What will I learn?

Course Overview

The area of Cellular and Molecular Biology has developed rapidly during the past decade. It feeds an active biotechnology industry and underpins many recent advances in molecular medicine. This creates strong demand for a new generation of highly skilled researchers with expertise in this area. This PhD programme in Cellular and Molecular Biology addresses this need by providing a structured training programme with the following key features:

  • broad knowledge in the molecular biology of mammalian cells
  • training in relevant advanced technologies
  • multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach
  • meaningful exposure to non-academic sector
  • development of independent and critical thinking
  • development of communication skills

This PhD programme will focus on the molecular mechanisms that maintain cellular homeostasis and on the mechanisms that dictate tissue and organism-level homeostasis. Individual research themes will be selected and developed to address contemporary research questions in these topics. They will address the regulation of these cellular functions at three hierarchical tiers: molecular-, cellular- and supracellular levels. The research themes of the programme include cellular stress responses, mechanisms of cell death, cell survival regulation by the tissue microenvironment; altered cell signalling in the development of disease states. The goal of our research is to promote the understanding of altered cell signalling that drives development of disease, with a view to targeting these processes in cancer and degenerative diseases.

It is envisaged that the students will be well placed to pursue careers in biomedical research or the biotechnology/pharma industry, particularly in areas relating to cancer, degenerative diseases, metabolic disorders and inflammation.

Research Areas

The over-arching research is in the general area of cell signaling, particularly as it relates to biochemical mechanisms that maintain cellular homeostasis. The particular research areas of interest include cellular stress responses, proteostasis, mechanisms of cell death, cell survival regulation by the tissue microenvironment and altered cell signalling in the development of disease states. The driving goal of our research is to promote the understanding of altered cell signalling that drives development of disease, with a view to targeting these processes in cancer and degenerative diseases.

Which department am I in?

College of Science and Engineering

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
€14,750.00 (US$ 16,653) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

10 January 2022, 5 September 2022

Venue

National University of Ireland, Galway

University Road,

Galway,

Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

PhD candidates should normally have a high honours standard in a relevant academic discipline at primary degree level or equivalent together with the support of an academic staff member who is approved by the College to supervise the research in terms of its nature and scope. English Language Requirements: IELTS: 6.5 overall; Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE): 176 overall; Cambridge C2 Advanced (CPE): 180 overall; TOEFL: 88; Pearson PTE: 61; Duolingo English Test: 110.

For international students

At least an upper 2.1 grade in BSc or equivalent in Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Biotechnology or similar relevant subject area.

English Language Requirements

IELTS: 6.5 overall; Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE): 176 overall; Cambridge C2 Advanced (CPE): 180 overall; TOEFL: 88; Pearson PTE: 61; Duolingo English Test: 110.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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