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The goal of the Cambridge PhD programme in Cardiovascular Research is to train scientists in cross-disciplinary research related to cardiovascular disease, particularly those who can work effectively across traditional disciplines and lead collaborative research projects. The programme combines formal training in molecular and cellular biology, physiology of model organisms, human physiology, and human genetics and genomics.

The programme brings together world-leading expertise, drawing on faculty at the University of Cambridge’s School of Clinical Medicine and School of Biological Sciences and several interdisciplinary institutes: the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, the Babraham Institute, the Wellcome-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, the MRC Biostatistics Unit, the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit the MRC Epidemiology Unit and the Institute of Metabolic Science.

The programme’s principal investigators are at the international forefront of their scientific disciplines, and provide breadth of expertise from molecules and cells through animals to human studies. The training provides an excellent environment for cross-disciplinary research with a sharp focus on translational implications for human health.

Organisation and Research Area

Cardiovascular Research in Cambridge is centred on the Clinical Schools Departments of Medicine (Divisions of Cardiovascular and Respiratory Medicine CaRM), and the Department of Haematology. In the Biological Schools it is centred in the Departments of Biochemistry, Pharmacology and Physiology. In addition, cardiovascular research comprises defined work streams in the Wellcome-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, , MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit, and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute).

The programme comprises three interlinked research areas:

1. Cardiovascular Biology
2. Stem Cell and Developmental Biology
3. Genetics and Genomics

Whilst each of these areas has its own particular expertise, there is extensive collaboration both within and across research areas, providing a multidisciplinary approach to cardiovascular research. Details of principle investigators by theme.

Please read the FAQ carefully and apply through the application portal.

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