Programme themes

Studentship projects will be available in the following areas:

Theme 1: Genomics for Drug Development and Pharmacogenetics

Drug target discovery, target validation, drug repurposing, enabled with established partnerships with leading pharmaceuticals.

Theme lead: Professor Louise Wain

Previously advertised projects in this theme have included:

  • The genetic epidemiology of lung scarring
  • Understanding the genetic basis of radiotherapy toxicity

Theme 2: Genomics for Precision Medicine in Underserved Populations

Unique opportunities for novel research with our collaborators in South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Brazil and India.

Theme lead: Professor Martin Tobin

Previously advertised projects in this theme have included:

  • Individual and combined effects of genomic variation and environment on lung function and COPD in African populations
  • Understanding the relationship between human genetic ancestry, the gut microbiome and of their modulation of chronic infection in Cape Verde

Theme 3: Genetically Informed Causal Inference and Risk Prediction

Methods exploiting genetic data to strengthen causal inference in observational research, and to predict individual risk of disease.

Theme lead: Professor Frank Dudbridge

Previously advertised projects in this theme have included:

  • The genetic contribution of biological age differences in disease risk

Theme 4: Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Genomics and Genomic Epidemiology Studies

Bringing together our expertise in sociology, psychology, heath services research, medical law, and ethics.

Theme lead: Professor Natalie Armstrong

Previously advertised projects in this theme have included:

  • Must the relatives be told? Legal and ethical issues in relation to the non-disclosure of genetic information by healthcare professionals to relatives
  • Representations of genomics and personalised medicine in UK broadcast media.