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PhD in Cancer Biology, Cardiff School of Biosciences (PhD Studentship)

Reference Number: R1056
Closing Date: Closed for applications
Duration: 3 years
Funding Amount: Fees plus stipend
Level of Study: Postgraduate Research
Regions: EU (Non UK), International (Non EU), UK
This funding opportunity is now closed for application

We have a 3 year PhD studentship funded by Cancer Research Wales available for a start date of 1 October 2013.This includes a stipend and generous consumables package. The research will be undertaken in the European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute and School of Bioscience, Cardiff University under the supervision of Prof. Alan Clarke (ECSCRI Director), Prof. Trevor Dale and Dr Paul Shaw.

Key Studentship Information

Project Title: Developing stem cell containing organoids from primary and metastatic human colorectal cancer for preclinical studies of stratified colorectal cancer therapeutics

Project Description:

This exciting project will establish state of the art 3D colon cancer culture (organoid culture) from patient samples to test our hypothesis that this ex vivo model system will demonstrate much needed early evidence of pre-clinical utility enabling stratification of anti-cancer agents according to tumour phenotypes.

You will join established laboratories with an excellent track record in supporting PhD studentships within our Cancer Studies programme. The establishment in 2009 of the Cardiff Cancer Research UK Centre reflects the high standard of basic and clinical science within Cardiff University and aims to drive the knowledge that has been gained to patient benefit

Cancer Research UK also funds a number of PhD Studentships and Clinical Fellowships within the programme and you will mix with a wide variety students and post-doctoral scientists. More information can be found about cancer research in Cardiff by visiting our Cancer Studies PhD programme page and our Cancer and Genetics postgraduate research page. Please also review the Cancer Research Wales website for further information, as well as the website for The European Cancer Stem Cell Institute.

Supervisors: Professor Alan Clarke, Professor T Dale and Dr Paul Shaw.

Start Date: 1st October 2013


This studentship includes UK/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend. The stipend for the first year will be £14,135, and will increase in each subsequent year.

The studentship is open to applicants worldwide. Non-EU applicants will need to fund the difference between the UK/EU tuition fee rate and the overseas tuition fee rate.


Interested candidates need to show:

How to Apply

Applications for this PhD studentship can be made through our Online Application Service. Please ensure you state in the 'Funding' section of the application that you intend to apply for this studentship.

References should be emailed to

Application Deadline: 7 May 2013

Further information

For more information please contact Swapna Khandavalli via email ( or by telephone (+44 (0)29 2087 5243).