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Summer Studentships

Vacation Studentships 


 DR BENJAMIN HALL is advertising for vacation studentships to undertake two exciting projects within his research group (Ben Hall Research).

The projects are as follows:

Project 1 – ref BH/P1

The BioModelAnalyzer (BMA) is a tool that allows biologists to rapidly construct and analyse computational models of biological phenomena. The tool couples approaches in formal verification with a novel user interface. One feature of the BMA is that transitions are encoded in “target functions” for each variable; algebraic functions that describe how the variable changes over time.

In this project, you would introduce formal synthesis into the target function editor to allow users to generate a function automatically from a small specification. You will further look into comparing this with other approaches to assess its value as a method for importing models in alternative formats (GINsim, SBML).

Project 2 – ref BH/P2

Complex biological networks determine the way that cells behave and respond to their environment and signalling molecules. Our group researches how ion channels may determine cell fate in the development and progression of cancer, and develops computational models to allow us to understand the mechanistic role of membrane proteins in cancer.

In this project you will develop computational models of the regulation of aquaporins in cancer. You will use a combination of data provided by our collaborators and the scientific literature to show how aquaporin regulation varies across different cell types.

If you have any queries, or would like more information, please contact Ben at

 DR SHAMITH SAMARJIWA is advertising for a vacation studentship to undertake an exciting project within his research group (Shamith Samarajiwa Research).

Project 1 – ref SS/P1

Utilising data science and other computational approaches together with large biomedical datasets to understand complex systems involved in genome and epigenome regulation and identify processes and entities that drive cancer formation and progression.

We are looking for 2nd or final year (3rd or 4th) year mathematics, computer science, engineering, physics, or bioinformatics & computational biology students with excellent programming skills (in any of: C/C+, Javascript, Python or R) who would like to be involved in leading-edge cancer research. Machine learning skills advantageous. Knowledge of biology is not required.

If you have any queries, or would like more information, please contact Shamith at


You will be provided with up to £2,160 to support your living costs (£180 per week for up to 12 weeks).

Please include a covering letter and CV, quoting the reference number of the relevant project, and email this to

Closing date for applications:   30 April 2017