University of Dundee

Wellcome 4-Year PhD Programme in Integrated Molecular, Cellular and Translational Biology

The Wellcome Trust Integrated molecular, cellular and translational biology programme combines scientific excellence with a commitment to improving the working environment and transition support for trainees. This PhD programme, provided by world-renowned scientists from the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee, will train the next generation of scientists at the forefront of international science. Students will join our supportive and positive research culture with the opportunity to select research projects centred around four themes:

  1. Cellular Regulation
  2. Protein Modification
  3. Infection and Immunity
  4. Drug Discovery and Translation

Around 50 different potential supervisors will participate in this programme


Prof Sarah Coulthurst

Our overall research interests are bacterial protein secretion systems (sophisticated machineries that translocate bacterial proteins into other cells or the environment) and mechanisms of inter-bacterial competition. These converge in our primary research area – the mechanisms, role and regulation of the bacterial Type VI secretion system. The Type VI secretion system is a nanomachine that many different bacterial species use to deliver toxic effector proteins into rival bacteria, and can also be used against eukaryotic cells including microbial fungi. We are a molecular microbiology group who use a combination of bacterial genetics, molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry and ‘omics approaches