ESRIC PhD Programme

Nezha was one of ESRIC's first PhD students in 2013, studying gene expression using DNA-FISH working extensively with structured illumination microscopy and advanced imaging analysis.  


Eric started his PhD in 2014 working in Plant Cell Biology, combining microfluidics and microscopy to study plant cell biology. In particular plant cell deformation under physiological stress.

He is now working on synthetic enamel at the University of Edinburgh.


Christopher undertakes his PhD in the School of Chemistry at Edinburgh University where he is developing fluorescent probes for advanced imaging. Availability of fluorescent probes for super-resolution is a limitation in the techniques and this work hopes to bypass these limitations. He currently works as a development scientist for Biogelx.


Kai started his PhD in 2014 and works across physics and biology in the institute of biological chemistry, bioengineering and biophysics (IB). Kai's PhD is involves developing methods in 3D cell tomography with applications in super-resolution microscopy.


Katarzyna began her PhD in 2014 and uses super-resolution techniques as well as electrophysiology to study calcium dynamics. Kate is using gated-STED and single molecule imaging in TIRF to study this complex pathway in cells as well as live cell work at super-resolution.


Tooba Quidwai began her PhD in 2015 and is interested in studying cilia trafficking using super-resolution microscopy. Tooba was a visiting student at EMBL prior to her PhD in ESRIC where she gained a strong foundation in the single molecule imaging techniques.She is now a 3rd year ESRIC Ph.D. student based in IGMM with Dr. Pleasantine Mill.                                


Beatriz began her PhD in 2017 and is looking to use super-resolution microscopy to study the the spatiotemporal organisation of SNARE proteins immediately before exocytosis, a fundamental process which drives hormonal and neurotransmitter release in secretory cells.


ESRIC PhD Studentships become available throughout the year, here you can find out which projects are on offer and how to apply. We are currently advertising for 3 in 2017, closing date February 26th 2017.


Silviya is investigating the impact DNA hypomethylation has on chromatin organisation in embryonic stem cells.


Naouel started her PhD in 2017 as an ESRIC student studying gene regulation. Her project aims to develop advanced super-resolution microscopy techniques to enable the visualisation of single copy loci in living cells.