Cambridge Institute for Medical Research

Wellcome Trust PhD Programme for Clinicians

Supervisor Profiles

This programme is extremely diverse and draws together research scientists from across many different departments and institutes (Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Departments within the School of Clinical Medicine, the Brain Repair Centre, , the MRC-LMB, the Institute of Metabolic Science, the Institute of Public Health, the Wellcome Trust Gurdon Institute, the Wellcome Trust Institute for Stem Cell Biology, the Hutchinson / MRC Building, the Cancer Research UK Institute and the Departments of Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physiology Development and Neuroscience within the University of Cambridge.

Within these institutes and departments, we have 132 high quality Principal Invesitigators across 7 defined themes, committed to train our fellows.


Genetic Medicine
Theme lead is Professor Fiona Karet
Dr Carl Anderson, CDF Group Leader, Sanger Institute
Dr Jeff Barrett, CDF Group Leader, Sanger Institute
Dr Ines Barroso, Sanger Group Leader, Sanger Institute
Professor Allan Bradley, Director Emeritus, Sanger Institute
Professor V Krishna Chatterjee, Professor of Endocrinology
Professor Timothy Cox, Professor of Medicine
Professor David Dunger, Professor of Paediatrics
Dr Richard Durbin, Senior Group Leader, Sanger Institute
Dr Sadaf Farooqi, Wellcome Trust Clinical Scientist Fellow/Honorary Consultant
Dr Daniel Gaffney, Group Leader, Sanger Institute
Dr Fiona Gribble, Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Science
Dr Tim Hubbard, Senior Group Leader, Sanger Institute
Dr Matthew Hurles, Group Leader, Sanger Institute
Professor Fiona Karet, Professor of Nephrology/Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow in Clinical Science
Dr Michal Minczuk, MRC Programme Leader, MRC-MBU
Dr Ville Mustonen, CDF Group Leader, Sanger Institute
Dr Toni Vidal Puig, Reader in Human Metabolism (Clinical)
Professor Stephen O'Rahilly, Professor of Clinical Biochemistry and Medicine
Dr Manj Sandhu, Group Leader, Sanger Institute
Dr Bill Skarnes, Senior Group Leader, Sanger Institute
Dr Nicole Soranzo, CDF Group Leader, Sanger Institute
Professor John Todd, Professor of Medical Genetics
Dr Chris Tyler-Smith, Senior Group Leader, Sanger Institute
Dr Yosuke Yusa, Group Leader Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Dr Eleftheria Zeggini, Group Leader, Sanger Institute

Infection and Immunity
Theme lead is Professor Kenneth Smith
Dr Matt Berriman, Group Leader, Sanger Institute
Dr Oliver Billker, Senior Group Leader, Sanger Institute
Professor Edwin Chilvers, Professor of Respiratory Medicine
Professor Gordon Dougan, Senior Group Leader, Sanger Institute
Dr Andres Floto, Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Fellow
Professor Arthur Kaser, Professor of Gastroenterology
Dr Paul Kellam, Senior Group Leader, Sanger Institute
Professor Dominic Kwiatkowski, Senior Group Leader, Sanger Institute
Dr Trevor Lawley, CDF Group Leader, Sanger Institute
Professor Paul Lehner, Professor of Immunology and Medicine/ Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow in Clinical Science
Professor Andrew Lever, Professor of Infectious Diseases
Professor Duncan Maskell, Marks & Spencer Professor of Farm Animal Health, Food Science and Food Safety
Dr Andrew McKenzie, Senior Programme Leader MRC-LMB
Dr Michael Neuberger, Senior Programme Leader MRC-LMB
Dr Julian Parkhill, Senior Group Leader, Sanger Institute
Dr Julian Rayner, Group Leader, Sanger Institute
Professor John Sinclair, Professor of Molecular Virology
Professor Kenneth Smith, Genzyme Professor of Experimental Medicine
Dr Sarah Teichmann, EMBL-EBI and Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Professor John Trowsdale, Professor of Immunology
Dr Martin Turner, Head of Programme, Babraham Institute
Professor Linda Wicker, Professor of Immunogenetics/ Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow in Basic Biomedical Science
Professor James Wood, Director of the Cambridge Infectious Diseases Consortium

Epidemiology, Public Health and Primary Care
Theme lead is Professor Carol Brayne
Professor Carol Brayne, Professor of Public Health Medicine
Professor John Danesh, Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine
Dr Simon Griffin, Group Leader MRC Epidemiology Unit
Professor Kay-Tee Khaw, Professor of Clinical Gerentology
Professor Gordon Smith, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Professor Simon Tavaré, Professor of Cancer Research (Bioinformatics)
Professor Nick Wareham, Director MRC Epidemiology Unit


Neurosciences and mental health
Theme lead is Professor David Rubinsztein
Prof Andrea Brand, Herchel Smith Professor of Molecular Biology
Professor Alastair Compston, Professor of Neurology
Professor James Fawcett, Professor of Experimental Neurology
Dr Paul Fletcher, Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Science
Professor Ian Goodyer, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Professor Anthony Holland, Health Foundation Chair in Learning Disabilities
Professor Peter Jones, Professor of Psychiatry
Dr Leon Lagnado, Senior Programme Leader MRC-LMB
Dr Darren Logan, CDF Group Leader, Sanger Institute
Professor David Menon, Head, Division of Anaesthesia
Professor Angela Roberts, Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience
Dr Akhilesh Reddy, Wellcome Trust Clinician Scientist
Professor Trevor Robbins, Professor of Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience
Professor David Rubinsztein, Professor of Molecular Neurogenetics/Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Science
Professor Barbara Sahakian, Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology
Dr Jon Simons, University Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience
Professor Maria Spillantini, Reader in Molecular Neurology


Structural and cell biology applied to Medicine
Theme lead is Professor Ashok Venkitaraman
Dr David Adams, Group Leader, Sanger Institute
Dr Shankar Balasubramanian, Reader in Chemical Biology
Professor Kevin Brindle, Professor of Biomedical Magnetic Resonance
Dr Folma Buss, Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Basic Biomedical Science
Dr Peter Campbell, Group Leader, Sanger Institute
Professor Carlos Caldas, Professor of Cancer Medicine
Dr Jason Carroll, Group leader Cancer Research UK, Cambridge Institute
Professor Chris Dobson, John Humphrey Plummer Professor of Chemical and Structural Biology
Dr Christian Frezza, Group Leader MRC Cancer Cell Unit
Professor Gillian Griffiths, Professor of Immunology and Cell Biology, Director Cambridge Institute for Medical Research
Dr Ramanujan Hegde, Group Leader, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
Dr Florian Hollfelder, University lecturer
Dr James Huntington, MRC Senior Non-clinical Fellow
Dr Philip Jones, Associated Research Group Leader
Dr David Klenerman, Reader in Biophysical Chemistry
Dr Pentao Liu, Group Leader, Sanger Institute
Dr Ben Luisi, Reader and Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow in Basic Biomedical Science
Professor J Paul Luzio, Professor of Molecular Membrane Biology
Dr Ultan McDermott, CDF Group Leader, Sanger Institute
Dr Sean Munro, Senior Programme Leader MRC-LMB
Dr Mike Murphy, Group Leader MRC-MBU
Professor David Neal, Professor of Urology
Professor Ketan Patel, Group Leader MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
Dr Felix Randow, Group Leader MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
Professor Randy Read, Professor of Protein Crystallography/Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow in Basic Biomedical Science
Professor Margaret Robinson, Professor of Molecular Cell Biology/Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow in Basic Biomedical Science
Dr Julian Sale, Group Leader MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
Dr Richard Sandford, Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow in Clinical Science
Dr Melina Schuh, Group Leader MRC-LMB
Dr Murray Stewart, Senior Programme Leader MRC-LMB
Professor Mike Stratton, Director, Sanger Institute
Dr George Vassiliou, CDF Group Leader, Sanger Institute
Professor Ashok Venkitaraman, Ursula Zoellner Professor of Cancer Research, Joint Director MRC Cancer Cell Unit
Professor Alan Warren, Professor of Haematology
Dr Roger Williams, Group leader MRC-LMB
Dr Gavin Wright, Group Leader, Sanger Institute

Cardiovascular Medicine
Theme lead is Professor Martin Bennett
Professor Martin Bennett, BHF Professor of Cardiovascular Sciences
Professor Morris Brown, Professor of Clinical Pharmacology
Dr Anthony Davenport, Reader in Cardiovascular Pharmacology
Professor Jonathan Gillard, Professor of Neuroradiology
Professor Dino Giussani, Reader in Development Cardiovascular Physiology & Medicine;
Dr Nick Morrell, Reader in Respiratory Medicine
Dr Willem Ouwehand, Reader/Consultant Haematologist
Dr Susan Ozanne, BHF Lecturer


Developmental Biology
Theme lead is Dr Rick Livesey
Professor Sarah Bray, Reader in Developmental Biology
Dr Nicholas Brown, Senior Group Leader, Gurdon Institute
Professor Anne Ferguson-Smith, Reader in Developmental Genetics
Dr Berthold Gottgens, Leukaemia Research Fund Lecturer
Professor Anthony Green, Professor of Haemato-Oncology
Professor William Harris, Professor of Anatomy
Dr Brian Huntly, MRC Senior Clinical Fellow
Dr Rick Livesey, University Senior Lecturer
Dr Emma Rawlins, MRC Research Fellow
Professor Austin Smith, MRC Professor and Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Stem Cell Research
Professor Daniel St. Johnston, Professor and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow
Dr Derek Stemple, Senior Group Leader, Sanger Institute
Professor Azim Surani, Director of Germline and Epigenomics Research/Head of Wellcome Laboratories
Dr Ludovic Vallier, MRC Senior Research Fellow
Dr Vijay Yadav, Group Leader, Sanger Institute
Professor Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz, Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow

Please click here for a flow chart of the Management and administrative structure of the programme (pdf file).

As per Wellcome Trust regulations, supervisors are only able to accommodate 1 Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD student at any time