Graduate Studies

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A number of opportunities for postgraduate students exist within Experimental Medicine, to study and undertake research towards a Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil.) degree. There is also a Master of Science (M.Sc.) course in Integrated Immunology run by the Nuffield Department of Surgery. 


Doctoral Projects

Projects avaliable in Experimental Medicine are listed below. For further information about projects, admissions and funding with the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine go to Graduate Studies.


DPhil Project Project Supervisors Theme
A comprehensive computational platform to improve liquid biopsies for cancer detection (reference number 961) Schuster-Böckler, Benjamin and Song, Chunxiao
An integrated understanding of HIV transmission (reference number 1013) Lythgoe, Dr Katrina and Fraser, Christophe
Antigen presentation from malaria infected liver cells – identifying better CD8+ T cell antigens (reference number 865) Spencer, Alexandra and Hill, Adrian
Assessing the effects of Wolbachia biocontrol methods by evaluating ecological and virological aspects (reference number 1038) Yacoub, Sophie and Simmons, Cameron
Biomarkers of the HIV reservoir - informing strategies towards HIV remission and cure (reference number 933) Frater, John Goulder, Professor Philip
Characterising Cancer Specific Cytotoxic T cells in patients with Metastasis Pleural Effusion (reference number 1056) Dong, Tao and Rahman, Najib Kannelakis, Nikolaos and Peng, Yanchun
Clinical, epidemiology and etiology of pediatric encephalitis in southern Vietnam (reference number 1037) Tan, Le Van and Hung, Nguyen Thanh and Irani, Sarosh
CRISPR-activation and inhibition - manipulating gene expression within the stem cell (reference number 758) Davies, Ben and Knight, Julian
Cryo-EM, crystallography and functional studies of human membrane proteins involved in cancer, metabolic and neuropsychiatric disease (reference number 226) Carpenter, Liz and Pike, Dr Ashley
Defining the immune drivers of fibrotic pulmonary sarcoidosis (reference number 1054) Ho, Ling-Pei Denney, Dr Laura
Defining “response” to sepsis from electronic health records (reference number 1049) Walker, (Ann) Sarah and Eyre, Dr David and Peto, Tim
Development and characterisation of a new adjuvanted malaria vaccine (reference number 1050) Milicic, Anita and Hill, Adrian
Dissecting chemotaxis in the human parasite Leishmania (reference number 1052) Wheeler, Richard Sunter, Jack
Emerging pathogens- vaccine development (reference number 750) Lambe, Teresa and Gilbert, Sarah and Hill, Adrian and Ewer, Katie
Epigenetic targets for immunomodulatory therapy in infectious disease and cancer (reference number 825) Knight, Julian and Davies, Ben
Health economic evaluation of direct-acting antivirals for hepatitis C treatment in Vietnam (reference number 1039) Thwaites, Guy and Turner, Hugo
Helper and regulatory cell interactions involved in control of humoral responses (reference number 1053) Borrow, Persephone and Bannard, Oliver Pedroza-Pacheco, Isabela
Host inflammation in pathogenesis, treatment response and outcome of tuberculous meningitis (reference number 1042) Nguyen, Thuong Thuong and Thwaites, Guy
Identification of the protective characteristics of a promising TB vaccine candidate (reference number 745) McShane, Helen and Stylianou, Dr Elena
Identifying protective mechanisms of anti-sporozoite vaccines in humans. (reference number 1034) Ewer, Katie and Hill, Adrian
Improving viral genomic data analyses to gain new insights into HIV transmission and evolution (reference number 1011) Fraser, Christophe and McVean, Gil
Investigating the therapeutic potential of a newly discovered cellular oxygen sensor (reference number 1058) Masson, Norma and Ratcliffe, Peter
Long-read and single-cell DNA epigenetic sequencing to study cancer heterogeneity (reference number 985) Song, Chunxiao and Lu, Xin and Kriaucionis, Skirmantas
Long-term colonization with colistin resistant bacteria in provincial community, Vietnam (reference number 1041) Thi Ngo, Hoa and Trung, Nguyễn Vĩnh and Nguyen, Thuong Thuong
Modelling integrated strategies for flavivirus diseases (reference number 1043) White, Lisa and Lourenco, Jose and Hancock, Penny
Molecular basis of moonlighting enzymes – the Swiss army knives in a cell (reference number 1048) Yue, Wyatt and Elkins, Jon
Molecular Mechanisms of genetic risk in atherosclerosis (reference number 1046) O'Callaghan, Chris and Davison, Professor Lucy
Mucosal associated invariant T cells in pulmonary tissue repair (reference number 1032) Hinks, Timothy Klenerman, Paul
Predicting mortality and examining variation in outcomes for newborn units in Kenyan hospitals. (reference number 1047) English, Mike and Aluvaala, Jalemba
Public engagement as a strategy to reduce the use of antibiotics by smallholder farmers in Nam Dinh Province (reference number 1045) Lewycka, Sonia and Chambers, Dr Mary
Re-engineering the DNA binding characteristics of a speciation gene (reference number 759) Myers, Simon and Davies, Ben and Donnelly, Peter
Socio-cultural context surrounding drivers of antibiotic consumption in Nam Dinh Province and the feasibility of community-targeted interventions (reference number 1036) Van Nuil, Jennifer and Lewycka, Sonia and Cheah, Phaik Yeong
Starvation and Pseudo-starvation in cancer metastasis (reference number 437) Goding, Colin and Kriaucionis, Skirmantas
Structural mechanisms of viral inhibition by host cell factors using cryoEM (reference number 866) Zhang, Peijun and Grimes, Jonathan
Structure and dynamics of bacterial chemotaxis signalling array by cryoEM (reference number 927) Zhang, Peijun and Sansom, Professor Mark
Structure and dynamics of retrovirus capsids (reference number 1040) Bowden, Thomas and Zhang, Peijun and Stuart, David
Structure, function and drug discovery for E3 ubiquitin ligases (reference number 1006) Bullock, Alex and D'Angiolella, Vincenzo
The role of RNA virus composition in pathogenicity and host response (reference number 814) Simmonds, Peter Fodor, Professor Ervin
Understanding pathways leading to severe dengue and predicting outcomes using biomarkers and physiological data from innovative wearable devices. (reference number 1035) Geskus, Ronald and Yacoub, Sophie and Phung Khanh, Lam
Understanding the impact of bacterial infections in causing pre-cancerous lesions (reference number 1033) Boccellato, Francesco and Goding, Colin
What is the effect of genetic variation on B and T cell fate and disease susceptibility? (reference number 981) Bashford-Rogers, Rachael and Todd, John