MRC Human Genetics Unit
Medical Research Council Human Genetics Unit

Additional PhD opportunities

Available PhD projects within the MRC Human Genetics Unit.

In addition to our flagship PhD programmes we offer additional PhD and Masters opportunities: Look for current adverts below and on FindAPhD or contact us for further details:


Luke Boulter research

How do oncogenic mutations drive normal cells to behave like cancer?

Luke Boulter Lab

The Boulter lab is offering a three-year AMMF funded PhD studentship to investigate the role of mutations in bile duct cancer, cholangiocarcinoma. Unlike many tumours, bile duct cancer is genetically heterogeneous making it difficult to identify the causative mutations that could be targeted therapeutically. We are interested how mutated cells communicate with their non-mutated neighbours to drive tumour formation. This project will use a combination of in vitro methodologies including gene editing using CRISPR/Cas9, live cell imaging and in vivo models of bile duct cancer to determine how mutated cells communicate with their wild-type neighbours.

We are looking for an enthusiastic researcher who should have some experience in basic molecular techniques and cell culture.

Applications for this scholarship are now CLOSED. 

The stipend for this PhD Studentship is set at £17,350/annum and comes with a generous research budget. Informal enquiries can be made to

Application procedure: Applicants should hold at least an upper second-class degree in a relevant subject and comply with English language requirements. For full funding students must be UK or EU citizens. To apply click the button below. Select “PhD Genetics and Molecular Medicine - 3 Years (Full-time)” and with your application include a covering statement detailing the project you are applying for.

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