Several PIs offer PhD programmes in their research area. These include:
Dr L Leach: How human blood vessels grow and what makes blood vessels leaky, especially in diabetes. The role of epigenetics, growth factors, adhesion molecules and stem cells in vascular dysfunction and repair. Barrier properties of the human placental blood vessels during normal pregnancies and those complicated with diabetes and pre-eclampsia.
Dr R Billeter-Clark: Micro-damage and repair in human skeletal muscle in connection with exercise. This extends to assessment of micro-damage at the level of individual muscle fibres.
Dr S Loughna: Role of aberrant haemodynamics in congenital heart defect. Effects of haemodynamics on heart development, especially cardiac valves and septa. The model organism is the chick – as it allows manipulation in ovo.
Dr T Farr: Novel tests of sensorimotor function in rodent models of stroke. Diffusion tensor imaging and resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging to characterise structural and functional changes in the brains of rodent models of dementia. Basics of the principles of NMR.
PhD students are encouraged to be demonstrators (paid) in human anatomy teaching for the undergraduate medicine course as well as related teaching in medicine, neuroscience and biochemistry courses offered by life sciences. They are encouraged (and enabled) to become active student members of the Anatomical Society as well as learned societies pertinent to their research area. All students are encouraged to write original articles on their research and present in scientific conferences.
Previous PhD students have gone on to become lecturers in anatomy, postdoctoral research fellows, clinical scientists, and researchers in the industrial/corporate sector.