BBSRC DTP Opportunities BBSRC DTP Opportunities

The Norwich Research Park has been given a £12.5M endorsement from the Biological and Biotechnological Research Council (BBSRC) in 2014 with the announcement that it will fund 125 PhD students through the Norwich Research Park Doctoral Training Partnership over the next five years.

This investment further cements Norwich Research Park’s growing reputation as a leading, internationally recognised centre of excellence in bioscience. The five partners across Norwich Research Park are: The John Innes Centre (JIC) who led the bid, The Sainsbury Laboratory, The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC), the Institute of Food Research and the University of East Anglia (UEA). Associate partners are Plant Bioscience Limited, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and The SAW Trust.

In addition to the £12.5M announced, the partners have themselves contributed £3M to the five year programme, increasing the total number of PhD students being trained from 125 up to 156.

The First Round of Selection closed on 30th November 2015.

The Second Round of Selection is now open with the deadline being Friday 26 February 2016. Invitations to interview will be sent out on 9 March 2016 and interviews are due to take place on 16 and 17 March 2016. If you are interested in any of the projects below, please contact the supervisor for more details.

Title Primary Supervisor

Ageing the unageable: investigating novel methods of ageing exploited crabs and lobsters (TAYLOR_U16FDTP)

Dr Martin Taylor

Anorexia in the elderly – a hiring and wiring problem in the brain's appetite-regulating circuits (HAJIHOSSEINI_U16DTP)

Dr Mohammad K. Hajihosseini

Coiled-coil proteins as nano-wire scaffolds for in vitro and in vivo synthetic biology applications (KELEMEN_U16HDTP)

Dr Gabriella Kelemen

Decoding stress-induced calcium signals in plants (MILLER_U16FDTP)

Dr Ben Miller

Decoding ubiquitin ligase structure and substrate selectivity (CHANTRY_U16WDTP)

Dr Andrew Chantry

Defining the roles of endothelial integrins during mammary gland development, functional differentiation, and involution (ROBINSON_U16HDTP)

Dr Stephen Robinson

Epigenetic control of cell fate acquisition in developing skeletal muscle (MÜNSTERBERG_U16WDTP)

Professor Andrea Münsterberg

Identifying genes involved in microRNA turnover in Arabidopsis (DALMAY_U16WDTP)

Dr Tamas Dalmay

Investigating how plants recruit antibiotic-producing Streptomyces bacteria to protect themselves against disease (HUTCHINGS_U16FDTP)

Dr Matt Hutchings

Love thy neighbour? Social and sexual accommodation in fruitflies (CHAPMAN_U16WDTP)

Dr Tracey Chapman

Microtubule organisation during gut organoid morphogenesis (MOGENSEN_U16HDTP1)

Dr Mette M Mogensen

The CpxP family of bacterial chaperones: novel antibiotic targets (ROWLEY_U16FDTP)

Dr Gary Rowley

The regulation of neural crest specification: It will all Myc sense (WHEELER_U16HDTP)

Dr Grant Wheeler

Fees & Funding

Funding Status: Competition Funded Project (EU Students Only). For further information visit

Funding Conditions: Full Studentships cover a stipend (RCUK rate: £14,057pa - 2015/6), research costs and tuition fees at UK/EU rate, and are available to UK and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements.

Students from EU countries who do not meet the UK residency requirements may be eligible for a fees-only award. Students in receipt of a fees-only award will be eligible for a maintenance stipend awarded by the NRPDTP Bioscience Doctoral Scholarships, which when combined will equal a full studentship. To be eligible students must meet the EU residency requirements. Details on eligibility for funding on the BBSRC website:

Fees: For further information visit