Research in gastroenterology provides excellent opportunities for laboratory and clinical research focusing on the physiology of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and pathogenesis of GI diseases in both humans and animals.
Why study with us?
As a PhD student in the Gastroenterology department I have access to excellent expertise and facilities as well as a friendly and supportive environment to work in.Rachael Hough - Gastroenterology PhD student
4* and 3* in research environment in Clinical Medicine REF (2014).
academic members of staff.
registered postgraduate research students.
The Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology builds on a long and prestigious history and remains a leading international centre for research into the fundamental principles of human physiology.
Laboratory research is based mainly on the University campus in the Henry Wellcome Laboratory of Molecular & Cellular Gastroenterology. We also conduct clinical research and trials at the Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospital.
Our focus is on “translational” research: taking advances in basic medical research out of the laboratory and into the hospital clinic ‘from the bench to bedside’. This involves a whole range of experimental techniques, from mechanistic studies involving cell-lines through to patient studies and clinical trials.
Our research interests
Investigations in humans and animals which define the biology of GI disease and provide the scientific foundation for the development of new or improved therapies.
Our research areas specifically focus on:
- Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancers - molecular pathogenesis; regulation of apoptosis in the GI tract; the gastrin family of peptides; epithelial glycobiology; development of biomarkers
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) – role of immune cells; bacterial factors; the development and assessment of novel therapies
- Gastric physiology and response to NSAIDs
- Gut microbiota, enteric infection and bacteraemia
- Volatile Organic Compounds in GI disease
- Development and imaging of 3-D ‘mini-gut’ models.
The research infrastructure of the Institute of Translational Medicine is designed to give researchers access to world class facilities in the best possible environment.
Our centres, facilities and resources give us the ability to drive biomedical research from patient samples to the laboratory bench and vice versa from newly generated drug compounds into clinical trials. They provide powerful, productive collaborations between experts within the University and organisations worldwide.
- Biomedical Imaging
- Centre for Antimicrobial Pharmacodynamics
- Centre for Drug Safety Science
- Health Data Science Network
- Centre for Preclinical Imaging
- Clinical Trials Research Centre
- Harris-Wellbeing Preterm Birth Research Centre
- Liverpool Bio-Innovation Hub (LBIH) Biobank
- Liverpool Cancer Trials Unit
- MRC North West Hub for Trials Methodology Research
- North West Cancer Research Centre – University of Liverpool
- Pancreas Biomedical Research Unit
- UK Experimental Arthritis Treatment Centre for Children
- Wolfson Centre for Personalised Medicine.
Postgraduate researchers also benefit from flexible access to world-class equipment and expertise through the Shared Research Facilities provided by The Technology Directorate.
Gastroenterology Research Unit
Study options and fees
|MPhil / PhD / MD||Duration||Home/EU Students||International Students|
|Full time||2-4 years||£4,327* (2019)||£23,650* ^ (lab based programmes)
£18,000* (non Lab based programmes) (2020).
|Part time||4-6 years||£2,163.50* (2019)||£11,825* (lab based programmes) £9,000* (non Lab based programmes) (2020)|
*This fees excludes potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter.
^Self funded full time international students studying a lab based programme will receive a £2,000 reduction in their fees for the first year only.
Applications are welcomed from well qualified graduates who would typically hold a UK first degree or equivalent in the first or 2:1 class, or a 2:2 class degree plus a Masters degree, in a relevant subject.
We welcome applications from within the EU and around the world. You should ensure that your qualifications are equivalent to those required to study for this research degree. See our guidance on international qualifications.
You must also have reached a minimum standard of English and be able to provide evidence of this. See our English language requirements for international students.
How to apply
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Applications are open all year round.
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