Cyber canyon
Institute for Life Sciences


Learn more about our our PhD studentships.

IfLS postgraduate studentship projects

The IfLS has sponsored an interdisciplinary PhD studentship programme since 2012.  We offer funding in open competition to high-quality projects led by interdisciplinary research teams based at Southampton.

Find out about current IfLS sponsored PhD studentships grouped under our core research areas:

Health and medicine

Developing nucleic acid therapeutics to restore sight-loss associated with albinism

OPTIMISE: towards personalised care strategies for patients with cochlear implants via customised pathway modelling and prediction

Determinants of skeletal development, bone loss and fracture risk: an investigation using a novel computer vision assessment of bone microarchitecture

A multidisciplinary study into air pollution-associated transition metal homeostasis in the alveoli

Investigating the regulatory role of central carbon metabolism on cell fate decisions during liver development and regeneration

Understanding how lysosomes become dysfunctional in neurodegeneration

Developing organoids to model liver zonation in vitro

Gut bacteria and the brain: the surprising impact of bacteriophages

Analysing the functional significance of a primate-specific non-canonical glutamate receptor

Yomna Moqidem, Defining the role of Factor Inhibiting HIF (FIH) as a key regulator of extracellular matrix homeostasis

Insights through data

‘Big Data’ in inflammatory bowel disease; personalising care through genomics, prediction, and clinical data integration

Understanding T cell exhaustion in the context of immunotherapy

Machine learning to improve multidisciplinary decision-making in the assessment and management of oesophageal adenocarcinoma

Next-generation data-driven approaches for predicting disease states in cells and tissues

Network modelling of structural and functional brain connectivity in new-borns

Machine learning of clinical outcomes from time-series and imaging data

Disruptive life technologies

Computational modelling to understand the key determinants of placental IgG transfer

Ultrasonic microbubbles as an advanced therapy for drug delivery in bone repair

Microbubbles are often used in ultrasound imaging. Sound scatters off them as they pass through organs and tissues. At the right frequency we can make them vibrate vigorously, promoting transport of drugs inside the body. In this project, we are using this principle to try and deliver drugs non-invasively to bone fractures for healing.
Professor of Bioengineering