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Weizmann Institute of Science PhD studentships

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health has established a funded PhD programme in conjunction with the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.

Project: The interplay between the intratumoural microbiome, the type of cancer inflammation and the response to immunotherapy

Dr Santiago Zelenay, CRUK Manchester Institute, UK
Dr Ravid Straussman, Weizmann Institute, Israel

We are pleased to announce this exciting new PhD opportunity at the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute and the Weizmann Institute, Israel.

The main aim of this PhD project will be to investigate the interplay between the intratumoural inflammatory response and the tumour microbiome, with the overarching goal of providing new insights into the principles that dictate the outcome of immunotherapy.

The successful candidate will undertake this four-year research project by combining the expertise established in the Zelenay & Straussman research groups, where Years 1 and 4 will be based at the CRUK Manchester Institute, UK and Years 2 and 3 at the Weizmann Institute, Israel.

One of our current students, Petronela Buiga, is currently undertaking her PhD at the Weizmann Institute. Find out about her experiences by reading her profile.

Eligibility and how to apply

Applicants to the programme must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second class UK honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK.

The funding covers fees and living costs for four years.

You should apply online, selecting PhD Cancer Sciences on the online application form.  

For further information on the required documents to include with your application, see How to Apply.

Key dates

  • Deadline for completed applications: 15 June 2022
  • Commencement: September 2022 

Contact us

If you have any queries please contact the Doctoral Academy Admissions team at or call 0161 275 5230.