University of Dundee

Wellcome Trust 4-Year PhD Programme

Dun Jack Fu

After finishing the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme in Copenhagen, I continued my studies in the UK. There, I graduated from the University of Sussex with a BSc (Hons) in Molecular Medicine. My honours project was my first real exposure to research. To approach my interest in science in this manner appealed to me greatly, and I thus decided to pursue research as a career. However, I was interested in various different areas, and therefore the Wellcome Trust programme seemed perfect for me.

Lynne Cairns

I gained my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the University of Glasgow in 2009. During this time I obtained lab experience not only during my Honours project, but also by undertaking a six week summer project between my third and fourth years of study. The experience I had encouraged me to pursue a career in research. After spending 22 years living in the Glasgow area I decided (with a bit of mild persuasion from my supervisors!) to move elsewhere to continue my studies.

Alistair Davies

I gained my undergraduate degree in Pharmacology with Industrial Experience from the University of Manchester in 2011. Unlike a lot of other PhD students, I came straight from my undergraduate studies to Dundee to study my Ph.D. without undertaking a Master’s degree. Instead, I obtained the majority of my laboratory experience during a 13 month placement I undertook between my 2nd and final year of study working for the German pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim, based at their oncology research centre in Vienna, Austria.

Francesca Auciello

I come from Naples, in the South part of Italy, but I graduated in Rome at the second University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, where I gained both my Bachelor and my Master degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology. During my Master I spent one year in a Molecular Genetics lab in which I worked on Tyrosine Phosphatases’ specificity and it was in that period that I realised that research would have been my future.