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We invite applications from prospective PhD students at any time. Contact Prof Parmjit Jat to express your interest

Programme Overview

The MRC Prion Unit at UCL is one of the world’s leading research centres for the study of prions and their wider relevance to neurodegenerative disease with a growing research interest in Alzheimer’s disease. Prion diseases are increasingly seen as the key paradigm for neurodegenerative diseases which involve accumulation of misfolded proteins with “prion-like” seeding mechanisms.

MRC and UCL have jointly invested £30M to provide a dedicated new building with state-of-the art-laboratories close to the UCL main campus to expand research in protein misfolding and aggregation in neurodegenerative diseases.

Prion Unit programmes are highly multidisciplinary offering a student the opportunity to learn about prion biology and neurodegeneration through genetics, cell and molecular biology, structural biology, protein biochemistry, therapeutics and clinical research.

This MRC funded PhD programme is designed to provide the highest quality multidisciplinary training for future careers in science. We welcome applications from students from a variety of backgrounds including biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, pharmacology, chemistry and medicine.