The aim of this 4-year PhD programme is to train the next generation of synthesis chemists to PhD level who will be experienced in working at the interface between synthetic chemistry and biology at various stages of pre-clinical drug discovery. Our interdisciplinary programme brings together world-class research groups with facilities in synthesis chemistry, pharmacology, biochemistry and biology.
During the first year students embark on their practical chemistry training and are brought up to speed in disease-focussed research by a combination laboratory rotations in chemistry and biology (academic and industrial), workshops and hot topics. The transition to second year is marked by students developing their own PhD proposals in conjunction with chemistry and biology supervisors involved with the programme. Projects are often inspired and driven by individual interests and student interactions during the first year.
Our 6th Annual Student Symposium was held at the CRUK Cambridge Research Institute in October 2012. Our guest speaker was Professor Herbert Waldmann from the Max-Planck Institute (see photo). The 2013 symposium will be held at the same venue on Thursday 10th October and one of our guest speakers will be Prof Chris Schofield (University of Oxford). If would like to attend (free registration) please complete the online registration form.
The programme has been funded by Cancer Research UK. Funding for studentships from October 2011 has been from the Cambridge Cancer Centre, The Department of Chemistry and the School of Physical Sciences (University of Cambridge). We also interact with local pharmaceutical and biotech companies (Cancer Research Technology, BioFocus, Domainex, Neusentis and Astex Therapeutics) for a broad range of activities such as workshops and lab rotations in Year 1.
Interested PhD applicants for this programme should note that we will not be recruiting for an October 2014 intake. But we encourage you to apply to the Department of Chemistry directly.
Programme management: Prof Shankar Balasubramanian
(Director, Department of Chemistry) and Dr Rebecca Myers (Associate Director,
Department of Chemistry).
Royal Society of Chemistry's BMCS 7th Postgraduate Symposium for Biological and Medicinal Chemistry
This year's symposium will be held in the Department of Chemistry at Cambridge on Friday 13th December 2013. Postgraduate students wishing to present a talk or a poster should submit their registration forms and abstracts no later than 26th September 2013 using the online registration form. The registration deadline for attending (only) 6th December. Please note there is no parking at the department. Click here to download a flyer.