In the CDT in Chemical Biology: Innovations for the Life Sciences, students apply for specific research projects rather than for generic positions within the CDT. Competition for ICB CDT studentships is high, ensuring that only the best applicants are awarded a place on the course.

The EPSRC CDT studentship awards 4 years of a fully-funded stipend. This covers a one-year Masters of Research (MRes) in Chemical Biology & Bioentrepreneurship, followed by a three-year PhD.

Potential students are interviewed by the supervisors and the CDT Directors.

Studentship structure

The MRes course involves taught elements from October to January in: basic Chemical Biology, Data Science and Measurement Science, Hackspace education - giving students experience of rapid prototyping (additive manufacturing, electronics, robotics, laser cutting, microfluidics, microcontrollers), software engineering/modelling (Python/Machine Learning, Matlab, Fusion 360, biological “toy models”) and biohacking (protein engineering, proteomics, metabolomic assays) and a Micro-MBA.

This is followed by a research project that runs from January to September. The research project continues in the PhD. During the PhD students benefit from additional transferable skills training including Science Communication with the BBC, a Human Experience Course, International Science Policy and the choice between the EVOLVE (workplace-based learning programme) and DISRUPT (tech accelerator programme).

The studentship will cover tuition fees and stipend for a total of 4 years. In addition, there is a consumable allowance of £3,500 per annum and a total of £1,500 towards travel and £2,000 for the EVOLVE program per studentship.

MRes and PhD

One-year MRes

Students will join the first year for a multidisciplinary MRes in Chemical Biology & Bioentrepreneurship, where exciting professional and transferable skills courses are crafted and delivered in partnership with industry, and fused with world class research, hacking and entrepreneurship training.

This includes an 8-month multidisciplinary research project, taught courses, training in Imperial College’s Advanced Hackspace, industry-led innovation workshops, a micro-MBA and much more.

PhD training

Building on the research project from the MRes, students will then embark on a three year PhD. During this phase of the programme students continue to benefit from additional bespoke transferable skills training courses in Science Communication, outreach and responsible research innovation alongside industry led hackathons and student-tailored career boosting placements.

In addition, through the DISRUPT programme students will have the opportunity to create their own start-ups. Over the years many of our students have filed their own patents and created their own successful spin-out companies, e.g. Fungi-Alert, Fresh-Check, anywhereHPLC.

2019 student projects

Chemical Biology CDT: Meet our students - Caroline

Caroline Koch is a PhD candidate at Imperial College in London. As part of her research project, she seeks to improve early detection of prostate cancer by developing a new detection strategy utilising nanopores and machine learning algorithms. Caroline holds a BSc in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, as well as a MSc in Biomedical Engineering from Imperial College. Due to her interdisciplinary background and passion for cancer research, she’s the ideal candidate for this project. In her free time, Caroline likes to do sports like swimming and yoga, as well as spending time with her family and friends.  

Chemical Biology CDT: Meet our students - Caroline

Chemical Biology CDT: Meet our students - Caroline

Chemical Biology CDT: Meet our students - Caroline

Caroline Koch is a PhD candidate at Imperial College in London. As part of her research project, she seeks to improve early detection of prostate cancer by developing a new detection strategy utilising nanopores and machine learning algorithms. Caroline holds a BSc in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, as well as a MSc in Biomedical Engineering from Imperial College. Due to her interdisciplinary background and passion for cancer research, she’s the ideal candidate for this project. In her free time, Caroline likes to do sports like swimming and yoga, as well as spending time with her family and friends.  

Chemical Biology CDT: Meet our students - Owen

Chemical Biology CDT: Meet our students - Owen

Chemical Biology CDT: Meet our students - Owen

Owen is currently in the MRes stage of a PhD as part of the Chemical Biology CDT. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BSc in Biochemistry in 2014, and went on to work as an R&D scientist in industry developing blood glucose biosensors before starting a PhD in October 2019. His current research, in collaboration with Roche, is focused on developing a biosensor for quantification of free haemoglobin.

Chemical Biology CDT: Meet our students - Jenna

Chemical Biology CDT: Meet our students - Jenna

Chemical Biology CDT: Meet our students - Jenna

Jenna joined imperial in 2019 after gaining her BSc in Natural Sciences at Cambridge and studying for her MSc at UCL. In her current work, she is developing methods to study and visualise G-quadruplex DNA in relation to cancer development, where she uses bioinformatics, organic synthesis and fluorescence imaging techniques.

Chemical Biology CDT: Meet our students - Thomas Wells

Chemical Biology CDT: Meet our students - Thomas Wells

Chemical Biology CDT: Meet our students - Thomas Wells

Thomas Wells is a student within the Barter group working on Rubisco and Carbonic Anhydrase. He graduated from the University of York in 2019 with a BSc in Biochemistry. Previous projects include work on algal proteins, synthesising LPMO mimetics and automating ADME assays. 

Chemical Biology CDT: Meet our students - Yu Cheng

Chemical Biology CDT: Meet our students - Yu Cheng

Chemical Biology CDT: Meet our students - Yu Cheng

Yu Cheng is currently a MRes student of Chemical Biology CDT.  Before joining in Membrane Biophysics Group as a junior researcher in 2019 Sep, he obtained his BSc in chemistry from Fudan University in China.  He is currently working with Prof. Oscar and Dr. Laura to build an on-chip reconstitution platform. 

Chemical Biology CDT: Meet our students - Sara

Chemical Biology CDT: Meet our students - Sara

Chemical Biology CDT: Meet our students - Sara

Sara is currently enrolled in the MRes year of the Chemical Biology CDT programme. She comes from Italy where she graduated with first class honours from Sapienza University in Rome with a MSc in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical technology in 2014, before moving to Cambridge, UK, for an industrial internship as part of the “Leonardo Da Vinci” fellowship. She stayed in industry and worked as an R&D scientist for the following 5 years, developing a large amount of experience in the drug discovery field, which is one of her main scientific interests. She joined Imperial College London in October 2019 and to continue her career by pursuing a PhD. Her current research, funded by EPSRC ICB CDT and co-funded by the NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre, is focused on using molecular dynamics simulations and membrane biophysics to identify new therapeutics for the treatment of Tuberculosis. 

Chemical Biology CDT: Meet our students - Shreyas

Chemical Biology CDT: Meet our students - Shreyas

Chemical Biology CDT: Meet our students - Shreyas

Shreyas is a currently in the MRes stage of the Chemical biology CDT. Working on producing a next generation model of the human gut. He attained his MSc in Computer science from the University of Bath and Bsc in Biomedical Science from Staffordshire University and is experienced in the enterprise IT sector. His research interests are computational biology, automation and nutrition.  

Chemical Biology CDT: Meet our students - Thomas Jackson

Chemical Biology CDT: Meet our students - Thomas Jackson

Chemical Biology CDT: Meet our students - Thomas Jackson

I am a first year PhD student within the ICB Doctoral Training Programme working across both Imperial College and the Francis Crick Institute. I undertook my undergraduate degree (BSc Hons) in Medicinal Chemistry with Human Biology at Keele University. I subsequently obtained a Master of Research (MRes) in Drug Discovery and Development at Imperial and then joined this programme as a first year PhD student. In my spare time I enjoy climbing, skating, reading fiction and visiting the many attractions London has to offer. 

Chemical Biology CDT: Meet our students - Annie

Chemical Biology CDT: Meet our students - Annie

Chemical Biology CDT: Meet our students - Annie

Annie joined the ICB CDT in October 2019 after graduating with an MChem in Chemistry at the University of Sheffield. Her research is focused on the use of a single-cell biopsy platform for spatially-resolved mitochondrial analysis of single neurons in relation to neurodegenerative diseases and aging.

Chemical Biology CDT: Meet our students - Matthew

Chemical Biology CDT: Meet our students - Matthew

Chemical Biology CDT: Meet our students - Matthew

Before commencing his PhD with the Chemical Biology CDT, Matthew completed his undergraduate studies at Imperial with a final year research project on the influence of methylation of lipid headgroups on phase behaviour. During his time as an undergraduate Matthew also undertook a summer research placement at the University of California Los Angeles where he helped develop a novel method for preparing supported lipid bilayers.