PhD Studentships in Nervous System Development and Disease

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: London, ENGLAND
Deadline: 20 May 2021

UCL Department / Division
UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
Specific unit / Sub department
Developmental Biology and Cancer
Location of position
Duration of Studentship
3 years
£17,609 per annum
Vacancy Information
Two 3-year PhD Studentships, funded by the National Institutes of Health USA and the Bo Hjelt Spina Bifida Foundation, are available within the Nervous System Development and Disease Group in the Developmental Biology and Cancer Programme at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health.
Studentship Description
The studentships will commence in autumn 2021 under the supervision of Professor Nick Greene and Professor Andrew Copp. Students will join a multidisciplinary research group focussed on understanding the causes, defining mechanisms and designing novel therapies for disorders of the developing central nervous system. We have a particular focus on development of the neural tube and the associated birth defects, such as spina bifida, and use a wide range of approaches including genetic models (especially in mice), imaging, transcriptomic and metabolomic approaches.
The PhD projects will provide a training in developmental biology and utilise multiple techniques including mouse genetics, embryo culture, light and confocal fluorescence microscopy, live imaging, biochemistry, molecular biology and metabolome analysis. The PhD students will have the opportunity to benefit from a range of skills training courses run by UCL. Students will receive a starting stipend of £17,609 per annum (including London weighting) as well as the cost of tuition fees based on UK fee status. 
Project 1: How does folic acid prevent spina bifida in the embryo? (Professor Andrew Copp)
Project 2: Investigating the impact of anti-retroviral treatment on the risk of abnormal embryonic development (Professor Nick Greene)
To apply, please send a current CV including the contact details of two professional referees as well as a cover letter to Enquiries regarding the post can be made to Prof. Andrew Copp ( or Prof. Nick Greene (
Person Specification
Applicants should have, or expect to receive an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree or a Master’s degree (or equivalent work experience) in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
This studentship covers the cost of tuition fees based on the UK (Home) rate.  Non-UK students can apply but will have to personally fund the difference between the UK (Home) rate and the overseas rate where they are not eligible for UK fee status.
NB: You will be asked about your likely fee status at the interview so we would advise you to contact the UCL Graduate Admissions Office for advice should you be unsure whether or not you meet the eligibility criteria for Home fee status.  Further information on Brexit and the definitions for fee status assessment can be found on the UCL website and also the UKCISA website (Higher Education: Definitions for fee status assessment).
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Contact details
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Closing Date
20 May 2021
Interview date
early June
Studentship Start Date
Autumn 2021
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