Funding for the Executive Dean’s PhD Studentship: Lineage tracing of blood stem cell development in embryo-like gastruloids

The team of Cristina Pina (, Alessandro Esposito ( and Victor Hernandez ( at Brunel University London, is offering a fully-funded PhD studentship to develop a live imaging and lineage tracing system to monitor blood formation and emergence of blood (haematopoietic) stem cells in a 3D gastruloid model of embryogenesis. Establishment of the lineage tracing system will support implementation of the 3D gastruloid model as a replacement for animal studies, and its eventual use as a source of blood cells for transfusion and transplantation.

Based in and funded by the College of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, this studentship offers a full-time annual London rate stipend estimated at £21,237plus (including London weighting) and Home/EU tuition fees, for a maximum of 36 months.

The Department of Life Sciences holds a Silver Athena SWAN Award and is committed to equality of opportunity and advancing women’s careers.

The start date will be 1 October 2024.