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Student and postdoc life

Our students and postdoctoral researchers are a vital part of CIMR, and our goal is provide a supportive environment for all, both in and out of the lab. Both our student and postdoc representatives — Guy Pearson, Paolo Gallipoli and Claudia Puri — are members of the CIMR General Purposes Committee, and ensure that views about the institute are heard. Another key part of their role in promoting a strong social network at CIMR.

Student life

Our student group, whose activities are chaired by Guy Pearson, provides a voice for all CIMR students - both those in basic research and clinicians doing their PhD research here. While MPhil and PhD students also have a social home and career development opportunities through their College in the University, the CIMR student group drives local events to bring CIMR students together. The student group coordinate all social events together with the postdoctoral committee and our neighbours at the Mitochondrial Biology Unit, including the new monthly happy hour, and Guy is keen to hear other ideas for activities throughout the year.

CIMR happy hour

CIMR postdoctoral committee

The postdoctoral committee aims to support the professional development and social interaction of all postdoctoral researchers at CIMR. Through our monthly meetings, we provide a venue for postdocs to meet and gain advice from their peers. Our goal is to provide a social hub for researchers, especially the new members of the institute. We organize events throughout the year, including autumn drinks for new starters, pub crawls around Cambridge, wine tasting, the Christmas party and a summer BBQ. Our career events with invited speakers inform CIMR postdocs about relevant aspects of the life sciences, including science communication, funding and industry, and highlight the different career paths available to researchers. Our list of invited academic speakers includes Ada Yonath and Peter Lawrence.

CIMR MBU quiz 2014

We are now expanding our outreach, by joining forces with the MBU committees, as well as the postdoctoral coordinators for Cambridge University, in the hope of growing a wider support network for researchers in the city. If you have ideas for new events, we would love to hear from you. Our meetings are open to all postdoctoral researchers and wide participation is encouraged!

Co-chairs of postdoctoral committee

Paolo Gallipoli


Claudia Puri



Chair of student committee

Guy Pearson


Student testimonials

“One of CIMR’s great strengths is the breadth of science being done here. There are people harnessing a plethora of different techniques and approaches to do some really exciting science, and they’re always happy to teach you so you can apply it to your own project.”

“It’s not all work! There are regular socials that provide a chance to meet people from other groups. The result is a friendly community atmosphere, which makes CIMR an enjoyable and productive place to work.”

Andrew Munro, 2nd year MBPhD student, CIMR Medicine

"I enjoy working at the CIMR because people are friendly and there is so much expertise under one roof".

Anne Streeter, 2nd year PhD student


"Working at CIMR allows you direct access to the world's best in both science and medicine. With a strong focus on basic science, but also access to patient samples, the department really encompasses the benchside-to-bedside attitude to research."

"The 1+3 rotation scheme allowed me to experience three very different labs, working on completely different areas of research. Coming into a new city and department, this really helped me to find not just what I wanted to work on but the type of lab I wanted to work in. The weekly seminars alongside the rotations have also given me a grounding in multiple different areas of research that are going on in the building - which is especially useful when unexpected things come up later into your PhD as you already have connections of who to talk to that may be able to help you."

Francesca Nice, 2nd Year PhD Student, Haematology