PhD Applications for all other funded studentships 2023 closed 9 December 2022.  Please continue to check this webpage in early 2023 for any updates on available PhD studentships.

NEW for 2023!


4 Year PhD Studentship – Weizmann Institute of Science/CRUK Manchester Institute,

University of Manchester

“The interplay between the intratumoural microbiome, the type of cancer inflammation and the response to immunotherapy”

Dr Santiago Zelenay, CRUK Manchester Institute, UK & Dr Ravid Straussman, Weizmann Institute, Israel

We are pleased to announce this exciting new PhD opportunity at the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute and the Weizmann Institute, Israel.  The project will be undertaken at two locations - the University of Manchester and Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. The time spent at each institution is flexible and will be determined by project progression. Candidates can discuss these arrangements with the supervisor.

Immunotherapies hold great potential for improving cancer patient outcomes. However, we do not fully understand why some patients respond to therapy while others do not. We know that inflammation can both speed up and slow down tumour progression and can both promote and limit the response to immunotherapy. Different types of intratumoural inflammatory responses occur, but the instructive signals that dictate the ‘flavour’ of inflammation within the tumour bed are poorly defined. Dr Santiago Zelenay’s (CRUK Manchester Institute, University of Manchester) and Dr Ravid Straussman (Weizmann Institute) propose to tackle this central gap in knowledge building on recent ground-breaking work from their teams. Within this framework, the main aim of this PhD project will be to investigate the interplay between the intratumoural inflammatory response and the tumour microbiome with the overarching goal of providing new insights into the principles that dictate immunotherapy outcomes. The successful candidate will undertake this 4-year research project by combining the expertise established in the Zelenay & Straussman research groups at the CRUK Manchester Institute, UK and the Weizmann Institute, Israel.

Registration and graduation will be affiliated to the University of Manchester.

For further information on the Weizmann Institute of Science PhD Studentships please see here

For further project details, entry criteria and information please click here

Entry: September 2023

Application Deadline: 15 June 2023

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