Institute for Regeneration and Repair

New PhD Programme launched with funding from Martin KS Lee

27 January 2021

Scientist pipetting in the laboratory

The Institute for Regeneration and Repair (IRR) has launched a £2m PhD programme in stem cell and regenerative medicine research.

The 4-year PhD programme aspires to educate the next generation of leaders and influencers in regenerative medicine. It will deliver bespoke, cross-disciplinary training to equip graduates with the skills to drive regenerative medicine’s potential to advance human health.

The £2m gift from Martin KS Lee – a director of the Lee Shau Kee Foundation in Hong Kong – has created the Martin Lee Doctoral Scholarship Programme in Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine. Martin Lee Scholars will have access to fully-funded PhD training with researchers at IRR.

World-class research training

Students on the programme will be supervised and mentored by world-renowned experts in stem cell research, regenerative medicine, inflammation research and tissue repair. The programme will benefit from being hosted by IRR in Edinburgh BioQuarter, a vibrant research environment which supports scientists and clinicians in translating their exciting research into the clinic.

The Institute for Regeneration and Repair is focused on developing effective therapies for devastating diseases that currently have no good treatment options. This extremely generous donation will help train the next generation of scientists in this important area

Professor Stuart Forbes, Director of the IRR

Students will receive foundation training and complete two research rotation projects before selecting their 3-year PhD research project. Projects will span the breath of research areas at IRR, ranging from fundamental science to clinical and industrial translation projects. Martin Lee Doctoral Scholars will take part in key postgraduate teaching events at the institute. In addition, a series of programme-specific training and networking opportunities will cultivate a supportive and interactive cohort of Martin Lee Doctoral Scholars.

International networking

The programme will include an annual symposium, which will bring together students and faculty from Edinburgh and Hong Kong universities. Martin Lee Doctoral Scholars will also have the chance to experience research environments in Hong Kong through the University’s numerous partnerships in the region.

The Martin Lee Doctoral Scholarship programme offers scholars a fantastic opportunity to work across the various disciplines in the field of stem cells and regenerative medicine. Our graduates will be equipped to take on challenging positions within academic, healthcare or industrial environments.

Dr Marieke Hoeve, Programme Co-director

Students on this programme will be trained and mentored by some of the most influential academics in the field of regenerative medicine.

Professor Lesley Forrester, Programme Co-director

Martin Lee Doctoral Scholarships

Scholarships will be awarded competitively. Scholarships include a stipend and tuition fees as well as funding for research, training and travel. The programme is open to those who are eligible for UK Home Fees and those ordinarily resident in Hong Kong. The first cohort of students will join the programme in September 2021.

Further details about the programme and how to apply can be found on the programme website. The closing date for applications is 16 March 2021.

Website of the Martin Lee Doctoral Scholarship Programme in Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine