Institute for Structural and Chemical Biology

Doctoral Training Programme

group photo of the 2022 intake of LISCB PhD students

The training programme will supplement other activities offered by the Doctoral College and schools and departments.


  • To equip students, who have undergraduate training in different subject disciplines, with a practical knowledge of the techniques used in structural and chemical biology.
  • To connect practical aspects of structural and chemical biology to theory, and thereby creating coherence to further the student’s understanding and aptitude to research at the interface of traditional academic disciplines.
  • To enable students to understand the place of their individual projects in the wider research context.
  • To enable students to gain greater independence as doctoral candidates and, thereby, being prepared for the next stage of their career.
  • To create a cohort of first-year PhD students, and increase the sense of community in the Institute.

Journal clubs

Journal clubs will take place on Friday mornings (10.00am, Common room) at the dates interleaved between the main session listed below. These will tie in with the subject material taught in the previous week. The journal club is open to all PhD students (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th years) in the Institute of Structural and Chemical Biology, Chemistry, Respiratory Sciences and MCB.

Research in Progress seminars

Every Friday 12.30pm members of the department will give short presentations on their ongoing research.

Schedule for first-year training

Date Topic
13 October 2023

Introduction to Structural and Chemical Approaches to Biology

27 October 2023 Molecular biology I
10 November 2023 Molecular biology II
24 November 2023 Sample preparation protein and nucleic acid purification
8 December 2023 Biophysical techniques to explore biological systems 
12 January 2024 CryoEM from sample to grid to data to structure
26 January 2024 X-ray from sample to crystal to data to structure
19 February 2024 NMR from sample to spectra to structure
23 February 2024 NMR dynamics
8 March 2024 Advanced optical microscopy
22 March 2024 Single molecule microscopy 
19 April 2024 Mass Spectrometry
3 May 2024 Methods and approaches in Chemical Biology molecular design, synthetic techniques
17 May 2024 Methods and approaches in Chemical Biology synthetic techniques
31 May 2024 Numerical skills training
Python programming
14 June 2024 Machine learning/AI
28 June 2023 Bioinformatics
12 July 2023 Applying structural and chemical biology to clinical research and drug discovery

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