Leicester Precision Medicine Institute; Biomedical Research Centre and Cancer Centre Studentships

The College of Life Sciences (CLS) at the University of Leicester offers a dynamic, modern environment for postgraduate research, built on decades of highly respected achievement. We believe few can match our track record of innovation - as a potential PhD student would you like to be part of our success?

The Leicester Precision Medicine Institute (LPMI) aligns our world-class biomedical research specialities within Leicester to deliver new innovative treatment that will tackle some of the world’s most pressing biomedical issues providing the best treatment to the individual patient at the best time.

We are offering eight PhD studentships in our world-class research specialities with cutting edge projects on offer from the Leicester Biomedical Research Centre for Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Lifestyle Research, and the Leicester Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre.  We have projects available in the fields of oncology, diabetes, respiratory and cardiovascular disease that share underlying cross cutting themes in the understanding of lifestyle and delivery of precision medicine.

In addition there are up to two PhD studentships in Bioinformatics that are joint with the College of Science and Engineering. Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field of science, combining computer science, statistics, mathematics, and engineering to manage and make use of biological data critical to the future delivery of precision medicine.

The PhD studentships will undertake programmes of research at the cutting edge of improving healthcare for our local, ethnically diverse population that will have international impact.

Find Out More

We’re seeking the sharpest minds, the next wave of innovators to join us in pushing the boundaries of understanding and knowledge.

More information on project titles, supervisors and contacts can be found here.

You’ll receive financial backing and the support of an inclusive and collaborative research culture - enabling you to realise your potential.

Studentships are full-time and available to UK/EU students with at least a 2(i) degree or equivalent. Fees, bench contribution and RCUK equivalent stipend will be covered.

For further general details and eligibility criteria please contact the Department/supervisor directly or email Professor Donald Jones, College Director of Post Graduate Research.

How to Apply

Apply here

In the funding section of the online application form, please select ‘Studentship’ and then Select ‘CLS’ in the next dropdown option.

The closing date TBC.

For online application enquiries please contact PGR Admissions Office.


More about Leicester Precision Medicine Institute (LPMI)

Precision medicine encompasses the concept of getting the right therapy to the right person at the right time and in the right amount. By combining conventional areas of expertise and information with one or more new types of evidence – for example, from new wearable technologies, electronic health care records, genomics and other –omics (such as transcriptomics, metabolomics, proteomics) – we can better predict which prevention and treatment will be suitable for individuals and subgroups of patients. Bioinformatics is a core interdisciplinary field of science, combining computer science, statistics, mathematics, and engineering to manage and make use of biological data.  This can improve both the safety profiles and the effectiveness of treatments. Major drives such as the Genomics England project exemplify the role of the UK to lead the development and implementation of precision medicine for improved healthcare on a national and international scale.

The  Leicester  Precision  Medicine  Institute  (LPMI) will coalesce and  align  the  research  missions  of  the  University  and  NHS in Leicester for the delivery of Precision Medicine. As a Centre of Excellence, it supports the development, evaluation and implementation of treatments and patient care pathways that are based on the characteristics of individuals and subgroups of the population to provide more targeted, effective and safer healthcare and improved health for our diverse population.   Researchers within both Colleges have international reputations and collaborate with researchers throughout the world, making it an exciting environment for both research and teaching.  Our students benefit from following best practice, working alongside leaders in their fields.


More about the Leicester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)

The Leicester BRC was secured in the latest round of funding from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR).  Our overall mission is to harness experimental research as the foundation for ensuring continued improvements to patient care within the National Health Service and broader economic gain. Our BRC encompasses three Research Themes: Cardiovascular Disease, Respiratory Disease, Lifestyle (including Diabetes), with Precision Medicine forming a cross cutting theme. The three Research Themes build on our three existing successful BRUs in each of these areas and the underpinning experimental research strengths that exist in these fields in our partner organisations. Research across the BRC themes will be underpinned by a common strategy of:

  • Cohort development for discovery science
  • Developing and evaluating novel personalised therapies and devices for the prevention and management of long-term chronic disease and translation into patient benefit.
  • Harnessing supporting infrastructure in training and capacity development, public and patient involvement, and industry engagement.

More about the Leicester Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre

The NIHR funded Leicester Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC) represents a partnership between the University of Leicester, the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, the local charity HOPE Against Cancer and the Leicester-based MRC Toxicology Unit (www2.le.ac.uk/partnership/lcrc). Formed in 2006 it is an established, comprehensive biomedical and clinical cancer centre in which scientists and clinicians are working together to improve the detection and management of cancer.

The ECMC takes an integrated approach to cancer research, assimilating laboratory and clinical disciplines.  Work is focused on understanding the genetic and biological basis of the disease, identifying novel biological markers for detecting and monitoring the disease and devising new interventional approaches for disease prevention and treatment. Our Centre strategy is focused on three sub-themes: Prevention & Risk, Early Detection and Personalised Medicine with close alignment to the new Leicester Precision Medicine Institute sharing a common vision of accelerating new precision medicines and diagnostics approaches, particularly for our ethnically diverse population.


More about Bioinformatics at Leicester

Biomedical informatics, healthcare data management, and information technology expertise operate together in Leicester under a strategic grouping called BINERI (Biomedical Informatics Network for Education, Research and Industry). This promotes a unified approach to bioinformatics training, data science, expertise sharing, data discovery and sharing, biobanking, big data analysis, ethics, governance, patient engagement, information technology, etc. BINERI is founded on the principle that data (primary data, aggregated data, metadata, and resulting knowledge) need to be used optimally – which implies aligning research and healthcare activities to ensure professional and forward-looking data capture, management, curation, security, discovery, sharing and re-use (as per GA4GH and FAIR principles). It is also be important to stress patient-centric aspects of such developments, not least human-computer interactions and giving patients control of 'their' data. BINERI teams combine their extensive experience in the required tooling, such as concerning healthcare data warehouses (e.g., i2b2, tranSMART, LabKey), tissue tracking (e.g., OpenSpecimen), patient relationship management (e.g., CiviCRM), eCRF platforms (e.g., REDCap, OpenClinica), CDISC standards, data discovery (e.g., Cafe Variome) and sequence variant validation (e.g., VariantValidator). They also share PhD students and staff, and apply jointly for local, national and international funding.

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