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British Heart Foundation 4-year MRes/PhD Studentships at Imperial College Centre for Translational and Experimental Medicine.


Applications are invited for a BHF 4 year MRes/PhD studentship starting in October 2015 at the Imperial Centre for Translational and Experimental Medicine, Hammersmith Campus. The studentships are funded through a training grant from the BHF on a tax-free bursary starting from £22,278 per annum.  Tuition fees will be paid at the Home/EU rate.

The Cardiovascular Sections of the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College, have been united in the new state-of-the art Imperial College Centre for Translational and Experimental Medicine, where they join collaborators such as the MRC Genetics and Genomics Unit. The present scheme takes advantage of new adjacencies with jointly supervised projects to explore novel areas in cardiovascular and stem cell science.  

We have four BHF MRes/PhD studentships available to commence in October 2015 on the following projects:

1.    Platelet and Leukocyte Priming and its Role in Atherothrombosis: A novel molecular and cellular imaging project. Word Document

2.    Investigation of the cross-talk between cAMP and cGMP signalling pathways in human pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes and in human failing heart. Word Document

3.    Investigation of the relationship between protein kinase Cε and transcriptional co-regulator RIP140 in endothelial and cardiomyocyte function and cross-talk during inflammation. Word Document

4.    Regulation of endothelial Nitric Oxide by the transcription factor ERG. Word Document

Students will first undertake the MRes in Biomedical Research, a full-time master’s course with supervisors drawn from clinical sciences/biomedical sciences and physical/computational sciences with 2 research projects (one in each of the supervisors’ laboratories) as well as taught classes. Upon successful completion of the MRes year, students will (if suitable) progress to the jointly-supervised 3-year PhD training programme.

Imperial College London provides excellent opportunities for research student training. All students benefit from a full programme of training in research and transferable skills organised through the Graduate School, the quality of which has been recognised several times at the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards.

How to Apply


Applicants must hold, or expect to obtain, a first or upper second-class honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate subject from a recognised academic institution. To apply, select a project listed above for more information on the project and application process. Please send your CV, the names and addresses of at least two academic referees, and a personal statement of no more than 1,000 words explaining your interest in a cross-disciplinary approach to cardiovascular science relevant to the project, to Dr Gunvanti Goding.

Closing date for all applications: 12 January 2015

Interviews will be held at the end of January 2015

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