Cambridge PhD Training Programme in Chemical Biology and Molecular Medicine
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 in the programme. Projects are often inspired and driven by the student's individual interests and interactions during the first year. Students are expected to defend their PhD proposals at our Annual Symposium. In the past, our guest speakers have included Our 6th Annual Student Symposium was held at the CRUK Cambridge Research Institute in October 2012. Our guest speaker was Prof Herbert Waldmann from the Max-Planck Institute (see photo), Prof Chris Schofield (University of Oxford), Dr Tom Heightman (Astex Pharmaceuticals) and Dr Tony Wood (Global VP for Medicinal Chemistry, Pfizer).
The programme was originally funded exclusively by Cancer Research UK. Funding for studentships since 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. 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).