Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

Research Opportunities

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  • Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    One year full-time funded Studentship - MSc by Research

    Sponsored by Porton Biopharma Ltd and Oxford Brookes University

    Eligibility: Home UK/EU students only are eligible to apply

    Bursary: £15,009 for academic year 2019/2020
    Fees: Tuition fees will be paid by the University
    Closing Date: 12 April 2019
    Start date: 16 September 2019

    Project Title:

    Developing a plant-based recombinant expression system

    Director of Studies: Dr Verena Kriechbaumer (Oxford Brookes University)

    Second Supervisor: Dr Dave Gervais (Porton Biopharma Ltd)

    Entry requirements:

    Applicants require a good Honours degree (a minimum of 2.1 or equivalent) in Biology or related subject.

    If English is not your first language then you will need to show that your English language skills are  high enough level to succeed in your studies. You will be required to have an IELTS (Academic) test certificate score - minimum 6 in each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking with overall minimum score of 7. The test certificate must have been issued within the last two years from an approved test centre. Under certain circumstances alternative qualifications may be accepted. Please see our English Language requirements information.

    Project Description:

    Porton Biopharma Ltd are interested in exploring plant-based recombinant expression systems for suspension cell cultures. Plant cell expression provides an original and potentially low-cost system for the production of biotherapeutics. Oxford Brookes University has expertise and facilities for plant cell culture, including several cell types, transformation vectors and technology, and the ability to study protein expression and targeting.

    Application process

    Please complete the application form and return it together with a CV, copies of degree certificates and English language information (if applicable) to by 5pm on the 12 April 2019.

    For further information on the project please e-mail: