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Cambridge Institute for Medical Research


Information for prospective postgraduate students

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There is currently no dedicated, Institute-funded postgraduate programme. Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact a potential supervisor from CIMR’s Principal Investigators in the first instance; the full PI list is here.
If there is mutual interest, then funding and application options can be considered and developed. More information on the application process and University or College funding is found here and here.

University funding for scholarships is, for example, available through the Cambridge Trust (, the Gates Cambridge Trust ( and the Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholarships ( ).

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Cambridge
The Program provides fully-funded scholarships to allow African students to pursue full-time Master’s degrees at Cambridge.  The CIMR MPhil in Medical Science, is one of the courses included in this program.
For details on eligibility criteria and the application process, please visit the website:

For applications to the CIMR PhD in Medical Science the course code is MDMR22 and for a CIMR MPhil by research in Medical Science the course code is MDMRM2.
Please email Amanda Goldsmith (Postgraduate Students Administrator) at with any further questions.

In addiition, CIMR participates in the Doctoral Training Programme in Medical Research at the School of Clinical Medicine. A list of potential supervisors is as follows:

Name Research Topic
Professor Folma Buss Molecular mechanism of myosin motors in health and disease - from malaria to neurodegeneration
Dr Janet Deane The role of sphingolipids in health and disease
Dr Melissa Gammons Molecular mechanisms of Wnt signalling in health and disease
Dr David Gershlick Characterising the secretory pathway machinery
Dr Zuzana Kadlecova Integration of NAK kinases with membrane trafficking machinery
Dr Janin Lautenschlager Protein phase separation at the synapse - Alpha-synuclein in health and disease
Professor Stefan Marciniak The role of endoplasmic reticulum stress in disease
Dr Jonathon Nixon-Abell Organelle interactions and dynamics in neurons
Professor Julian Rayner The molecular mechanisms of malaria infection
Professor Randy J Read FRS Methods for structural biology
Professor Evan Reid Unravelling the molecular pathology of axon death
Professor David Ron MD, FMedSci, FRS Protein folding homeostasis in the endoplasmic reticulum
Professor David Rubinsztein FMedSci, FRS Autophagy and neurodegeneration
Dr Symeon Siniossoglou Linking phospholipid metabolism to membrane and organelle function
Professor Alan J Warren FMedSci Mechanisms of ribosome assembly
Professor Michael Weekes Innate immune evasion by intracellular pathogens

Competitive awards for postgraduate training fellowships can be also obtained through some medical research charities.

There are further opportunities for clinical trainees as CIMR PIs participate in the PhD Programme for Health Professionals at Cambridge and East Anglia ; the School of Clinical Medicine additionally runs an MB/PhD programme.