Students are offered the opportunity to conduct research in the area of Cellular and Molecular Physiology. This is a specialist research strand forming part of the Masters in Research (MRes) in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine. Cellular and Molecular Physiology strand students are mainly supervised by active researchers from the Department of Cellular & Molecular Physiology, but supervisors in other Departments performing relevant research also contribute. Students also participate in the lecture series and transferable skills offered as part of the wider MRes course.
1. Strand information for the Cellular and Molecular Physiology strand:
The Cellular and Molecular Physiology strand covers a wide range of different research areas, from fundamental studies of the cell cycle to translational work on mechanisms of adverse drug reactions. Despite this diversity, the various research areas share a common aim in trying to understand complex physiological phenomena at the cellular and molecular level. Students in this strand are therefore allocated research projects that maximise their skills in key techniques to address this, such as molecular biology, protein biochemistry, microscopy and electrophysiology. Student projects take place in research labs with strong international reputations in general areas such as cell signalling and membrane traffic.
Examples of general research project areas include calcium signalling (supervisors: Burdyga, Burgoyne, Criddle, Tepikin, Wray), ubiquitination (supervisors: Clague, Sanderson, Urbe), gastrointestinal physiology/pathophysiology (supervisors: Dimaline, Dockray, Varro) and neurobiology (supervisors: Barclay, Burgoyne, Morgan, Quinn, Royle).
2. An overview of the MRes (Master of Research) in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine
The MRes in Biomedical Sciences and Translational Medicine provides students with high level research training within the six research departments contributing to the programme. The programme is divided into 11 strands and students choose a strand that matches their research interests; this then becomes the over-arching area of their research projects. The strands in the MRes in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine are listed below:
• Biology of Cancer
• Cellular and Molecular Physiology
• Drug Safety
• Health Economics
• Medical Sciences
• Molecular and Clinical Gastroenterology
• Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology
• Nanomedicine and Biostatistics
• Stem Cells, Tissues and Disease
• Women’s, Children’s and Perinatal Health
3. Structure of the MRes in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine:
The twelve month, full-time programme is structured to allow for 3 hours lecture per week whilst the rest of the day is spent in the lab or carrying out other research project related work.
MRes in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine students undertake 3 research projects that comprise of 10 weeks of lab work followed by 2 weeks in which to write a report. Students also present either a poster or talk at the end of every research project. During the project, all students are encouraged to suggest experiments, design experimental protocols, as well as being taught subject specific techniques and advanced knowledge in transferable skills. The research projects will include at least three different research techniques to enhance experimental training skills that need to be clearly stated at the end of each project.
The morning lectures relate to state-of-the-art research techniques, application of knowledge in scientific and clinical areas, and the development of personal and professional transferable skills. Important and innovative parts of the transferable skills students take part in include the following workshops “IP and Commercialization (our own version of Dragon’s Den)”, Demonstrator Training and “Writing a PhD Studentship”, as well as taking part in debates for public understanding of science.
Further information, including current handbook, for the MRes in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine programme can be found on our webpage: http://www.liv.ac.uk/translational-medicine/postgraduate/mres/
4. Bursaries for the MRes in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine:
For 2016 entry we have 20 bursaries of £2000 each, providing partial funding of the MRes in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine programme. For further information and a bursary application form please contact us at [email protected]
For students considering continuing on to a PhD, the Institute offers full and part funded competitive PhD studentships for those who successfully complete the MRes in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine. All MRes students will be contacted about these studentships.
5. Applications can be made here: http://www.liv.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying/
. You should apply for the MRes in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine and indicate in your application that you would like to join the Cellular and Molecular Physiology strand.
6. Information about the Department of Cellular & Molecular Physiology
The Department (http://www.liv.ac.uk/physiology/
) builds on a long and prestigious history and remains a leading international centre for research into the fundamental principles of human physiology. In the post genomic era, physiology has acquired a new importance as a discipline which provides a valuable link between basic and translational research. In the Department we have recognised expertise in all aspects of modern physiology ranging from the regulation of gene expression to cell, tissue and whole organism biology. In essence, our research is focused around five key areas of expertise; each of which is related to a complementary area of clinical research or drug development. Together these programs provide an exciting and dynamic research environment which benefits from increasing collaboration with clinicians working in cancer research, reproductive medicine, child health and pancreatic research.
1st, 2:1 or 2:2 science degree (or international equivalent). The minimum English Language requirement for EU and international applicants is IELTS = 6.5. Intercalating students are welcome to apply.
2016 tuition fees not yet set, please enquire for more information. (Bursaries available)