The Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease is fully committed to promoting gender equality in all activities. We offer a supportive working environment with flexible family support for all our staff and students and applications for part-time study are encouraged. The Institute holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of on-going commitment to ensuring that the Athena SWAN principles are embedded in its activities and strategic initiatives. 

PhD studentships with funding

Roles of the endocytic receptor LRP1 in respiratory health and disease


PhD studentships for students with their own funding


Eye and Vision Science

Investigating Early Worsening of Diabetic Retinopathy with Rapid Improvement in Glycaemic Control

Controlling the switches; determining the regulation of laminin gene expression

Development of new computer vision techniques for automated reconstruction of curvilinear structures from images

Development of Novel Imaging Technologies for Eye Disease

Oculomotor approaches to inhibitory control

MicroRNA regulation of MMP14 in Corneal Neovascularisation: Development of ‘AngioMirs’ as a Novel Therapy

Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Fuchs Endothelial Corneal Dystrophy

MicroRNA regulation of FOXC1 and glaucoma development

Characterisation of cell death mechanisms in cancer: protein interactions in p53/PERP-mediated apoptosis

Advanced Microscopy Image Analysis for Life Science Applications

Development of Advanced Methods for Biological Signal Analysis

Development of nanomedicines for the treatment of eye diseases 

Influence of underlying matrix on induced pluripotent stem cell differentiation and integration of trabecular meshwork cells


Musculoskeletal Biology

Analysing ECG with deep learning: human supervised analysis versus A.I. (Artificial Intelligence)

Characterization and functional analysis of a novel cancer-associated gene

Connective Tissue Fibrosis: Understanding basic biological mechanisms and the development of targeted therapies

Developing and applying computational methods to understand the genetics of ageing

Development of treatment for Osteoarthritis by blocking metalloproteinases

Investigating the role of mesenchymal stem cell populations in the pathogenesis of systemic idiopathic juvenile arthritis

Targeting ageing: Genes and compounds with pro-longevity, health-preserving effects

The molecular biology of back pain

The role of bronchoconstriction induced oxidative damage, signalling and circadian clocks in smooth muscle remodelling in asthma and COPD

The role of neuromuscular junction (NMJ) degeneration in age-related loss of skeletal muscle mass and function

Understanding the biomechanics of evolutionary transitions in the fossil record: hard tissues and soft evidence

Molecular analysis of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) in rheumatoid arthritis 

Functional and -omics investigation of neutrophil activation in rheumatoid arthritis 

'Mechano-culture' of stem cells for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine

Optimisation of techniques for improving the storage of osteochondral allograft tissue

Tissue Engineering of Functional Cardiac Tissue using a Newly Characterised Cardiac Stem Cell Population

The effect of low protein diet on the development of the musculoskeletal system