Di Bernardi LuftQMUL Computer Science and IT, Data analysis, Psychology, MusicBiological and Experimental Psychology
Gene-Environment Interaction and Mental Health Across the Life CourseDr Michael Pluess

Ciência sem Fronteiras
CONACYT,
China Scholarship Council

ESRC Doctoral Training Center

Well-Being; Mental Health; Gene-Environment interaction; Genetics; Differential Susceptibility; Vantage Sensitivity; Cohort StudiesBiological and Experimental Psychology
Genetics of personality and psychological well-beingDr Michael Pluess

 Ciência sem Fronteiras
CONACYT,
China Scholarship Council

ESRC Doctoral Training Center

 Well-Being, Mental Health, Personality, GCTA, GWAS, Genetics, Cohort StudiesBiological and Experimental Psychology
How are human chromosomes captured and pulled apart into two equal sets?Dr Viji M. Draviam-SastrySelf-fundedBiochemistry, Cancer/Oncology, Cell Biology/Development, Genetics, Molecular BiologyChemistry and Biochemistry
Improved computational methods for quantitative proteomicsProf. Conrad BessantCONACYTAnalytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Applied Mathematics, Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Data Analysis, Software EngineeringCell and Molecular Biology
The evolution of immunity in species exposed to invading pathogensDr Rob KnellCONACYTEcology, Conservation, Evolution, Parasitology, ImmunityOrganismal Biology
Life Course Predictors of Psychological Well-BeingDr Michael Pluess

Ciência sem Fronteiras
CONACYT,
China Scholarship Council

ESRC Doctoral Training Center

Well-Being, Positive Development, Life-Course, Competence, Cohort StudiesBiological and Experimental Psychology
Luminescent metal complexes for optoelectronics based on fluorinated organic ligandsDr Peter WyattCONACYTOrganic Synthesis, Photonic Materials, Organofluorine, Luminescence, Optoelectronics Chemistry and Biochemistry
Mechanisms that drive aneuploidy in cancersDr Viji M. Draviam-SastryChina Scholarship Council
CONACYT
Ciência sem Fronteiras
Biochemistry, Cancer/Oncology, Cell Biology/Development, Data AnalysisChemistry and Biochemistry
Metal catalysed activation of dioxygen (air) for selective substrate oxidationDr Tippu Sheriff

CONACYT

Ciência sem Fronteiras

Selective Oxidation, Dioxygen, Hydrogen Peroxide, Catalysis, Green ChemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Metal-free C(sp3)-H arylation of unsaturated heterocyclesDr Christopher R Jones

CONACYT
Ciência sem Fronteiras

China Scholarship Council

Organic Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Synthetic ChemistryChemistry and Biochemistry

Molecular genetics of psychiatric disease

Dr Caroline Brennan

CONACYT
Ciência sem Fronteiras

China Scholarship Council

Bioinformatics, genes, psychiatric disease, zebrafishBiological and Experimental Psychology

A Multilateral Investigation into Nucleation and Growth of Magnesite

Dr Devis Di Tommaso

CONACYT
Ciência sem Fronteiras

China Scholarship Council

Computational chemistry, materials chemistry, molecular dynamics, physical chemistry,Chemistry and Biochemistry
Neural dynamics of learning from feedback: tracking and affecting subjective feedback evaluationDr Caroline Di Bernardi Luft

CONACYT
Ciência sem Fronteiras

China Scholarship Council

Electrophysiology, Signal processing, Artificial intelligence, Brain stimulationBiological and Experimental Psychology
New microbial quality testing for drinking water deviceDr Ali ZarbakhshCONACYTEnvironmental Chemistry, Materials Science, Physical ChemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
New tools for conservation: dissecting the relative contribution of genetic and epigenetic changes to adaptive evolutionDr Christophe EizaguirreCONACYT Ecology and Conservation, Evolution, GeneticsOrganismal Biology
Novel biosensors of protein assembly in and near lipid-bilayers: synthesis and applicationsDr Lilia MilanesiChina Scholarship CouncilBiochemistry, Neuroscience, Protein assemblyChemistry and Biochemistry
Photo-cleavable fluorescent probes for the real-time detection of zinc in biological spaceProf Mike WatkinsonCiência sem Fronteiras
CONACYT
China Scholarship Council
Analytical chemistry, Environmental chemistry, Inorganic chemistry, Organic chemistry, Synthetic chemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Precision engineering of enzyme organisationProf Richard PickersgillBBSRCBiochemistry, enzymes, precision engineering, therapeuticsChemistry and Biochemistry
Processing of natural imagesDr Isabelle MareschalCiência sem FronteirasVision, Natural images, Eye movements, Psychophysics, Faces, Cross-modal integrationBiological and Experimental Psychology
Protein misfolding and the molecular basis of Alzheimer’s DiseaseDr John VilesCiência sem Fronteiras
CONACYT,
China Scholarship Council
Biochemistry, Neurodegeneration, Protein Mis-foldingChemistry and Biochemistry
Quantifying the life-cycle of parasites using population genomic dataProf Richard NicholsCiência sem Fronteiras
China Scholarship Council
Parasite Genomics, Population Genetics Simulation, Statistical modelling, Mathematical BiologyOrganismal Biology
Role of optical lensing in bacterial phototaxis and photosynthesisProf Conrad MullineauxQMULBiochemistry, Biophysics, Cell biology / development, Microbiology, Molecular biology,Cell and Molecular Biology
Self-assembled block copolymers as drug delivery systems for skin treatmentsProf Marina Resmini
CONACYTNanomaterials, Drug delivery, Self-assembled nanoparticles, Dermal deliveryChemistry and Biochemistry
Social behaviour, cognition and communication in domestic goatsDr Alan McElligottCiência sem Fronteiras
CONACYT,
China Scholarship Council
Psychology, Behaviour, Animal Welfare, Emotion, Cognition, BioacousticsBiological and Experimental Psychology
Social dynamic decision makingDr Magda OsmanCONACYTPsychology, NeuroscienceBiological and Experimental Psychology
Social groups, resilience, health and well-beingDr Janelle Jones

Ciência sem Fronteiras

CONACYT

Social groups, Identity, Mental health, Stress, Resilience, Well-being, Psychophysics, PsychoneuroendocrinologyBiological and Experimental Psychology
Smart molecular imprinted polymers for therapeutic monitoring of anticancer drugsProf Marina ResminiQMULMaterials science, Pharmaceutical chemistryChemistry and Biochemistry

Spatially explicit theoretical community ecology

Dr Axel RossbergQMULApplied mathematics, Bioinformatics, Ecology and conservation, Environmental science, Neuroscience/neurology, Statistics,Organismal Biology
Structural molecular biology of the type II bacterial secretion systemProf. Richard PickersgillCONACYTBiochemistry, Biophysics, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Structural BiologyChemistry and Biochemistry
Structure-function studies of Legionella pneumophila type-II secretion system substrates and the molecular basis of their recognition during exportDr James GarnettCiência sem Fronteiras
CONACYT,
China Scholarship Council
Biochemistry, Biophysics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Structural BiologyChemistry and Biochemistry
Toward a new generation of photo and electro-active inorganic/organic nano-hybrids: from design to applicationsDr Cristina GiordanoChina Scholarship CouncilElectro-chemistry, Nanotechnology, Photo catalysisChemistry and Biochemistry

Understanding genetic factors underlying vulnerability to nicotine addiction and response to treatment

Dr Caroline Brennan

Professor Robert Walton (IHSE, Centre for Health Sciences)

QMULAddiction, Biotechnology, Genetics, ZebrafishBiological and Experimental Psychology
Warming impacts on ectotherms: new physiological perspectives on global warmingDr Andrew HirstQMULClimatology and climate change, Ecology and conservation, Environmental science, OceanographyOrganismal Biology

 

*A PhD studentship is a funded postgraduate studentship opportunity either attached to a specific research project or open to postgraduate research applicants in a specific field or academic school. Awards in this category will usually provide a minimum of full standard UK/EU fees and will often include a maintenance stipend. For UK Research Council studentships, the maintenance stipend will meet a nationally agreed minimum level.

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