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Cambridge Institute for Medical Research


Our students are a vital part of CIMR, and we aim to provide a supportive environment for all both in and out of the lab. Our Student Committee is responsible for the organisation of social and networking events, and the representation of students on Institute committees.

Student activities in CIMR are open to all MPhil and PhD students and students undertaking placements or internships. Our recurring events include a monthly happy hour with members of the Mitochondrial Biology Unit, and a bi-weekly student cake bake. We have previously organised BBQs, quiz nights, bowling nights and bake-offs. We are always happy to hear suggestions for social or academic events that we can organise.

We also represent the student body on Institute, safety and education committees and provide a point of contact for students who require academic, personal or mental health support. Both prospective and current students are more than welcome to contact any member of the committee with questions or concerns.

The CIMR Student Committee
Aurora Siniscalchi  (President),  Jennifer Palmer (Welfare Officer), Holly Monkhouse (Social Officer), Eimear Rutherford (Academic Officer)


2019 Student Christmas dinner


2019 Bake off competition


Testimonials from CIMR students

“CIMR has been an amazing place to be trained in molecular and cell biology. Every lab has extensive knowledge in studying fundamental cell processes, which can then be integrated and applied to understand your physiological system of interest.

The researchers at CIMR are incredibly bright, but equally friendly and open to collaboration. Between formal presentations and informal meetings, I’ve received feedback, technical tutorials and discussed ideas to ensure our work is rigorous and exciting. We’re also really fortunate to have the support of several core facilities whose members are similarly generous with their expertise and time.

Finally, it’s been brilliant to share this marathon journey with our student cohort across the institute. We’ll be there to cheer each other on across the finish line!”

Nivedita Sarveswaran, Geoff Woods Lab.