Training opportunities with the MRC Centre

The MRC Centre for Transplantation offers a rich environment in which to study at an undergraduate, postgraduate or clinical research level. Undergraduate and Graduate students benefit from a faculty which develops research from basic laboratory discovery science along the translational pathway through to clinical research for patient benefit. Graduate students join a successful cohort within the Centre with opportunities to work across a wide range of research groups. The Centre brings together a wealth of international expertise to mentor and teach in this exciting research area.

The development of King's Health Partners has allowed for even further integration of our basic and clinical research areas which are hugely beneficial to clinical researchers choosing to study at the Centre. The Centre, in its work with the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre has an enviable track record with its clinical research training programmes. Three recent recipients of Clinical Training Fellowships from the BRC have all been successful in securing Fellowships with either the Wellcome Trust or MRC.


The Division is involved in the teaching the Intercalated BSc in Clinical Pharmacology and Translational Medicine . The programme aims to provide students with applied knowledge in translational medicine. Translational Medicine is concerned with the delivery to patients of a scientific discovery for their clinical benefit. It involves a process of translating a basic research finding into a clinically useful entity for diagnosis, prognosis or therapeutics. Students on this programme will actively participate in projects that are at the pre-clinical stage.

Academic staff also contribute to undergraduate modules at various levels across the Faculty of Life Sciences, including the following;

-5BBB0206 Tissue Pathology
-6BBYS301 Surgical Sciences
-6BBYS302 Data Collection & Analysis Projects in Surgical Sciences
-6BBY0305 Principles of Translational Medicine
-6BBYI306 Cell and Molecular Immunology


Frontiers in Transplantation: Clinical Excellence through Innovation

Organised by Professors Anthony Dorling and Giovanna Lombardi, this two-day course will cover recent developments in basic transplantation immunology alongside the latest cutting-edge clinical research, with an emphasis on the bench-to-bedside strategies being pursued within the MRC Centre for Transplantation and King's College London.The course runs annually in the autumn term and this year will take place on 1st & 2nd September; further details and registration can be found on the KCL Short Courses webpage. For further information please email

MRes/PhD studentships
The Centre has eight 4-year PhD studentships running until 2017. Students are aligned to the King's Bioscience Institute's (KBI's) PhD programme and undertake an MRes in the first year of the programme with three rotational projects, providing the opportunity to develop key research skills before embarking on their three-year PhD project. Applications for this programme are now closed.
Studying at the MRC Centre for Transplantation

The Centre's first group of graduate students started in 2008 and have experienced an outstanding, comprehensive training environment.

Our students have achieved great success since joining the Centre and have presented at international conferences as well as publishing in international journals (Nature Immunology 2010 (11), 862-U123; Plos ONE 2011 (6), 1).

Here's what some of our students say...

"The supervision and facilities here are brilliant" - Adam Laing, studying with Professors Paul Sharpe and Giovanna Lombardi.

"It has been exciting to follow lectures from world leading scientists, including Abul Abbas, Martin Birchall and Anne O'Garra that I believe not every institution has the pleasure to host" - John Cardone, working with Dr Claudia Kemper and Professor Steven Sacks.

The first year of post-graduate work can be particularly challenging for any student, but this can bring surprising results, as Ehsan Sharif-Paghaleh discovered:

"experiments were not always successful. However, this helped me improve my problem solving skills. My project is multidisciplinary and ranges from molecular biology to immunology, transplantation and imaging. This has given me a great opportunity to improve my skills in various fields of science".