Projects

MRC LID is offering over 30 distinct potential research projects for the 2024-25 studentship application round.

Details about each project, including links to the supervisors, additional eligibility criteria and prerequisite academic and/or skills requirements, are available via the project title link.

Each project is supervised by a minimum of two academics.

Where projects are are co-supervised across the DTP (i.e. have a supervisor at each institution) students would be primarily registered with the institution where the first named supervisor is based.

Some projects have the potential to be converted to a CASE/iCASE Studentship. This will be noted on the project page where applicable.

Each potential project addresses at least one of the four overarching themes of the DTP and provides training in at least one of the MRC’s core skills areas.

2024-25 MRC LID POTENTIAL RESEARCH PROJECTS

A searchable summary project list is available as a spreadsheet. (Applicants must still use the links below to project-specific pages for all available relevant information on their selected project.)

Project: Understanding the impact of vaccination on the spread of antibiotic resistance using phylogenetics
Supervisors: Dr Katherine Atkins & Dr Stéphane Hué
Primary institution: LSHTM

Project: Determining the pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic index of commonly used antimicrobials and exploring emergence of drug resistance using non-linear mixed-effects modelling techniques
Supervisors: Professor Emma Baker & Professor Joe Standing & Dr Dagan Lonsdale
Primary institution: SGUL

Project: Prediction of dementia from population-wide neuroimaging data using novel brain age techniques
Supervisors: Dr Thomas Barrick & Professor Franklyn Howe & Dr Jeremy Isaacs
Primary institution: SGUL

Project: Machine learning for missing data
Supervisors: Professor Jonathan Bartlett & Professor Ruth Keogh
Primary institution: LSHTM

Project: Climate change and health in Brazil: Investigating the impacts of extreme rainfall and drought
Supervisors: Professor Elizabeth Brickley & Dr Enny Paixao Cruz
Primary institution: LSHTM

Project: Using genomics and epigenomics to understand the evolution and molecular mechanisms of antimalarial and insecticide resistance
Supervisors: Professor Susana Campino & Professor Taane Clark
Primary institution: LSHTM

Project: Severe infection outcomes among cancer survivors in the UK
Supervisors: Dr Helena Carreira & Dr Harriet Forbes & Professor Krishnan Bhaskaran
Primary institution: LSHTM

Project: Preventing growth restriction and preterm birth in countries with a high infectious disease burden
Supervisors: Dr Matthew Chico & Professor Asma Khalil
Primary institution: LSHTM

Project: The role of hunger hormones on inflammation and tissue remodelling in Tuberculosis
Supervisors: Dr Deborah Chong & Professor Jon Friedland
Primary institution: SGUL

Project: Estimating the impact of urban environmental exposures on trajectories of child and adolescent mental health
Supervisors: Professor Charlotte Clark & Professor Steven Cummins & Professor John Gulliver
Primary institution: SGUL

Project: Plasmodium vivax genomics to inform malaria control
Supervisors: Professor Taane Clark & Professor Susana Campino
Primary institution: LSHTM

Project: Expanding the use of observational data to evaluate the impact of DREAMS, a non-randomised complex intervention
Supervisors: Professor Sian Floyd & Dr Isolde Birdthistle
Primary institution: LSHTM

Project: Exploring long-term mental health, quality of life and cognitive health outcomes among cancer survivors
Supervisors: Dr Harriet Forbes & Dr Helena Carreira & Professor Krishnan Bhaskaran
Primary institution: LSHTM

Project: Development of a novel and affordable vaccine against hepatitis A virus
Supervisors: Dr Elisabetta Groppelli & Professor Julian Ma
Primary institution: SGUL

Project: Characterising immune pathways and pharmacokinetics in HIV-associated pneumocystis pneumonia
Supervisors: Professor Thomas Harrison & Dr Sean Wasserman & Professor Joseph Jarvis & Dr Rachel Lai
Primary institution: SGUL

Project: Peptide Power Meets AI Precision: Targeting WHO’s Most Wanted Pathogens
Supervisors: Dr rer nat. Kai Hilpert & Dr Axel Nohturfft
Primary institution: SGUL

Project: Explainable AI for brain tumour diagnosis
Supervisors: Prof Franklyn Howe & Prof Eduardo Alonso & Dr Philip Benjamin
Primary institution: SGUL

Project: Antimicrobial resistance: what happens with age and by sex?
Supervisors: Dr Gwen Knight & Dr Catrin Moore & Dr Naomi Waterlow
Primary institution: LSHTM

Project: Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) gene transfer in Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA): mechanisms and dynamics using clinical isolates
Supervisors: Professor Jodi Lindsay & Dr Gwen Knight
Primary institution: SGUL

Project: How do vaccine-preventable acute respiratory infections affect frailty trajectories?
Supervisors: Dr Kate Mansfield & Professor Charlotte Warren-Gash
Primary institution: LSHTM

Project: Analysing aggregated electronic health records data, with application to European data on children with rare congenital anomalies
Supervisors: Professor Joan Morris & Dr Iain Carey & Dr Alex Lewin
Primary institution: SGUL

Project: The association of malnutrition and infections with acute and chronic kidney disease
Supervisors: Professor Dorothea Nitsch & Professor Suzanne Filteau & Associate Professor Segun Fatumo
Primary institution: LSHTM

Project: Using Wastewater Based Epidemiology (WBE) to Support Public Health
Supervisors: Dr Kathleen O’Reilly & Dr Henry Staines
Primary institution: LSHTM

Project: Evaluating innovations in the prevention of Hepatitis C among people who inject drugs
Supervisors: Professor Lucy Platt & Professor James Hargreaves
Primary institution: LSHTM

Project: Stuck in the throat: Dissecting the role of the Leishmania biofilm in parasite development and transmission
Supervisors: Dr Matthew Rogers & Dr Jack Sunter & Dr John Raynes
Primary institution: LSHTM

Project: AI methodology for investigating age-related cognitive changes and retinal imaging
Supervisors: Professor Alicja Rudnicka & Dr Alex Lewin & Professor Christopher Owen
Primary institution: SGUL

Project: Community antimicrobial resistance in patients with uncomplicated urinary tract infections and antimicrobial use in the community in Kampala, Uganda
Supervisors: Professor Tariq Sadiq & Dr Catrin Moore & Professor Kat Holt & Professor Jodi Lindsay
Primary institution: SGUL

Project: Development and evaluation of clinical decision rules for early diagnosis of cancers, with application to high dimensional data from breath testing
Supervisors: Professor Linda Sharples & Professor Ruth Keogh & Dr Thomas Cowling
Primary institution: LSHTM

Project: Multi-dimensional genomics to determine genetic risk factors for cluster headache
Supervisors: Dr Laura Southgate & Dr Alan Pittman
Primary institution: SGUL

Project: Development and evaluation of novel point-of-need cervical cancer screening devices to improve women’s health in low resource settings
Supervisors: Dr Henry Staines & Dr Elisabetta Groppelli
Primary institution: SGUL

Project: Improving efficiency in global health trials: accounting for multiple levels of clustering in cluster randomised trials and stepped wedge trials
Supervisors: Dr Jennifer Thompson & Dr Clémence Leyrat & Dr John Bradley
Primary institution: LSHTM

Project: How do infections affect trajectories of frailty across settings?
Supervisors: Professor Charlotte Warren-Gash & Dr Kate Mansfield
Primary institution: LSHTM

Project: Nutrition and cardiovascular risk reduction for youth in Zimbabwe
Supervisors: Professor Peter Whincup & Dr Angela Donin & Dr Aoife Doyle
Primary institution: SGUL

Project: Creating evidence for novel Tuberculosis vaccine introduction
Supervisors: Professor Richard White & Dr Tom Sumner & Dr Rebecca Clark
Primary institution: LSHTM