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In order to harness the scientific excellence and vast research expertise within the reach of the partnership we ensure that our project portfolio is very diverse. All rotation and PhD projects are interdisciplinary, with two active, collaborating supervisors from clearly distinguished disciplines. Our project portfolio spans the wide fields of interest that encompass BBSRC priorities.

Molecular aspects of plant biology
Microbial systems
Food security
Genes and development
STEM approaches to life sciences
Animal disease and welfare
Molecular biosciences
Industrial biotechnology

We highlight each of the disciplines making a contribution to these priorities, for example: Cell biology, Neurobiology, Immunology, Developmental biology, Physiology, Structural biology, Chemical biology, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Genetics, Evolutionary biology.

Finally we identify the research techniques to be applied in each project, these range from state-of-the-art molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry, imaging, and image processing, to modelling, mathematics, bioinformatics, statistics and engineering.

To help each student rapidly identify and engage with very high quality projects that combine the topics of interest with the expertise that they wish to develop we provide a fully searchable project database that can filter according to preferences or interests in each of the three realms.

Our DTP issues a new call for projects after the interviews are completed. This gives candidates successful in being awarded a place on the programme the opportunity to contact potential supervisors working in their area of interest and discuss the possibility of their submitting a project to our pool.

  • The list of projects offered to students joining the programme in 2018 can be seen here
  • The list of projects offered to students joining the programme in 2017 can be seen here
  • The list of projects offered to students joining the programme in 2016 can be seen here
  • The list of projects offered to students joining the programme in 2015 can be seen here
  • The list of projects offered to students joining the programme in 2014 can be seen here
  • The list of projects offered to students joining the programme in 2013 can be seen here

The DTP also offers industry collaborative studentships, more information on these projects can be found on the Apply page.

Click here to find out more about the students and supervisors of the programme


Academics within the consortium are invited submit a project proposal each year, students are also encouraged to contact any potential supervisors to discuss and develop project ideas before joining the programme and to complete this negotiation no later than the April of the year of entry.

To achieve some necessary balances of studentships across the partnership and our scientific remit the LIDo Student Research Committee reviews all submissions and accepts into the portfolio only very high quality projects matching key features in each BBSRC priority area and our requirements for interdisciplinarity.

A member of staff may have in the pool a maximum of 1 project as primary supervisor and may only act as a primary supervisor to a single programme student at any one time. An individual member of staff can be a second supervisor on an unlimited number of other projects, as required and/or desired.


The BBSRC has awarded 11 CASE studentships per year for each of 4 years to the London Interdisciplinary PhD Consortium (LIDo).

Each institution in the consortium will conduct an internal call for new project proposal in the summer. Members of the BBSRC London Interdisciplinary DTP Industry, Impact and Internship (3I) Committee will review submissions and the final selected projects will be featured on the programme website from November.

Student recruitment will be managed collaboratively between the project PI and the programme 3I committee.

Guidelines will be available here soon. If you have any questions in the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact the programme.

  • Migrating mammalian neural crest cell. Immunofluorescence for stabilised microtubules (green) and nucleic acid (blue)
  • When explanted onto a fibronectin-coated surface, chick neural crest cells expressing HNK (green) migrate away from the neural tube (blue) and acquire a fibroblast-like phenotype (red)
  • IBScluster_CaseTribeF
  • Testing out rough terrain designs with Lego. For experiments looking at how wolf spider gait changes over rough terrain
  • Wolf spider (Pardosa amentata) with recently-hatched spiderlings on her back
  • Custom laser launch system, part of a microscopy system designed by a BBSRC student to study hiv infection, Photographer Steffy Cziezo, MRC LMCB
  • Cells+SPION+Actin
  • Image of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs)-derived myofibers from human patients with a mutated LMNA AC gene. Student Tanel Ozdemir, UCL.
  • Image of macrophages infected with Leishmania Major Amastigotes. Student Alec O'keeffe, LSHTM.
  • Finite element simulation of magnetic field gradient in Halbach cylinder cell seeding device
  • myoblasts TIPS
  • TIPS microsphere
  • 3D reconstruction of a mitochondrial network in a neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cell. Michele Frison, RVC.
  • Movie of the fluorescently labelled  cytoskeleton of beating heart cells. Student Pedro Almada, UCL
  • Still image from a Principle Component Analysis (PCA) decomposition of a video with speech. Student Ben Brown, UCL
  • Time-lapse movie of E.coli transformed with a synthetic GFP-oscillatory circuit. Student Tanel Ozdemir, UCL.