New PhD studentships announced to promote the 3Rs in training

We are pleased to announce 11 new PhD studentships awarded in the recent round of funding. The awards, totalling nearly £1 million, embed the 3Rs in the training of new generations of researchers from a broad range of scientific backgrounds.

One studentship is awarded jointly with the British Heart Foundation (BHF), to explore the 3Rs impacts in cardiovascular research. The project will use zebrafish embryos instead of rodents as a model to look at heart tissue repair and regeneration after inflammation.

The PhD studentship funding is provided to leading 3Rs-minded researchers in universities across the UK. At the NC3Rs, we support students’ development throughout the lifetime of their PhDs through a range of events including the annual NC3Rs Summer School, where students are given a strong foundation in understanding and applying the 3Rs.

Advertising for suitable candidates will begin in early 2017. For full details and how to apply, visit the studentship vacancies page.


Awarded studentships (in alphabetical order):

Dr Federico Dajas-Bailador, University of Nottingham, Modelling central and peripheral nervous system connectivity using compartmentalised microfluidic systems

Professor Peter Diggle, Lancaster University, Developing a novel experimental design and analysis model for longitudinal animal studies with high-dimensional outcomes

Dr Anna Grabowska, University of Nottingham, Application of a 3D hydrogel-based model to replace use of animals for passaging patient-derived xenografts

Professor Karen Kirkby, University of Manchester, Development of a biologically-relevant preclinical radiotherapy dosimetry phantom

Dr Robert Knight, King's College London, Identifying regulators of tissue regeneration by in vivo imaging in the zebrafish

Professor Margaret Anne Knowles, University of Leeds, Organoid and single cell models of bladder cancer

Professor Adriano Rossi, University of Edinburgh, Investigation of key inflammatory cells & mediators in zebrafish larval tailfin & heart repair/regeneration following resolution of inflammation (joint award with BHF)

Dr Abdolrahman Shams Nateri, University of Nottingham, Genetic screens in intestinal/colon organoid (mini-gut) culture using the CRISPR-Cas9 system

Dr Reiko Tanaka, Imperial College London, In silico design and optimisation of novel host-directed therapies

Dr Adriana Tavares, University of Edinburgh, Standardization of preclinical PET/CT protocols across multiple research centres

Dr Martin Welch, University of Cambridge, In vitro reconstitution of the polymicrobial community associated with cystic fibrosis (CF) airway infections

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