Arthritis Research UK Medical Research Council

PhD Study

CIMA hosts a series of unique programmes, offering students multidisciplinary training in the processes and effects of ageing in the whole musculoskeletal system. We can offer postgraduate researchers access to world-leading facilities across the three CIMA sites as well as comprehensive support from our team of experienced staff. CIMA cultivates strong links between our research facilities and both clinical and industrial organisations, enabling our graduates to have a broad scope of future career opportunities.

Below is a list of example projects that CIMA PhD students are currently or previously engaged in. Our research is focused on developing efficacious research with a clear translational benefit to public health, as well as broadening the horizon of scientific understanding.

All CIMA funded PhD Studentships have now been recruited to. New programs will be available soon and will be listed here or on our
Twitter page and via Find a PhD.

If you are interested in pursuing an individually funded PhD programme, or for any additional information regarding CIMA training, please contact our centre manager Jacqui-Ann Hanley
Project title Supervisors
The role of epigenetics in tendon ageing: investigation of the effect of age and disease on the methlyation and non-coding RNA changes in tendon Professor Mandy Peffers (Liverpool)
Dr Simon Cockell (Newcastle)
Carole Proctor (Newcastle)
Professor Alison Gartland (Sheffield)
Can time-scheduled exercise improve age-associated epigenetic signature of genes regulating circadian timing in the musculoskeletal system Dr Vanja Pekovic-Vaughan (Liverpool)
Professor Mandy Peffers (Liverpool)
Dr Daryl Shanley (Newcastle)
The role of regulatory RNAs in the ageing muscle and their modulation by diet Dr Joao Pedro De Magalhaes (Liverpool)
Professor David Young (Newcastle) 
Dr Kasia Whysall (Liverpool)
Nutritional modulation of epigenetic signatures of musculoskeletal ageing Dr Elizabeth Laird (Liverpool)
Hyang-Min Byun (Newcastle)
Professor Peter Clegg (Liverpool)
Computational modelling to identify novel anti-inflammatory interventions to preserve musculoskeletal function in old mice Professor Anne McArdle (Liverpool)
Dr Lesley Iwanejko (Liverpool)
Carole Proctor (Newcastle) 
Daryl Shanley (Newcastle)
Investigation of the effect of age-related methylation changes within enhancer regions on target gene expression using CRISPR-Ca9 technology  Dr Louise Reynard (Newcastle)
Professor David Young (Newcastle)
Professor George Bou-Gharios (Liverpool)