PhD Studentships

Philips Institute for Oral Health Research
Commensurate with NIH guidelines
September 08 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Ph.D. Positions Available in Cancer, Infection and Immunity, and Tissue Regeneration Research

Students will be based at the  Philips Institute for Oral Health Research at Virginia Commonwealth University. The Institute has strong NIH funding and links with the NCI designated Massey Cancer Center and the VCU Schools of Dentistry and Medicine.  Research topics for entrants in 2018 include


  • Virally induced carcinogenesis – mechanisms and treatments
  • Pharmacogenomic approaches to treating cancer, designing new therapeutic approaches
  • Bioinformatics – identifying novel diagnostics and predicting new treatments
  • Targeted therapies against abnormal signaling transduction in cancer

Infection and immunity

  • Molecular mechanisms of host pathogen interactions
  • The role of immune and inflammatory pathways in periodontal disease
  • Microbial pathogens in systemic disease

Tissue Regeneration

  • Therapeutic potential of extracellular vesicles in tissue regeneration.

In addition, we are developing multi-disciplinary approaches in the Institute; for example, we are currently investigating the interaction between viruses, bacteria and human epithelium to learn more about how bacteria can influence carcinogenesis and cancer treatment outcomes.  

Selection of your PhD advisor will take place during your first year of study during laboratory rotations.

Applicants should hold a BS degree or equivalent. Prior research experience is an advantage. Well-qualified applicants will receive an offer of financial support which typically includes a stipend commensurate with NIH guidelines and the payment of all applicable tuition and fees on behalf of the student.  More information can be found at

Informal enquiries can be made to

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Applications will be reviewed upon receipt, and interviews organized from December 1st 2017

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