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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.




ProjectSupervisorFundingKeywordshide DepartmentsDepartments
Application of DNA-based asymmetric catalysis to natural product synthesisArseniyadis, Dr StelliosCsF
CONACYT
CSC
Catalysis, DNA, Organic Chemistry, Multi-step Synthesis, Synthetic ChemistryChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Biocatalysis at the nanoscaleRoessler, Dr MaxieCsF
CONACYT
CSC
Analytical chemistry, Biochemistry, Electrochemistry, Physical chemistryChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Bioinformatics at the Epigenetic-Proteomics InterfaceBessant, Prof Conrad, Hurd, Dr PaulLife Sciences InitiativeBioinformatics, Biomedicine, Bioscience, Computer scienceCell and Molecular BiologyCell and Molecular Biology
Biomarkers of Subjective VitalityJones, Dr Janelle (primary) Pluess, Dr Michael (secondary)CsF
CONACYT
CSCl

ESRC

Subjective Vitality; Well-Being; Biomarkers; Longitudinal Studies; HealthBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological and Experimental Psychology
Comparative physiology and evolution of neuropeptide signallingElphick, Prof MauriceCsF
CONACYT
CSC
Neurobiology, Evolution, Echinoderms, Bioinformatics, Genomics, Transcriptomics, Peptidomics, Molecular HistologyOrganismal BiologyOrganismal Biology
Computational modeling of photo-phenomena in condensed phaseCrespo-Otero, Dr RachelCsF
CONACYT
CSC
Biophysics, Computational Chemistry, Materials Science, Physical ChemistryChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Consequences of reduction in concentration of reaction centers on the structure and function of the photosynthetic membraneRuban, Prof AlexanderCsFLight Harvesting, Photosynthetic Membrane, Reaction Center, Photosystem II, Photoinhibition, Photoprotection, Electron Microscopy,Cell and Molecular BiologyCell and Molecular Biology
Contextual information in adaptationMareschal, Dr IsabelleCONACYTNeuroscienceBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological and Experimental Psychology
Designing peptide and small molecule inhibitors for the treatment of Gram-negative bacterial infectionsMain, Dr EwanCsF
CSC
Bacterial infections, Protein protein interactions, Peptide inhibitors, Gram-negative bacterial infections, Type Three Secretion SystemChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Developing novel drugs to target Chagas diseaseWilkinson, Dr ShaneCONACYTChagas disease, Trypanosoma, nitroreductase, DNA repair, Interstrand crosslink, ProdrugsCell and Molecular BiologyCell and Molecular Biology
Developing prodrugs to target neglected tropical diseasesWilkinson, Dr ShaneCsF
CSC
Chagas disease, Trypanosoma, nitroreductase, DNA repair, Interstrand crosslink, ProdrugsCell and Molecular BiologyCell and Molecular Biology
Developing novel drugs to target LeishmaniasisWilkinson, Dr ShaneCONACYTLeishmaniasis, nitroreductase, DNA repair, Interstrand crosslink, ProdrugsCell and Molecular BiologyCell and Molecular Biology
Development and characterization of new energy materialsAbrahams, Dr IsaacCONACYT
CsF
Electrochemistry, Inorganic Chemistry Materials ScienceChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Development of new DNA-based asymmetric desymmetrisation processesArseniyadis, Dr StelliosCsF
CONACYT
CSC
Catalysis, DNA, Multi-step Synthesis, Organic Chemistry, Synthetic ChemistryChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Divergent synthesis of polycyclic heterocycles via direct C(sp3)-H bond activationJones, Dr ChristopherCsF
CONACYT
CSC
Organic Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Synthetic ChemistryChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Diversity of insect and protist assemblages in natural metacommunities along the gradient of environmental changeKratina, Dr PavelCONACYTAquatic Metacommunities, Biodiversity Loss, Climate Change, Dispersal, Community Assembly, Microcosms, Bromeliad Food WebsOrganismal BiologyOrganismal Biology
DNA nanotechnology and/or Molecular ElectronicsPalma, Dr MatteoCsFBiomedicine, Biotechnology, DNA, NanotechnologyChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
A theory of the fundamental adaptive properties of natural light harvestingD P Duffy, Dr ChristopherCONACYT
CsF
Applied Mathematics, Biophysics, Botany/Plant Science, Computational ChemistryCell and Molecular BiologyCell and Molecular Biology
Dynamic interactions between people in complex decision making contextsOsman, Dr MagdaCsF
CONACYT
CSC
Psychology, Behaviour, Mental Model, Decision MakingBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological and Experimental Psychology
Enzyme catalysis and materials chemistryRoessler, Dr MaxieCsF
CONACYT
CSC
Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Electrochemistry, Materials Science, Physical ChemistryChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry

The evolution of bacterial symbiosis with eukaryotic hosts

Henry, Dr LeeQMULEcology and conservation, Evolution, Microbiology, Molecular biology, Organismal BiologyOrganismal Biology
Evolutionary genomics in antsWurm, Dr YannickCsFGenetics, Social Evolution, Next Generation Sequencing, BioinformaticsOrganismal BiologyOrganismal Biology
Functionalization of metallic ceramic nanoparticles for fundamental and applied science: toward smarter materialsGiordano, Dr CristinaQMULInorganic chemistry, Materials science, Physical chemistry, Synthetic chemistry,Chemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Gene-Environment Interaction and Mental Health Across the Life CoursePluess, Dr MichaelCsF
CONACYT
CSC
ESRC
Well-Being; Mental Health; Gene-Environment interaction; Genetics; Differential Susceptibility; Vantage Sensitivity; Cohort StudiesBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological and Experimental Psychology

The genetics of cognitive biases in the development and treatment of psychiatric disorders

Keers, Dr RobertQMULPsychology and psychiatry, Genetics, Neuroscience / NeurologyBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological and Experimental Psychology
Genetics of personality and psychological well-beingPluess, Dr MichaelCsF
CONACYT
CSC
ESRC
 Well-Being, Mental Health, Personality, GCTA, GWAS, Genetics, Cohort StudiesBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological and Experimental Psychology
How are human chromosomes captured and pulled apart into two equal sets?Draviam-Sastry, Dr Viji M.Self-fundedBiochemistry, Cancer/Oncology, Cell Biology/Development, Genetics, Molecular BiologyChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Improved computational methods for quantitative proteomicsBessant, Prof. ConradCONACYTAnalytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Applied Mathematics, Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Data Analysis, Software EngineeringCell and Molecular BiologyCell and Molecular Biology
The evolution of immunity in species exposed to invading pathogensKnell, Dr RobCONACYTEcology, Conservation, Evolution, Parasitology, ImmunityOrganismal BiologyOrganismal Biology
Life Course Predictors of Psychological Well-BeingPluess, Dr MichaelCsF
CONACYT
CSC
ESRC
Well-Being, Positive Development, Life-Course, Competence, Cohort StudiesBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological and Experimental Psychology
Luminescent metal complexes for optoelectronics based on fluorinated organic ligandsWyatt, Dr PeterCONACYTOrganic Synthesis, Photonic Materials, Organofluorine, Luminescence, Optoelectronics Chemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Nanoscale bioelectronic devices: a single molecule approach to biosendingPalma, Dr MatteoQMULMaterials science, Biotechnology, Physical chemistry, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Chemical engineering, Nanotechnology, Bioelectronics, Molecular electronics, Devices, Single-molecule, BiosenorsChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Mechanisms determining local species richnessRossberg, Dr AxelQMULBiophysics, Botany/plant science, Data analysis, Ecology and conservation, Environmental Science Evolution, Marine biology, Statistics,  ZoologyOrganismal BiologyOrganismal Biology
Mechanisms that drive aneuploidy in cancersDraviam-Sastry, Dr Viji M.CsF
CONACYT
CSC
Biochemistry, Cancer/Oncology, Cell Biology/Development, Data AnalysisChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Metal catalysed activation of dioxygen (air) for selective substrate oxidationSheriff, Dr TippuCONACYT
CsF
Selective Oxidation, Dioxygen, Hydrogen Peroxide, Catalysis, Green ChemistryChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Metal-free C(sp3)-H arylation of unsaturated heterocyclesR Jones, Dr ChristopherCsF
CONACYT
CSC
Organic Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Synthetic ChemistryChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Modelling of hybrid nanostructures for nanoelectronics and renewable energy applicationsCrespo-Otero, Dr Rachel, Palma, Dr MatteoCONACYTBiophysics, Computational chemistry, Materials science, Physical chemistry,Chemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry

Modeling of nonadiabatic phenomena in condensed phase

Crespo-Otero, Dr RachelQMULComputational chemistry, Materials science, Physical chemistryChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Molecular genetics of psychiatric diseaseBrennan, Dr CarolineCsF
CONACYT
CSC
Bioinformatics, genes, psychiatric disease, zebrafishBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological and Experimental Psychology
A Multilateral Investigation into Nucleation and Growth of MagnesiteDi Tommaso, Dr DevisCsF
CONACYT
CSC
Computational chemistry, materials chemistry, molecular dynamics, physical chemistry,Chemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Neural dynamics of learning from feedback: tracking and affecting subjective feedback evaluationDi Bernardi Luft, Dr CarolineCsF
CONACYT
CSC
Electrophysiology, Signal processing, Artificial intelligence, Brain stimulationBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological and Experimental Psychology
New microbial quality testing for drinking water deviceZarbakhsh, Dr AliCONACYTEnvironmental Chemistry, Materials Science, Physical ChemistryChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
New tools for conservation: dissecting the relative contribution of genetic and epigenetic changes to adaptive evolutionEizaguirre, Dr ChristopheCONACYT Ecology and Conservation, Evolution, GeneticsOrganismal BiologyOrganismal Biology
Novel biosensors of protein assembly in and near lipid-bilayers: synthesis and applicationsMilanesi, Dr LiliaCSCBiochemistry, Neuroscience, Protein assemblyChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Photo-cleavable fluorescent probes for the real-time detection of zinc in biological spaceWatkinson, Prof MikeCsF
CONACYT
CSC
Analytical chemistry, Environmental chemistry, Inorganic chemistry, Organic chemistry, Synthetic chemistryChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Processing of natural imagesMareschal, Dr IsabelleCsFVision, Natural images, Eye movements, Psychophysics, Faces, Cross-modal integrationBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological and Experimental Psychology
Protein misfolding and the molecular basis of Alzheimer's DiseaseViles, Dr JohnCsF
CONACYT
CSC
Biochemistry, Neurodegeneration, Protein Mis-foldingChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Quantifying the life-cycle of parasites using population genomic dataNichols, Prof RichardCsF
CSC
Parasite Genomics, Population Genetics Simulation, Statistical modelling, Mathematical BiologyOrganismal BiologyOrganismal Biology
Self-assembled block copolymers as drug delivery systems for skin treatmentsResmini, Prof Marina
CONACYTNanomaterials, Drug delivery, Self-assembled nanoparticles, Dermal deliveryChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Social behaviour, cognition and communication in domestic goatsMcElligott, Dr AlanCsF
CONACYT
CSC
Psychology, Behaviour, Animal Welfare, Emotion, Cognition, BioacousticsBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological and Experimental Psychology
Social dynamic decision makingOsman, Dr MagdaCONACYTPsychology, NeuroscienceBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological and Experimental Psychology
Social groups, resilience, health and well-beingJones, Dr JanelleCsF
CONACYT
Social groups, Identity, Mental health, Stress, Resilience, Well-being, Psychophysics, PsychoneuroendocrinologyBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological and Experimental Psychology
Structural molecular biology of the type II bacterial secretion systemPickersgill, Prof. RichardCONACYTBiochemistry, Biophysics, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Structural BiologyChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Structural molecular biology and synthetic biology of bacterial microcompartments and nano-tubesPickersgill, Prof. RichardQMUL Biochemistry, Biophysics, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Structural BiologChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry 
Structure-function studies of Legionella pneumophila type-II secretion system substrates and the molecular basis of their recognition during exportGarnett, Dr JamesCsF
CONACYT
CSC
Biochemistry, Biophysics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Structural BiologyChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Toward a new generation of photo and electro-active inorganic/organic nano-hybrids: from design to applicationsGiordano, Dr CristinaCSCElectro-chemistry, Nanotechnology, Photo catalysisChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry

 

*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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