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Department of Pharmacology


We are looking to provide fully-supported Master’s or PhD studentships for very bright, well-qualified graduates who wish to start a research career in Pharmacology. Having independently funded studentships significantly increases our ability to fund such students flexibly and effectively.

Two students write about their research supported by the Dr David James Studentship, a fund set up as part of Dr James legacy to support the next generation of Pharamacologists.

Roberta Cacioppo

David James PhD Studentship, 2019-2023

Roberta Cacioppo

I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnologies from the University of Palermo in Italy, during which I studied the role for a long non-coding RNA in regulating TBPH subcellular localization.

I carried out my MSc research in the group of Dr. Rousseau at the MRC PPU in Dundee, where I identified a novel regulator of the selective translation of proteasome assembly chaperones during cellular stress.

I joined the Lindon Lab in 2019 as a David James PhD Student, and I’m currently studying the post-transcriptional regulation of the cell cycle regulator Aurora Kinase A. I am greatly enjoying the scientific and cultural diversity that our Department offers, which has allowed me to widen my technical skillset and work in a stimulating environment.

I like to spend my free time outside the lab socializing, cooking, and travelling.


Rosie Waters

AstraZeneca-David James PhD Studentship, 2017-2021

Rosie Waters

My PhD, co-funded by David James Studentship and AstraZeneca, was focused on understanding the structure and function of the protein syncollin, and it covered both protein structural studies and physiological assays, including work with bacteria and neutrophils.

What I enjoyed most about my PhD was the variety of experimental techniques, which allowed many opportunities for collaboration and a broader skillset to be acquired.

I am now putting these skills to good use in the in vitro pharmacology group of a neuroscience biotech company.