University of Dundee

Tricia Cohen Prize Studentship

The Tricia Cohen Memorial Trust was recently established in memory of the late Professor Lady Tricia Cohen, who carried out her research programme in Department of Biochemistry for 48 years between 1971 and 2019. Tricia’s key research contributions were to determine the structures of genes coding for protein phosphatases, a family of enzymes essential for the survival and function of human cells. She also discovered several previously unknown protein phosphatases and defined their functions in cells. The first women to lead a research team in the Biochemistry Department at the University of Dundee, her work had a major impact globally.

Along with her husband and colleague Sir Philip Cohen, Tricia was appointed one of the two founding Principal Investigators of The Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation Unit (MRC-PPU) at the University of Dundee, where she was its Head of Molecular Biology from 1990-2010. Tricia continued to carry out research in her laboratory at the University until 2019.

Following Tricia's passing in 2020, the trust was set up to fund PhD studentships in the area of genetic and molecular aspects of cell regulation, the field in which Tricia’s research was focused and in which she trained many PhD students. Funding has been raised for 6 consecutive studentships, beginning in 2022.

Projects will be offered in various labs across the MRC Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit and Schools of Life Sciences and Medicine. Successful candidates will have access to our world class research laboratories and the studentship will provide a tax-free stipend of £20,000 per annum, the cost of fees and training will be covered, as well as the cost of attending an international conference during the PhD.

Applications will open shortly for 2022 entry.