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About the Wellcome Sanger Institute

The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a world leading genomics institute at the forefront of experimental, computational and translational genomic research.  We use genome sequences to advance understanding of the biology of humans and pathogens to improve human health.  We are tackling some of the most difficult challenges in genomic research.  This demands science at scale; a visionary and creative approach to research that pushes the boundaries of our understanding in ever new and exciting ways.

2 courses offered in the Wellcome Sanger Institute

The Wellcome Sanger Institute is one of the world's premier genomics research institutes and is at the forefront of this fast-developing field. We use large-scale DNA sequencing, informatics and analysis of genetic variation to further our understanding of gene function in health and disease, and the genomic diversity of complex organisms. The Institute’s PhD programme is open to UK and overseas applicants, and we aim to attract the brightest and best young scientists from all around the world.

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The Wellcome Sanger Institute occasionally takes on research MPhil students providing they have the support of a faculty member at the Institute. To obtain support from a faculty member, students should contact them directly. For information on our faculty members' research interests, please visit the Potential Supervisors page on the Sanger Institute website.

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2 courses also advertised in the Wellcome Sanger Institute

From the Department of Clinical Biochemistry

We provide high-quality research training to clinical health professionals with an aptitude for research to enable them to become future leaders in medical and healthcare science. We can offer training in an outstanding environment, spanning basic science, translational medicine, interdisciplinary, behavioural and applied health research.

We take great pride in our track record of successfully training health professionals to undertake the highest quality research across Cambridge and Norwich. We offer one of the most rewarding environments in which you could pursue your research training with world-leading researchers in The  Schools of Clinical Medicine and Biological Sciences at the Universities of Cambridge, Wellcome Sanger Institute and other MRC, Wellcome & Cancer Research UK funded Institutes, Centres & Units in the wider Cambridge area, as well as the School of Health Sciences and Norwich Medical School at the University of East Anglia with other partners on the Norwich Research Park.  All we ask is the pursuit of research excellence, hard work and the will to make a difference to health.

The programme faculty provides mentoring and guidance on opportunities to undertake pre-doctoral research placements, enabling successful candidates to make an informed choice of PhD project and supervisor. Bespoke training and support for career development for fellows, together with support to supervisors, ensures a successful research experience. Post-doctorally, we will guide fellows based on their individual progress, to make the transition into higher research fellowships and clinical pathways, enabling ongoing training with continuance of research momentum.

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From the Department of Medicine

This innovative programme was established in 2002 as a collaboration between the University of Cambridge and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the US. Its aim is to train outstanding students in biomedical research, taking advantage of the excellent research environments. Students work on collaborative projects organised by co-supervisors at both Cambridge and the NIH, spending two years at each institution. Students have access to all NIH facilities and are paid by the NIH. The PhD is awarded by the University of Cambridge.

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Department Members


Professor Mike Stratton
Head of Department

Dr Carl Anderson
Director of Graduate Studies

  • 30 Academic Staff
  • 110 Postdoctoral Researchers
  • 75 Graduate Students

http://www.sanger.ac.uk/

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