Several different streams run within the MRes in Biomedical Research. The format of the streams and assessment is the same for all students, but the core teaching sessions and choice of research projects are defined by stream.
Biomedical Research Stream
This stream is the main stream of this course. Students who are looking to get experience in research but are uncertain of the area/ field they wish to go into will find this course challenging and interesting as it covers a broad range of biomedical research techniques.
The Data Science stream provides an interdisciplinary training in analysis of 'big data' from modern high throughput biomolecular studies. This is achieved through a core training in multivariate statistics, chemometrics and machine learning methods, along with research experience in the development and application of these methods to real-world biomedical studies. There is an emphasis on handling large-scale data from molecular phenotyping techniques such as metabolic profiling and related genomics approaches.
This provides research training in fundamental aspects of bacterial pathogenesis. The emphasis is on molecular approaches to understanding infection, as a function of bacterial pathogenic strategy and physiology.
This stream will provide a solid grounding in basic physiology and pathophysiology of the heart and lungs, with projects related to advancing our understanding of these processes.
This unique MRes stream course provides core training in microbiology, nutrition, hepatology and microbial signalling, as well as analytical technologies. Students will learn about multidisciplinary approaches to systemic understanding of the gut microbiome as well as developing new targets for disease prevention and treatment.
This stream provides advanced research-based training in infectious disease epidemiology, mathematical modelling and statistics, genetics and evolution and computational methods. The emphasis of the course is in applying these methods within a vibrant interdisciplinary environment. The course has a strong applied public health element strengthened through partnerships across the four faculties, with the Wellcome Trust Sanger Centre in Cambridge, and with global public health agencies including Public Health England, US CDC and WHO.
This new stream is the first of its kind to provide advanced research training in this unique medical speciality. This entails teaching on fundamental principles and molecular mechanisms, as well as providing exposure to key translational research projects in this area.
Modern biomedical research and drug discovery require a mechanistic understanding of disease pathways at the atomic level. There is an urgent need to address clinically pressing problems through integrating structural biology and other analytical tools with biomedical and clinical research, from generating insights into disease mechanisms to defining new disease-linked pathways, that will drive drug discovery and development for clinical applications. This MRes course provides training in a broad range of skills and knowledge ranging from structural biology, molecular imaging to clinical research with a focus on the molecular mechanisms of human diseases.
Toxicological Sciences stream provides a training relevant to modern research in the areas of chemical risk assessment, drug metabolism, and molecular toxicology. The stream will integrate with the other MRes streams by providing a similar level of training and experience in using current molecular techniques, but with an emphasis on their relevance to understanding toxicological mechanisms, and informing drug development and/or chemical risk assessment paradigms.