The London Research Institute conducts comprehensive PhD and Postdoc training programmes, and are supported by highly trained scientific and administrative staff.
The LRI Summer Student Programme
Applications for the 2013 LRI Summer Student Programme are now closed.
The Cancer Research UK London Research Institute has an international reputation for outstanding research into the basic biology of cancer and is committed to training the next generation of research scientists.
Our Summer Student Programme is aimed at high calibre, motivated and enthusiastic undergraduate students who are contemplating a career in research.
If you are considering doing a PhD after your undergraduate degree, then being a summer student is a great way to find out what 'working at the bench' is like and to gain some practical experience.
Successful applicants will get the chance to develop their practical skills working alongside world-class scientists in well-resourced laboratories at Clare Hall (just north of London in South Mimms) or Lincoln's Inn Fields (central London).
The techniques learnt will depend on the project, but may include molecular biology techniques such as cloning and sequencing, biochemical techniques such as Western Blotting, immunoprecipitation and analysis of protein-protein interactions, cell biological techniques such as immunofluorescence and light and confocal microscopy, biophysics and / or bioinformatics. The day-to-day supervision of our summer students is carried out by postdoctoral fellows in our research labs.
The programme starts with a one-day induction, to introduce students to the LRI and working in a research laboratory, and to give them a chance to get to know each other before they start work on their projects. During the summer, the students:
- are given the opportunity to attend a session offering advice on choosing and applying for PhD positions,
- are given training in giving talks and using PowerPoint, and
- participate in several student social events.
The highlight of the scheme is the Summer Student Symposium, in early September, when each student gives a 10 minute presentation about the work they have done over the summer.
To be eligible for the LRI Summer Student Programme, you should be an undergraduate student studying a relevant discipline (eg Life, Physical or Computer Sciences, depending on the project you are applying for) and in your penultimate year at a UK university.
You will need to be available all day on Monday March 18th for our interviews, and between 1st July and 6th September for the summer student programme.
Please note that this programme is not suitable for students studying medicine/on medical degree programmes.
The following projects are available for the LRI Summer Studentship Programme 2013. You can download a single pdf file containing details of all the available projects, and use the links below to read more about the research in that group.
The locations of the laboratories are indicated as either Clare Hall (CH) or Lincoln's Inn Fields (LIF).
1. Understanding TGFβ Signalling Through Tagging Of Endogenous Genes By Homologous Recombination. Postdoc Supervisor: Anassuya Ramachandran, Group Leader: Caroline Hill (Developmental Signalling, LIF)
2. A role for the TRAPP complex subunit TTC15 in mammalian autophagy. Postdoc Supervisor: Chris Lamb, Group Leader: Sharon Tooze (Secretory Pathways, LIF)
3. Structural and functional studies of retroviral integration. Postdoc Supervisor: Dan Maskell, Group Leader: Peter Cherepanov (Chromatin Structure and Mobile DNA, CH)
4. A Study of Global Cellular Growth Control in Fission Yeast. Postdoc Supervisors: Louise Weston and Francisco Navarro, Group Leader: Paul Nurse/Jacqueline Hayles (Cell Cycle, LIF)
5. Analysis of novel regulators of the Hippo tumour suppressor pathway in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. Postdoc Supervisor: Ieva Gailite, Group Leader, Nic Tapon (Apoptosis and Proliferation Control, LIF)
6. Determining resistance to therapies targeting the GATA2 network in lung cancer. Postdoc Supervisor: Madhu Kumar, Group Leader: Julian Downward (Signal Transduction, LIF)
7. Functional analysis of the novel autophagy proteins SCOC and FEZ1. Postdoc Supervisor: Martina Wirth, Group Leader Sharon Tooze (Secretory Pathways, LIF)
8. Identifying genes behind the molecular subtypes of clear cell kidney cancer. Postdoc Supervisor: Tammy Cheng, Group Leader: Paul Bates (Biomolecular Modelling, LIF)
9. The role of PKC epsilon in exit from cytokinesis. Postdoc Supervisor: Tanya Pike, Group Leader: Peter Parker (Protein Phosphorylation, LIF)
10. Investigating the collective behavior of a novel kinesin 5 motor in gliding assays. Postdoc Supervisor: Todd Fallesen, Group Leader: Thomas Surrey (Microtubule Cytoskeleton, LIF)