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The Unit currently has PhD studentships available!

Apply now for our PhD programme or for projects within the 4-year Department of Pharmacology – MRC Toxicology Unit – Newnham College PhD Studentship as part of the School of the Biological Sciences Doctoral Training Program (SBS DTP).

Welcome to the MRC Toxicology Unit

The Medical Research Council (MRC) Toxicology Unit is a leading International Research Institute within the School of Biological Sciences, University of Cambridge. The Unit delivers mechanistic toxicology research, pursuing hypothesis-driven toxicological questions with a particular focus on the study of the causal links between exposure to endogenous and exogenous toxicants, molecular initiating events and adverse outcome pathways. The Unit's overall aims are to carry out pioneering research which leads to improved health and to train and mentor the next generation of toxicologists.


Professor Anne Willis is Director of the MRC Toxicology Unit.  Anne was appointed as a member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation in 2015, and in 2017 awarded an OBE for services to biomedical sciences and supporting the careers of women scientists.

     Professor Anne Willis OBE


Dr Ieuan Walker awarded the Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund (KKLF) Junior Fellowship

14 December 2021

Dr Ieuan Walker is currently an academic clinical fellow and haematology registrar but will be joining us to study for a PhD in September 2022. Ieuan will be joining the Chapman group to study RNA binding proteins in Myeloma.

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AAAS Science & Human Rights Coalition: 2021 Student Essay Competition Winner!

9 November 2021

We would like to congratulate PhD student Marco Travaglio for winning this year’s American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS): Science and Human Rights Coalition Student Essay Competition! This competition encourages participants to explore the intersections between human rights and science. Marco's essay...

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Life sciences have key role in developing climate change solutions

26 October 2021

The MRC Toxicology Unit was represented in an EMBL-organised international expert workshop this July, the outcomes of which are discussed in the White Paper "Harnessing molecular biology to accelerate the Green Recovery". Read the full press release here .

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We are currently inviting applications for the following positions:

Position Closing Date
Research Assistant/Research Associate (Fixed Term) 13 Dec 2021

Further details on each vacancy can be found our recruitment page.