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Department of Experimental Psychology

Decision confidence as a function of multiple uncertainty judgments: An investigation of Bayesian inference in decision-making and learning

Supervisors: Nicholas Yeung


sara bandiera

Department of Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics

Engineering and validating polarised organoids: Modelling complex long-range brain interactions by directional morphogen delivery

Supervisors: Zoltan Molnar, William James


Lampros Bisdounis

Department of Clinical Neurosciences

Sleep and circadian neuroscience in psychiatric disorders DPhil title: Sleep and circadian rhythm disruption in bipolar disorder

Supervisors: Simon Kyle, Katharine Saunders, Colin Espie



Department of Engineering Science

Enhancing immunotherapy using oxygen microbubbles

Supervisors: Eleanor Stride, Robin Cleveland



Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine

DPhil Clinical Medicine - title TBC

Supervisors: Benjamin Davies



Department of Population Health

Investigating the health and care needs of women with multiple medical conditions in pregnancy

Supervisors: Marian Knight, Lisa Hinton



Radcliffe Department of Medicine

DPhil Medical Sciences - title TBC

Supervisors: Edward Morrissey, Marella De Bruijn


Hendrik Ehlers

Medical Sciences Doctoral Training Centre

Oxford Neuroscience

Supervisors: TBC


fiona hartley

Department of Oncology

Deciphering the regulation of non-coding RNAs in a hypoxic tumour microenvironment

Supervisors: Francesca Buffa, Adrian Harris


Maisha jabeen

Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine

The role of chronic bacterial airways infection in driving severe asthma

Supervisors: Timothy Hinks, Ian Pavord, Paul Klenerman


mark loebel

Department of Biochemistry

DPhil in Biochemistry - title TBC

Supervisors: Simon Newstead, Stephen Barry



Department of Psychiatry

Ethics and Machine Learning: Adolescent Suicide Prediction on Social Media

Supervisors: Ilina Singh, Hannah Maslen


katie mellor

Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences

Improving the design, conduct, analysis and reporting of external pilot and feasibility studies

Supervisors: Sally Hopewell, Susan Dutton


Department of Primary Care Health Sciences

Diet, weight management and gestational diabetes

Supervisors: Susan Jebb, Dimitrios Koutoukidis



Department of Pharmacology

The pathology of traumatic brain injury and the role of sub-populations of extracellular vesicles

Supervisors: Daniel Anthony


Keanu Paphiti

Department of Physiology, Anatomy, and Genetics

Development of in vitro 3D white adipose cell culture models for investigating white adipose cell biology and genetics of fat distribution

Supervisors: Roger Cox



Department of Oncology

A Sting in the Tail for Cancer

Supervisors: Peter McHugh, Adrian Harris



Sir William Dunn School of Pathology

Mechanisms safe-guarding genome integrity during cell division

Supervisors: Ulrike Gruneberg


Jacob Robson-Tull

Sir William Dunn School of Pathology

DPhil Molecular Cell Biology in Health and Disease - title TBC

Supervisors: Susan Lea, Pedro Carvalho



Department of Psychiatry

Cognitive neurostimulation as an antidepressant strategy?

Supervisors: Michael Browning, Jacinta O'Shea



Medical Sciences Doctoral Training Centre

DPhil in Chromosome and Developmental Biology

Supervisors: TBC


Lorika Shkreli

Department of Psychiatry

Towards an integrated neuroscientific understanding of anxiety: Growth factors as underlying anxiety vulnerability markers

Supervisors: Andrea Reinecke



Radcliffe Department of Medicine

DPhil Medical Sciences - title TBC

Supervisors: Andrew Wilkie, Stephen Twigg



Department of Clinical Neurosciences

Understanding the role of inflammation in the pathogenesis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Supervisors: Martin Turner, Elizabeth Gray


Hannah Willis

Department of Clinical Neurosciences

Combining brain stimulation and rehabilitation to improve visual function in hemianopia due to stroke

Supervisors: Kathryn Watkins, Holly Bridge


Nuffield Department of Population Health

Non-communicable disease modelling: Estimating cost-effectiveness of interventions for non-communicable disease prevention at the Local Authority level

Supervisors: Pete Scarborough, Jane Wolstenholme, Linda Cobiac



Oxford Neuroscience

DPhil project will be chosen at the end of the first year of studies.

Supervisors: TBC



Department of Biochemistry

Protein promise? Application of mass spectrometry-based proteomics techniques to identify cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers for diagnosing suspected central nervous system infections - a focus on Japanese encephalitis virus infection

Supervisors: Nicole Zitzmann, Paul Nicholas Newton



Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine

Examining the potential for expanding coverage of neonatal care in low and middle income countries through task shifting and task sharing

Supervisors: Michael English, Lisa Hinton, Jacob McKnight



Sir William Dunn School of Pathology

Cryo-EM imaging of phase separation in bacterial biofilms

Supervisors: Tanmay Bharat



Department of Psychiatry

Evaluating the True Colours App for symptom monitoring and self-management in Bipolar Disorder

Supervisors: John Geddes, Katharine Saunders



Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine

Predicting Resistance to Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics in Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Supervisors: Ann Walker, Philip Fowler



Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine

Immunological and genetic correlates of delayed HIV disease progression in children with perinatally-acquired HIV-1 infection, Harare, Zimbabwe

Supervisors: Sarah Rowland-Jones, Louis-Marie Yindom


katherine emary

Department of Paediatrics

The efficacy and immune response to an oral live-attenuated Salmonella enterica serovar Paratyphi A vaccine, CVD 1902

Supervisors: Andrew Pollard, Richard Moxon, Calman MacLennan, Jennifer Hill



Medical Sciences Doctoral Training Centre

DPhil in Infection, Immunology and Translational Medicine. DPhil project will be chosen at the end of the first year of studies.

Supervisors: Andrew Hassan, Stephen Uphoff



Department of Experimental Psychology

Representation Learning for Continuous Task Performance

Supervisors: Christopher Summerfield, Andrew Saxe



Radcliffe Department of Medicine

Brown adipose tissue WNT signalling as a therapeutic target for obesity and type 2 diabetes 

Supervisors: Leanne Hodson, Katherine Pinnick



Sir William Dunn School of Pathology

Molecular mechanisms of genome stability and human disease

Supervisors: Dragana Ahel



Department of Experimental Psychology

Multi-task recurrent neural networks for choice

Supervisors: Matthew Rushworth, Nils Kolling


romain Guyon

Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine

Development of a single-dose vaccine technology using microfluidics as a production method

Supervisors: Anita Milicic, Adrian Hill, Eleanor Stride



Department of Oncology

Investigation of pancreatic immunology during progression of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma

Supervisors: Eric O'Neill, Mads Gyrd-Hansen



Nuffield Department of Women’s & Reproductive Health

Exploring endometrial cellular heterogeneity and its role in endometriosis using single-cell transcriptomics

Supervisors: Carl Heneghan, Karin Hellner, Krina Zondervan, Rebecca Dragovic



Department of Physiology, Anatomy, and Genetics

BASIGIN - A therapeutic target in Atherosclerosis via Thymosin β4

Supervisors: Nicola Smart, Paul Riley



Department of Paediatrics

RaPaed TB – Evaluation of new diagnostics in paediatric tuberculosis (single-gate, double diagnostic study in the target population)

Supervisors: Andrew Pollard, Rinn Song, Norbert Heinrich, Timothy McHugh


Albert prats uribe

Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences 

Methods for observational risk-benefit studies of medical devices: an analysis of big data and simulation studies

Supervisors: Daniel Alhambra,Gary Collins, Mohammed Ali, Victoria Strauss


victoria root

Department of Clinical Neurosciences

Cognitive Modelling of Phantom Limb Pain: investigating the plausibility of a predictive coding framework to explain phantom limb pain

Supervisors: Irene Tracey, Tamar Makin



Department of Psychiatry

Implicit cognition as a marker of cognitive function in Parkinson’s disease and its treatment

Supervisors: Catherine Harmer, Susannah Murphy


carla schmidt

Department of Pharmacology 

Investigations on presynaptic NMDA receptors and a presynaptic feedback loop between NMDA receptors and SK-channels

Supervisors: Nigel Emptage


ellen taylor

Department of Experimental Psychology

Oral vs written exposure on reading of novel words: an eye-tracking study

Supervisors: Kate Nation, Margaret Snowling



Maryam Alkadimi

Department of Oncology

Establishment of an ex vivo precision-cut lung slice model for the evaluation of drug-radiation responses

Supervisors: Anderson Ryan


Hugo Benainous

Department of Oncology

Repair of DNA-damage induced by G-quadruplex stabilization in BRCA 1/2-deficient cells

Supervisors: Madalena Tarsounas, Anderson Ryan


Sebastian Birtles

Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics

Modulation of Sexual Behaviour by the Neuropeptide SIFamide

Supervisors: Stephen Goodwin


Briet Bjarkadottir

Nuffield Department of Women’s & Reproductive Health

Towards non-invasive fertility preservation: an investigation of the effect of chemotherapy on primordial follicles

Supervisors: Suzannah Williams, Sheila Lane


Miranda Buckle

Department of Paediatrics

Multi-modal characterisation of the neonatal pain response during retinopathy of prematurity screening and treatment

Supervisors: Rebeccah Slater, Chetan Patel and Caroline Hartley


Emily Carroll

Medical Sciences Doctoral Training Programme

DPhil in Neuroscience

Supervisors: Kevin Talbot, Ana Candalija


Athena Cavounidis

Department of Clinical Medicine

Dissecting anti-microbial pathways in Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome

Supervisors: Hans Uhlig, Fiona Powrie


Jenny Censin

Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine

From correlation to causation: metabolites and proteins in cardiometabolic disease

Supervisors: Cecilia Lindgren, Mark McCarthy, Michael Holmes


Giedre Cepukaityte

Department of Experimental Psychology

Short- and long-term memory functions in health and neurodegeneration

Supervisors: Kia Nobre, Nahidsadat Zokaei


Dimitra Dimou

Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (Radcliffe Department of Medicine)

The role of RUNX1 in MLL-AF4 leukaemia

Supervisors: Thomas Milne


Ruth Drury

Department of Paediatrics

Understanding Host Epigenetic changes to Salmonella Typhi Exposure and Infection in the context of a Human Challenge Model

Supervisors: Andrew Pollard, Irina Mohorianu, Daniel O'Connor


Matthew Ellis

M EllisDepartment of Oncology

Cell Signalling in Cancer

Supervisors: Deborah Goberdhan, Valentine MacAuley


Kamran Gaba

Nuffield Department of Population Health

Identifying Optimal Pathways of Care in the Delivery of Carotid Interventions

Supervisors: Martin Landray, Richard Bulbulia, Alison Halliday, Prem Chana


Peregrine Green

Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics

Predictors of Cardiac Reverse Remodelling in Heart Failure

Supervisors: Neil Herring, Oliver Rider


Lilli Hahn

Sir William Dunn School of Pathology

Mechanisms of nuclear envelope reassembly

Supervisors: Pedro Carvalho


Andrew Harper

Radcliffe Department of Medicine

The genetic aetiology of hypertropic cardiomyopathy

Supervisors: Martin Farrall, Hugh Watkins, Anuj Goel


Cornelia Heuberger

Sir William Dunn School of Pathology

Antigen presentation and T cell regulation by intestinal epithelial cells

Supervisors: Kevin Maloy, Johanna Pott, Fiona Powrie


Ryan Hoyle

Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine

The role of CRTH2 + CD8 + T cells in severe asthma

Supervisors: Paul Klenerman, Ian Pavord, Luzheng Xue, Timothy Hinks


Patrick Inns

Department of Biochemistry

The Organisation and Dynamics of E. coli Outer Membrane Proteins

Supervisors: Klenthis Kleanthous, Shabaz Mohammed



Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences

Unravelling the role of the IL-23 axis in colorectal cancer

Supervisors: Fiona Powrie, Elizabeth Mann



Department of Experimental Psychology

Exploring social metacognition

Supervisors: Nicholas Yeung


Peter Kilfeather

Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics

Examination of gene expression using translating ribosome affinity purification in genetic models of Parkinson’s disease

Supervisors: Richard Wade-Martins, Natalie Connor-Robson


Anna Kordala

Anna Kordala photoDepartment of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics

Targeting epigenetic proteins to treat Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Supervisors: Matthew Wood, Suzan Hammond


Jennifer Lane

Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences

The epidemiology of common hand conditions

Supervisors: Dominic Furniss, Jane Green, Daniel Alhambra


Shudong Li

Department of Oncology

Characterisation of DNA-Protein Crosslink Repair, a novel DNA repair pathway for protection from accelerated ageing and cancer

Supervisors: Kristijan Ramadan, Benedikt Kessler


Helena Meyer-Berg

Radcliffe Department of Medicine

Gene Therapy for Surfactant Disorders

Supervisors: Stephen Hyde, Deborah Gill


Jack Mills

Department of Oncology

Nuclear IGF-1R as a potential target for precision cancer medicine

Supervisors: Valentine Macaulay, Ian Mills


Lisa Nobis

Department of Psychiatry

Depression and Apathy in Parkinson's disease

Supervisors: Clare Mackay, Masud Husain


Caitlin O'Brien-Ball

Radcliffe Department of Medicine

Investigating triggering events in T&B Lymphocytes

Supervisors: Simon Davis, Ana Mafalda Santos


Thomas Reed

Department of Experimental Psychology

Adaptive non-invasive brain stimulation

Supervisors: Roi Kadosh, Mark Woolrich


Carolina Reis

Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences

Thalamocortical interactions: a theoretical, analytical and clinical overview

Supervisors: Peter Brown, Hayriye Cagnan, Andrew Sharott


Jagoda Rokicka

Department of Biochemistry

PARP-dependent DNA damage repair

Supervisors: Nicholas Larkin


Aislin Sheldon

Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences

Understanding degeneration and the capacity for reorganisation in the adult human visual cortex

Supervisors: Holly Bridge, Susan Downes


Ann-Marie Shorrocks

Department of Oncology

A DNA repair interactome based on linear peptide motifs

Supervisors: Andrew Blackford, Peter McHugh


Inna Thalmann

Nuffield Department of Population Health

Determinants of use of medications for the secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease

Supervisors: Borislava Mihaylova, Iryna Schlackow, Alastair Gray, David Preiss


Sandeep Unwith

Department of Oncology

Aging-associated changes in the tumour microenvironment determine cancer progression and metastasis

Supervisors: Adrian Harris


Alexander Walker

Sir William Dunn School of Pathology

Insights into the mechanism of viral genome replication by the influenza A virus RNA-dependent RNA polymerase

Supervisors: Ervin Fodor


Catherine Wormald

Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine

Identification of novel CD4 and CD8 T cell epitopes for targeting in HIV-1 vaccine design

Supervisors: Persephone Borrow, Nicola Ternette


Liam Young

Radcliffe Department of Medicine

Metabolic assessment of perfused livers using magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy

Supervisors: Christopher Rodgers, Constantin Coussios, Peter Friend

Henry Bailey

Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine

The complexity of multiprotein complexes

Supervisors: Wyatt Yue, Jolanta Kopec, Sean Froese

Luke Baxter

Department of Paediatrics

Neuroimaging of neonatal nociception

Supervisors: Rebeccah Slater, Eugene Duff, Saad Jbabdi  

Filippo  Bianchi

Department of Primary Care Health Sciences

Developing and evaluating behavioural interventions to reduce meat consumption

Supervisors: Susan Jebb, Brian Cook, Nerys Astbury

Xin Hui Chan

Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine

The Cardiovascular Toxicity of Antimalarial Drugs

Supervisors: Nick White, Nick Day, Brian Angus

Sally Frost

Department of Oncology

Exploring the effects of nutrient deprivation on T cells and oncolytic adenoviruses, in order to create immune activators for tumour therapy

Supervisors: Len Seymour, Vincenzo D’Angiolella, Catherine Pears

Jonathan Goult

Medical Sciences Doctoral Training Centre

Structural Biology 4 year DPhil Programme

Mechanisms of TonB-Dependent Protein Import in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Supervisors: Klenthis Kleanthous, Nicolas Housden, Christina Redfield   

Scarlett Harris

Dunn School of Pathology

Impact of thermal processing on aberrant immune reactions to food

Supervisors: Quentin Sattentau  

Rose Hodgson

Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine

Investigating the molecular basis of human immunodeficiency syndromes

Supervisors: Richard Cornall, Katherine Bull, Charles Newton

Andri Iona

Nuffield Department of Population Health

Adiposity, major plasma biomarkers and the risk of cardio-metabolic diseases in Chinese adults

Supervisors: Zhengming Chen, Sarah Parish, Fiona Bragg

Edward Jenkins

Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (Radcliffe Department of Medicine)

Quantitative Analysis of T Cell Antigen Sensing

Supervisors: Christian Eggeling, Simon Davis, Robin Choudhury

Alexander Kaltenboeck

Department of Psychiatry

An experimental medicine investigation of the effects of potential novel antidepressant interventions on emotion and reward related information processing

Supervisors: Catherine Harmer, Philip Cowen, Michael Browning  

Maria Kempnich

Department of Experimental Psychology

Investigating How Social Networks Adapt To Mobile Societies – Combining Egocentric & Complete Network Analyses

Supervisors: Robin Dunbar, Miles Hewstone, Ralf Wolfer

István Lukács

Medical Sciences Doctoral Training Centre

Neuroscience 1+3 DPhil Programme

Regulation of GABAergic synaptic transmission in neuronal circuits of the human neocortex

Supervisors: Peter Somogyi, Colin Akerman

Deborah Malden

Nuffield Department of Population Health

Adiposity and ischaemic Heart Disease in the UK Biobank: A prospective cohort study of 450 000 adults

Supervisors: Sarah Lewington, Jonathan Emberson, Derrick Bennett, Ben Lacey

Katherine Newell

Nuffield Department of Population Health

Assessing the acute and chronic cardiorespiratory health impacts of ambient air pollution in China

Supervisors: Hubert Lam, Om Kurmi, Christiana Kartsonaki

Sarah Payne Riches

Department of Primary Care Health Sciences

Development and feasibility testing of an intervention to reduce salt intake in people with hypertension

Supervisors: Susan Jebb, Paul Aveyard, Carmen Piernas-Sanchez  

Giulia Pilla

Dunn School of Pathology

Study of the biology of the virulence plasmid in Shigella

Supervisors: Christoph Tang  

Lisa Rodermund

Department of Biochemistry

Dissecting the single-cell dynamics of Xist RNA

Supervisors: Neil Brockdorff, Lothar Schermelleh

Paula Rocktäschel

Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences

Investigations on the causes and characteristics of glio-neuronal imbalance in a stem cell model of tuberous sclerosis complex

Supervisors: Arjune Sen, Zam Cader  

Dylan Sheerin

Department of Paediatrics

Of Mice and MenB: Assessing the Immune Mechanisms Underlying Meningococcal Capsular Group B Vaccines in Mice

Supervisors: Andrew J Pollard, Christine Rollier, Christina Dold

Paolo Spingardi

Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine

Investigating regulation of the pyrimidine synthesis and salvage pathways

Supervisors: Skirmantas Kriaucionis, Colin Goding

Nidi Tapoulal

Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics

Autonomic control of ventricular arrhythmias

Supervisors: Neil Herring, David J Paterson

Barnabas Williams

Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine

Development and delivery of novel biologics that block red blood cell invasion by the human malaria parasite

Supervisors: Simon Draper, Matthew Higgins

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