British Heart Foundation – National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI)

4-year MRes/PhD Studentship, within the BHF doctoral training programme 


We have five MRes/PhD studentships available to commence in October 2022 on the following projects:
1. Investigation of the role of alterations in zinc homeostasis in the pathogenesis and treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension - Supervisors: Professor Lan Zhao, Professor Julia Gorelik, Professor Martin Wilkins
2. Injectable and heart-adhesive shape-memory patch for the delivery of cardiac cells - Supervisors: Professor Molly Stevens, Professor Cesare Terracciano
3. Investigating and treating blood brain barrier dysfunction in vascular dementia - Supervisors: Professor David Carling, Dr William R Scott
4. Investigating the role of RNA-editing and non-coding RNA interaction in guiding mitochondrial dysregulation in diabetic endothelial cells - Supervisors: Dr Prashant Srivastava, Professor Costanza Emanueli
5. Big data and mechanistic evaluation of left heart failure - Supervisors: Professor Jamil Mayet, Dr Choon Hwai Yap, Dr Amit Kaura, Dr Guang Yang

One BHF 3-year PhD studentship also available to commence in October 2022
1. Non-invasive imaging of myocardial coronary micro-vessel morphology and flow dynamics in vivo using super-resolution ultrasound - Supervisors: Professor Mengxing Tang, Professor Justin Mason

Applications are invited for a BHF 4-year MRes/PhD studentship starting in October 2022 at the National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI) in partnership with the Bioengineering Department at Imperial College. There are four BHF DTP MRes/PhD studentship places (3 studentships funded by the BHF and 1 matched Departmental studentship) and one NHLI Endowment studentship on offer for work specifically within the area of heart failure. Studentships will cover tuition fees (at the Home/EU rate) and a tax-free stipend starting from £22,278 per annum for a total of 4 years. Students will join a well-established doctoral training program with bespoke teaching activities, seminars, mentors and workshops.

In addition, there is a consumable allowance £4000 per student for the MRes year (plus the additional in-course £2500 per MRes project) for both BHF, Endowment and Department funded studentships and £10,000 (BHF funded studentship) and £5000 (Department studentship) per PhD year. A travel fund of £1000 in total per student will be provided.

The Cardiovascular Sections of the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College, are located within the Main Campus at South Kensington, the Brompton Campus and Hammersmith/White City Campus. Bioengineering is also located at Main Campus at South Kensington and at White City. Students will have the opportunity to work in state of the art facilities within a highly developed research environment where our ambition is to translate research findings to help those with cardiovascular diseases. All students benefit from a full programme of training in research and transferable skills organised through the Graduate School, the quality of which has been recognised several times at the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards.

General requirements
Applicants must hold, or expect to obtain, a first or upper second-class honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate subject from a recognised academic institution. Candidates must fulfil College admissions criteria and meet BHF residency requirements. Please click above under each studentship title for specific qualification requirements.

How to Apply
To apply, please email Jaya Rajamanie ( with the following documents.
- Your CV
- The names and addresses of at least two academic referees.
- A personal statement of no more than 1,000 words explaining your interest in the project and ensure that you specify your degree classification for your undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.
Please assume that your application has not been successful if you have not heard from us within a month of the closing date.

Closing date for all applications: 20th February 2022.
Interviews will be held online at the end of March 2022.