BHF CRM DPhil Studentships


In early 2014 the Oxbridge BHF Centre of Regenerative Medicine appointed five fully funded 4 year DPhil (PhD) studentships. Three students in Oxford and two students in Cambridge began their studies in October 2014. Students will carry out joint research projects that are collaborations between laboratories in Oxford and Cambridge or Bristol and consequently the students will have the opportunity to spend some time in two universities.

The studentships are for basic science graduates who want to undertake advanced research into cardiovascular development, stem cells (ESCs and iPSCs), genetics/epigenetics, inflammation or wound healing all in the context of cardiovascular regenerative medicine.

The four year studentships are fully research based, with students spending the first 9 months doing short twelve week rotations in 3 different laboratories, before deciding on their DPhil project. This system of rotations will provide the students with excellent exposure to the range of research undertaken within the CRM and will enable them to make an informed decision about their DPhil project.


NamePictureDepartmentResearch ProjectTheme

Ms Eleanor Price

Eleanor Price

Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics

Investigating a role for hypoxia and HIF-mediated signalling in epicardial activation during development and neonatal cardiac regeneration.

Oxford Supervisor: Prof Paul Riley. Cambridge Co-supervisor: Dr Sanjay Sinha.

Theme 1

Ms Caroline Telfer

Caroline Telfer

Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics

Identifying heterogeneity in the adult zebrafish myocardium.

Oxford Supervisor: Prof Roger Patient. Bristol Co-supervisor: Prof Paul Martin.

Theme 1

Ms Tonia Thomas

Tonia Thomas

Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics

Neovascularisation of the heart post-MI: A role for endocardial trabeculation?

Oxford Supervisor: Dr Nicola Smart. Cambridge Co-supervisor: Dr Amer Rana.

Theme 1

NamePictureDepartmentResearch ProjectTheme

Mr Giovanni Canu

Giovanni Canu

Department of Surgery

Cell-cycle dependent mechanisms controlling differentiation of haematopoietic stem cells.

Cambridge Supervisor: Dr Ludovic Vallier. Oxford Co-supervisor: Prof Roger Patient.

Theme 2

Ms Madeline McNamara


Department of Medicine

Development of new therapies for Marfan Syndrome using an in vitro human iPSC disease model.

Cambridge Supervisor: Dr Sanjay Sinha. Oxford Co-supevisor: Prof Shoumo Bhattacharya.

Theme 2