Fully funded PhD Studentship:  Development of a translational 3D model for pancreatic cancer research

Application deadline:   30 April 2017

Start Date:   June - August 2017

 Primary Supervisor:   Dr Daniela Loessner

Secondary Supervisor:   Professor Fran Balkwill

Centre for Cancer & Inflammation


Who should apply

We are looking for a graduate with an interest in biological and medical sciences,as well as a cross-disciplinary interest in bioengineering, with, or expecting, a 2:1 or better in a relevant science-based degree.

Applicants for whom English is not a first language will also require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent, unless their undergraduate degree was studied in and awarded by an English speaking country. For more information on acceptable English language qualifications please click here.

Project summary

This project aims to develop a pre-clinical 3D co-culture model to mimic the tumour microenvironment that will be at the forefront of research in cancer biology. A major goal will be the dissection of the complex cellular communication which takes place within multi-cellular cancer spheroids and between these spheroids and their microenvironment using state of the art characterisation techniques. The 3D co-culture model will then be utilised to screen therapeutics for pancreatic cancer treatment.

Additional Benefits

Our studentships aim to develop a cohort of scientists equipped both intellectually and technically to conduct the highest quality research on cancer.

Our research degrees are supplemented by a comprehensive support programme, providing training in a wide range of biomedical laboratory methods and other vital transferable skills.


This studentship includes the following funding for 3 years:

  • A tax free annual stipend of approximately £18,500 p/a
  • Project consumables
  • Tuition Fees (up to the Home/EU rate only)*

*If you are classified as an overseas student for fee purposes you will be expected to fund the difference in tuition fees. You will need to provide proof of funding with your application.

How to apply

To be eligible for this PhD studentship you need to meet the criteria outlined in the 'Who Should Apply' section above.

To apply you will need to complete our online PhD application form. As part of this you will need to provide the following documents:

  • Your CV
  • Statement of purpose
  • Details of 2 referees. At least one of these should be an academic referee.
  • Copy of your transcript(s), including a breakdown of marks
  • Copy of your passport
  • If applicable, proof of English proficiency

Please ensure you provide all supporting documents, as we are unable to consider incomplete applications.

Contact Information

For project related queries please contact Dr Daniela Loessner (d.loessner@qmul.ac.uk).

For general enquiries please contact the BCI Teaching Office (bci-cancercourses@qmul.ac.uk)


This site uses cookies in order to function properly. By continuing to browse, you agree that we can save them on your device. Privacy Policy.