International PhD Programme research topics

When you apply for the EMBL International PhD Programme, you are asked to select two EMBL research groups and to indicate up to four research areas that interest you. A variety of backgrounds - such as biology, chemistry, computational science, mathematics and statistics - are relevant to PhD projects at EMBL-EBI. As well as purely computational projects, there may also be possibilities to incorporate some experimental biology in collaborating laboratories.

Here, we show a provisional list of available PhD projects at EMBL-EBI which are available during the Summer recruitment round.

You can find other EMBL research units on the EMBL website, and browse all EMBL research groups in our Research at a Glance brochure.

Summer Recruitment 2015 is now open. Apply here!

Beltrao research group

Evolution of Cellular Networks

Dr Pedro Beltrao's group seeks to understand the function and evolution of cellular networks by exploring how genetic variability is propagated through molecules, structures and interaction networks to give rise to phenotypic variability. The group focuses on two areas: the evolution of chemical--genetic interactions in different species and individuals; and the function and evolution of post-translational regulatory networks. There is a strong emphasis in collaborating with experimental groups both for data acquisition and follow-up studies.

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Stegle research group

Statistical genomics and systems genetics

Dr Oliver Stegle's research group uses computational approaches to unravel the genotype--phenotype map on a genome-wide scale. Their work focuses on the development and use of statistical methodology to dissect the causes of molecular variation. The group has shown how comprehensive modelling can greatly improve the statistical power to find genetic associations with gene expression levels and provide for an enhanced interpretation of the interplay between genetic variation, transcriptional regulation and molecular traits. The address these methodological questions in the context of close collaborations with experimental groups, where they apply novel statistical tools to study molecular traits in model organisms, plant systems and biomedical applications.

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