12 new NC3Rs PhD studentships announced

The NC3Rs commits £1.08 million to training of early career scientists under 2012 Studentships Scheme.

NC3Rs studentships provide a solid introduction to research that aims to replace, reduce and refine (3Rs) the use of animals in science. The students undertake scientific training with a prestigious institution in an exciting field that pushes the boundaries of how research is conducted.

The Centre is funding 12 PhD studentships with leading research groups for projects covering all of the 3Rs, totalling a £1.08 million investment over 36 months. The successful research groups are now looking to recruit highly motivated candidates to commence their PhDs in 2013.

The Studentship Scheme was introduced to embed the 3Rs in the training of early career scientists from a broad range of research backgrounds. For full details and how to apply visit the studentship vacancies page.


Information on grants awarded (in alphabetical order)

Imperial College London

  • Professor Margaret Dallman. Live imaging of mucosal and vascular inflammation in zebrafish in response to a high cholesterol diet (3 years)

King's College London

  • Professor Susan Brain. Refining an established model of hypertension in the mouse (3 years)
  • Dr Pierre Guermonprez. Development of an in vitro culture system generating haematopoietic dendritic cells (DCs) from mouse embryonic stem cells (3 years)

University of Cambridge

  • Dr Robert Busch. A microfluidic platform to measure division of single cells in cancer and the immune system (3 years)
  • Professor Christine Watson. Recapitulating the adult stem cell and cancer stem cell niche in vitro using 3D engineered matrices (3 years)

University of Edinburgh

  • Dr James Dear. Development of urinary exosomes as biomarkers of drug-induced kidney injury (3 years)
  • Dr Richard Mort. An integrated platform to assay melanoblast and melanoma invasion of epidermis in vitro (3 years)

University of Leeds

  • Dr Joan Boyes. Development of an in vitro system to determine the causes of aberrant, leukaemogenic V(D)J recombination reactions (3 years)

University of Manchester

  • Dr Tao Wang. An induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) disease model to investigate vascular endothelial function for generic stroke CADASIL (3 years)

University of Oxford

  • Dr Philip Biggin. Using molecular simulation to improve prediction of drug export (3 years)
  • Dr Nicholas Lakin. Dictyostelium as non-animal model to identify DNA repair pathways as targets for cancer therapy (3 years)

University of York

  • Dr Paul Genever. 3D gene knockout tissue models using adult human stem cells (3 years)

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