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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


L. Miguel Martins, one of the best postgraduate supervisor!

12 May 2022

Congratulations, Miguel came out as the second best postgraduate supervisor out of about 400 nominees on the Student-Led Teaching Award. More details about the award and other winners can be found here .

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Congratulations! Gates Trust scholarship for Roberto

22 April 2022

Roberto Campalastri, a PhD student in Ritwick Sawarkar's group, won the prestigious Gates Trust Scholarship . In his future research he will focus on the identification of novel cis-and trans- regulatory elements of human RNA Polymerase III by using artificial intelligence (AI) methods and genomic tools.

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Students Against Pseudoscience

13 April 2022

In a unique approach to celebrating science, Students Against Pseudoscience (CUSAP), including Naomi van den Berg from the MRC Toxicology unit, hosted a special event on tackling the scientific misinformation at the Cambridge Science Festival. More information at .

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Rebeka Popovic wins Poster Prize at MitOX2 2022 8 April

9 April 2022

Congratulations to Rebeka Popovic, a final year PhD student in Miguel Martins's team. She won the Poster Prize at MitOX 2022 on Friday 8th April. The poster focused on exploring PERK signaling mechanisms and both Rebeka and Yizhou were at the meeting showcasing this work. The meeting was organised by The Nuffield...

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Niall holding his BTS prize certificate

Niall Buckley Wins The Oxford University Press Prize for Oral Communication at the BTS Congress 2022

6 April 2022

Scientists from the MRC Toxicology Unit had a successful time at the BTS annual congress in Newcastle sharing their exciting research. Kiran Patil stimulated some interesting discussion with his talk on ‘What Drugs do to our Bugs’ and Alex Fulton’s poster on ‘Exploring the Safety of Antisense Oligonucleotides’ was well...

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Congratulations! New fellowships for our postdoc

6 April 2022

Andres Herrero was awarded by both the EMBO Postdoctoral and the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships. He aims to understand the regulation of human RNA Polymerase III by combining high-throughput sequencing, experimental, and computational approaches.

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We are currently inviting applications for the following positions:


Position Closing Date

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