About the DTP

Our 4-year fully funded PhD programme in Mechanistic Biology offers projects aligned with the BBSRC strategic priorities in Food Security, Bioenergy and Industrial Technology and World Class Bioscience.

You can find the projects we are currently recruiting here 

This DTP brings together the very best molecular and cellular biosciences research across the Consortium which maps on to the research themes of the BBSRC. We will deliver a regional PhD training programme that has interdisciplinarity collaboration at its core.

It brings together researchers in different disciplines (Biosciences, Physics, Chemistry etc.) within different research centres (Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology and Centre for Plant Sciences (Leeds), Krebs Institute (Sheffield) and Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP) and York Structural Biology Laboratory (York)). The consortium also spans many departments (the Faculties of Biological Sciences (FBS), and Maths and Physical Sciences (Leeds) the Departments of Biology and Chemistry (York) and the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology in Sheffield, with combined research power and critical mass in the area of Mechanistic Biology. Individually, we provide excellent training for PhD students; combined we will provide outstanding training, enhanced by greater depth and diversity of experience and research opportunity.

Key partners of the DTP are the Food & Environment Research Agency (Fera) (Sand Hutton, York) and the Research Complex at Harwell RCaH (Harwell, Oxford) who will play a pivotal role in providing access to specialist technologies and the opportunity to gain greater understand of the role of research in informing policy-making.


DTP Partners