PhD Studentship: Translational Interrogations of Prostate Cancer

University of Surrey

Supervisors: Dr Mohammad Asim (Supervisor)           

Prof. Hardev Pandha (Co-supervisor)

Funding status: University of Surrey funded project (Students Worldwide)

Project description: Applications are invited for a 3-year, fully-funded PhD studentship in the Department of Clinical & Experimental Medicine, University of Surrey, Guildford. This PhD position starts in April/May 2017 and is based primarily in the laboratory of Dr Mohammad Asim and will be jointly co-supervised by Prof. Hardev Pandha. The focus of this project is to understand the molecular mechanism underlying the development of castration resistant prostate cancer (CRPC), which is an aggressive form of the disease with limited treatment options.

More specifically, this project will focus on interrogating and drugging the function of the androgen receptor (AR), which is master transcription factor regulating the growth and progression of prostate cancer.

The project will employ novel cellular and tissue based models to study prostate cancer with an overall aim to develop better therapeutics to treat CRPC. The department is active in clinical trials in men with advanced prostate cancer, and has access to fresh and archival prostate cancer tissue to add translational relevance to the PhD studentship.

As a PhD student you will work as part of vibrant and supportive research community and will receive extensive training for a career as a Cancer biologist.

Applicants should have:

  1. An upper, second class honours degree (2.1) or equivalent in Biological sciences from a UK or an overseas University. Applications are particularly welcome from applicants who have a computational biology/bioinformatics degree.
  1. Fluency in English language.
  1. Motivation and enthusiasm for work and should be capable of thinking and workingnindependently.
  1. British residency or EU nationality. The Faculty has a number of fully-funded PhD studentships for UK and EU nationals who can demonstrate the appropriate residency requirements.

These studentships will include the tuition fees and a tax-free stipend. The Department has also a few scholarships for partial funding for overseas fees. However, funding for overseas students is limited and overseas students are encouraged to find suitable funding themselves.

The university values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

Applications must quote the reference and include a cover letter, CV and at least contact details of two academic references. They must apply via the apply now button on this link:, while informal enquiries can be directed to

Funding Notes: 3-year fully funded PhD studentship


(1) Asim M, Massie CE, Neal DE. Mol Cell Oncol. 2016 Feb 24;3(3).

(2) Asim M, Massie CE, (………) Neal DE. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2015 Dec 11;108(5).

For informal enquiries for further information on the project, please contact Dr Mohammad Asim:

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