- DPhil in Medical Sciences
DPhil research opportunities 2024
- Cross-talk between adipose tissue and the cardiovascular system in humans: Using Artificial Intelligence to design precision Imaging diagnostics and discover novel therapeutic targets
- Functional coronary artery disease genetics - defining the function of new causal atherosclerosis genes
- Human fat distribution and metabolic disease
- Inflammatory infiltration induces cancer-associated fibroblast differentiation
- Imaging in Preventive Cardiology Research
- Adverse myocardial remodelling in cardiac fibrosis and atrial fibrillation
- Why does turbulent blood flow cause cardiovascular disease?
- Watkins Group – Various projects relating to inherited heart muscle disease
- Iron and Immunity
- De Novo Mutations and Human Disease
- Understanding the principles of gene expression in health and disease.
- Inflammation in p53 mutant myeloproliferative neoplasms
- Developing improved models of normal and malignant blood cell development
- New Immune Therapies For Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) And Myeloid Blood Cancers.
- Building the skull – normal and abnormal development
- Single Cell Biology of Hematopoietic Stem- and Progenitor Cells in Blood Cancer and Ageing
- Genomics and Genome Editing
- Therapeutic opportunities emerging from studies of immune checkpoints
- Design of advanced haematopoietic stem cell and T cell therapies
- Non-invasive cardiac metabolism assessment using ultra-high field (7T) MR Spectroscopy
- Understanding how glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP1) and gastric inhibitory polypeptide (GIP) receptors contribute to metabolism in complex tissues
- Elucidating the role of disease modifying gene variants in inherited cardiomyopathies using induced pluripotent stem cell derived cardiomyocytes and CRISPR/Cas-9
- Hyde Group - Airway Gene Therapy - Engineering Lentiviral Vectors for Lung Cell-Specific Targeting
- Characterising spatial tissue niches in human immune system development and disease using computational biology, machine learning and multi-omics approaches
- Applications of multi-omics and AI to decode T cell recognition code in time and space
- Kini Group - A network approach to identifying novel genes causing neurodevelopmental disorders- The SATB pathway
- Generating extracellular vesicles for therapeutic Immunomodulation and building tools to determine their diagnostic potential.
- Development and Application of Hyperpolarized Magnetic Resonance Imaging in the Study of the Diseased Heart
- Homologous recombination in genome maintenance and cancer prevention
- Impact of endogenous DNA damage and repair in early haematopoiesis
- Non-invasive tests for the prediction of clinical outcomes in people with metabolic dysfunction associated steatotic liver disease
- Development and combination of advanced neuroimaging to understand functional changes in Multiple Sclerosis
- How do protein making factories prevent cardiovascular disease?
- Development of genetic therapies for cardiomyopathy: creating an evidence base for ethical and clinical implementation.
- Advanced early detection of lytic bone disease using multi-modal computational analysis of bone marrow biopsies and skeletal imaging
- Occult hepatitis B virus infection (OBI) in people who donate blood: virology, immunology and liver health (OPAL)
- Characterising Human Intestinal Development and Dysregulation in Childhood Diseases
- Single Cell Biology, Molecular Mechanisms And Genetics of Transformation of Clonal Haemopoiesis to Myeloid Blood Cancer (MDS and AML)
- Leeson Group - Developing new echocardiography diagnostics with AI
- AI deep generative models for contrast enhancement of MRI: Towards needle-free and more informative MRI examination of the heart
- How to apply
- Funding Options
- Meet the team
Career Paths of Former Students
- Associate Professor - Universiti Putra Malaysia
- Freelance Copy Editor
- Wellcome Trust Research Fellow - Kennedy Institute, University of Oxford
- Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow - Stanford University
- Senior Scientist - Immunocore
- Postdoctoral Fellow - Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
- Assistant Head Teacher - West London Free School
- Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine - Queen Mary University London, Barts & The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
- University Research Lecturer & British Heart Foundation Research Fellow - Cardiovascular Medicine, RDM, University of Oxford
- Senior Policy Manager - Research Councils UK (RCUK)
- Skills and Training
Most of our students, whether basic scientists or clinical fellows, are fully funded. The department is able to offer full funding at a generous level for basic scientists and our Principal Investigators have considerable experience in supporting clinicians in their applications for Clinical Research Fellowships (CRF).
Funding for Basic Scientists
Our flagship funding programme provides a number of fully-funded four-year scholarships for basic science students. The programme is open to any outstanding candidates. The RDM Scholars Programme is advertised each September for students who want to start the following October.
The MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, which is one of the constituent institutes of RDM, has a number of scholarships available to students of any nationality.
The Radcliffe Department of Medicine is participating in Black Academic Futures via the Medical Sciences Division's guarantee of at least 10 places per year across its doctoral programmes.
There are a range of other funding sources, some of which are attached to particular programmes elsewhere in the University. On many of these programmes candidates are placed within RDM to work with a supervisor here.
Many of the clinicians studying with us are funded through Clinical Research Fellowships (CRFs) from a range of sources, including the British Heart Foundation, the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust. Applications for CRFs are made separately, but your prospective supervisor will be happy to provide advice on the opportunities that may be available and how to make a successful application. In line with the normal duration of CRFs, clinical projects are usually structured for completion in three years.
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