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Wellcome Trust 4-year PhD Interdisciplinary Programme

in Structural, Computational and Chemical Biology

at UCL | Birkbeck | Francis Crick Institute



This exceptional programme is funded by the Wellcome Trust and offers opportunities to study at world-class institutions UCL, Birkbeck College and the Francis Crick Institute.


Students are exposed to a wide range of training in all aspects of structural, molecular and cellular biology, chemical biology and the computational tools necessary to address important problems in biomedicine.

Interdisciplinary programme

It is difficult to envisage modern research in molecular and cellular biology, and in microbiology, without strong computational, structural, and chemical biology components. In the era of ever expanding biological complexity, computational biology is crucial in making sense of the data. Similarly, structural biology and biophysics provide essential insights into the molecular mechanisms presiding over biological processes. In turn, the chemical information provided by 3-dimensional structures can be exploited in the design of small molecule reagents which are valuable cell and molecular biology tools.

The interplay between all of these fields enables important and exciting areas of modern biology, biotechnology and medicine to be investigated at the atomic, molecular, cellular and organism levels.

Study in the heart of London

UCL and Birkbeck are located in Bloomsbury, in the heart of London. This provides an excellent opportunity to join in the professional and social life of the capital. Further details about living in London and studying at UCL and Birkbeck are available.

Additional funded PhD studentships will be advertised soon

Applications for additional ISMB-funded PhD studentships on the Wellcome Trust 4 Year PhD programme beginning in Autumn 2018 are now open.



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Structure of a Type IV Secretion System
Professor Gabriel Waksman's lab


Helen Saibil research image

EM and tomography reveal a tubular helical structure in protofibrils from the 16h time point.
Professor Helen Saibil's lab