PhD opportunities at LISCB

Find out about exciting opportunities at the Institute.

Study at LISCB


Why Leicester?

Current Opportunities

> View our current opportunities here

Student Stories

Adam Lightfoot  - Structural Biology

I was an undergraduate at Leicester studying Biochemistry with a year abroad at California State University Long Beach before going on to do my Masters at Leicester. I am currently in my third year of my PhD through the MIBTP scheme. I chose Leicester as I was attracted by the friendliness of the people here as well as being impressed by the university and its facilities. The institute (LISCB) and the department are great working environments with a friendly atmosphere. I find people are very approachable and help with anything is there when you need it. Being able to collaborate with other groups within and outside the university is also very beneficial.


I chose my PhD project through the MIBTP. I did my undergraduate project in the lab of Dr Cyril Dominguez and having really enjoyed the work and the atmosphere there, I decided to do both my masters and PhD project in the same lab.  My PhD project involves examining the post translational modifications to the Sam68 protein with a specific focus on serine/threonine phosphorylation. In order to identify these modifications we will primarily use NMR and mass spectrometry. Upon identifying these modifications we aim to study the effects of the modifications in terms of RNA binding using techniques such as fluorescence polarisation and effects on RNA binding using mini gene assays.

> Read more about Adam's experience here

Galvin Leung - Biochemistry

I studied an integrated Master of Chemistry undergraduate degree “Medicinal & Biological Chemistry with a Year Abroad” in the University of Edinburgh. I’m currently in the second year of my PhD. I chose Leicester because Professor Emma Raven was an invited speaker to one of the Edinburgh chemistry’s seminar series, her presentation was fascinating and had inspired me to do a PhD in similar sciences. Additionally I had cited and read many publication of Prof Ravens for my final year report, it occurred to me that Leicester must be very strong with its biochemistry.


My PhD project is co-supervised between Prof. Emma Raven and Dr. Andrew Hudson working towards building a biosensor for the quantification of cellular labile heme. We are using techniques that include protein expressions, fluorescent spectroscopy and in the near future, cell imaging and fluorescent microscopy. The Institute brings a feeling that much can be achieved from the diversity of people and their expertise (as it draws its members from different departments) is one of the most attractive things a research scientist can hear. Moreover, the Institute and department prepare postgraduates well whether they are looking for a teaching career or a research career.

> Read more about Galvin's experience here

Informal Enquiries

Informal enquiries about studying at LISCB are welcome, please contact Dr Peter Watson via email (

> Alternatively, use the excellent resource

Share this page: