News Archive

3 Mar 2015

The EASTBIO PIPS Q&A event was held at the University of Dundee on 20 February 2015. The day featured talks by PIPS administrator, Dr Caroline Pope and representatives from the University of Dundee Careers Office, Lynsay Pickering and Ben Carter, followed by a discussion with EASTBIO students and Dundee-based academics.

Click on the images below for the PIPS session slides:


12 Feb 2015

The EASTBIO Newsletter Winter 2015 is out, with news from our students and updates on PIPs, training and the Annual Symposium.

To browse, click on the image below:

9 Feb 2015

The events below are of potential interest to our students within the Bioenergy and Industrial Biotechnology priority area:

A. Innovation Forum together with Excellence with Impact organised an event on Leadership and Entrepreneurship in the Biotech Industry. The event is open to all postgraduates in the School of Biological Sciences and Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh.

Date: Monday 16 February 2015, 2pm.
Location: Waddington Building, King’s Buildings, Seminar room 1.08

To register, contact  as spaces are limited.

B. Manchester Life Sciences interdisciplinary conference

The University of Manchester postgraduate society will be hosting its
annual ‘Life Sciences’ PhD conference on 8th May 2015.

14 Jan 2015

EASTBIO is delighted to announce its annual Research Training, which will be structured this academic term around four face-to-face meetings per thematic cohort.

From the first meeting of the Bioenergy & Industrial Biotechnology first year cohort (25 November 2014, Dundee)

The training represents an opportunity for first-year PhD students to meet supervisors and invited speakers, discuss key issues in their field, develop critical reading skills and follow up with specially designed events and activities. Each theme and session is organised by individual leaders who decide on the content and structure in consultation with volunteer students. These meetings are mandatory for first year EASTBIO students.

For further information and updates on the programme for each of the four key themes, click here.

13 Jan 2015

Sesha Venkateswaran, third-year EASTBIO student has found himself on the spotlight, both at the University of Edinburgh and the national broadcaster. This was following publication of research on how to cut infection risk with new coatings for surgical devices.

Many congratulations to Sesha for their publication and impact, with all best for more research outcomes!


18 Nov 2014

The EASTBIO Annual Symposium will be held in Edinburgh on Monday 15 - Tuesday 16 June 2015. The Symposium will take place at the John McIntyre Conference Centre, University of Edinburgh and will focus on the industrial impact of bioscience research.

Further details on the 2-day, student-led event will be advertised on our website.

EASTBIO Symposium 2014 (Dundee): Group photo of our students and supervisors (cohorts 1&2)

18 Nov 2014

If you are looking for a PhD project in bioscience, EASTBIO is currently inviting applications on the basis of projects across our four partner institutions. Check out all our available projects and follow the application step-by-step guidance here.

7 Oct 2014

During a visit to the University of Edinburgh on Friday 3rd of October, Business Secretary Vince Cable announced £125M of Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) funding over five years to support the training and development of PhD students in Bioscience.

The funding will train students in world-class bioscience to boost the economy by building on UK strengths in agriculture, food, industrial biotechnology, bioenergy and health.

A £7.5 million investment from BBSRC into EASTBIO DTP will be matched by £7 million funding committed by the EASTBIO partner Universities.

During the visit, Dr Cable visited the labs at the Roslin Institute and discussed bioscience research with BBSRC-funded students and supervisors from the School of Biological Sciences and the Roslin Institute. Dr Cable also met with the EASTBIO Management Group and discussed training of bioscience students.

16 Sep 2014

A warm welcome to our 2014 cohort of PhD students

The EASTBIO Doctoral Training Partnership welcomed its new intake of PhD students and their supervisors at the Induction Day , held in Dundee (West Park Conference Centre) on Tuesday 21 October 2014. Tell us what you thought by filling in the short, anonymous questionnaire here.

See the Induction schedule herePresentation slides soon to be uploaded to our website.

For further questions, please email EASTBIO.

2 Sep 2014

 The 2014 EASTBIO Symposium was held in Dundee on the 28th and 29th of August with robust participation by our students and supervisors.

Leave your (anonymous) feedback here.

Congratulations to our two winners for best student presentation:

  • first-year student Sybille Ursula Mittmann for her poster presentation on "The control of meiosis and recombination in barley"
  • second-year student Magali Sivakumaran on "Out with the old, in with the new: Novelty judgements as a translational tool to assess healthy ageing", done in PechaKucha format


Thanks to our Organising Committee and host institution colleagues for their hard work in the last few months and to our EASTBIO supervisors for attending the Symposium and for their engagement with the students' work.

29 Jul 2014

Our redesigned website was launched in early July 2014. It has a new layout and enhanced interactivity enabling communication across the partnership.

EASTBIO students and supervisors have access to restricted pages, as well as some editing rights. For information on how to get access, post comments, etc., please click here (for EASTBIO students and supervisors ONLY).

29 Jul 2014

We are happy to announce that the EASTBIO Induction Day 2014 will be held on Tuesday 21st of October and kindly hosted by the University of Dundee.

More information and details about the programme will be posted here soon.

1 May 2014

 Our Summer 2014 Newsletter is now available. To view, click on the image below:

1 May 2014

Booking is now open for two bioinformatics short courses in Edinburgh this June.

R/Bioconductor and Unix * 10th-12th June * 10:00-17:00 *
Course Leader: Dr Simon Tomlinson
Booking Link:

This course focuses on the analysis of gene expression data from microarray and high-throughput sequencing platforms, using R, Bioconductor and Unix: data analysis approaches, principles and common pitfalls; an introduction to R, Bioconductor and other resources for data analysis; analysis of microarray gene expression data and of next-generation sequencing data (RNA-seq). Day 3 is an optional session for attendees to drop in and work through problems with support from Simon.

Introduction to Python * 23rd-27th June * 09:00-17:00*
Course Leader: Dr Martin Jones
Booking Link:

1 May 2014

Launched on 31 January 2013, the EASTBIO Basic Bioscience underpinning Health (Ageing) priority area begun its 12 weeks-long online Research Training on 28 February 2014.

For the course schedule, click here. For the course outline, click here.

Email us your feedback at

1 May 2014

The programme for the EASTBIO Annual Symposium is viewable here. For the summaries of the talks scheduled, click here.

If you are an EASTBIO student, sign up here.

If you are an EASTBIO supervisor, sign up here.

Final deadline for signing up is Wednesday 21 August at 17:00.

Practical information about the Symposium can be found here.

Our warmest thanks to Anuj, Becky, Magali, Matt and Vrushali (cohort 2012 student representatives) for their brilliant ideas and the considerable time they've put into organising the symposium.

1 May 2014

Would you like to study for a PhD at one of the UK's most prestigious universities, located on the beautiful east coast of Scotland? Would you like to be part of a collaborative network of bioscience students and supervisors working together on cutting edge research of global importance? Would you like to experience enhanced development opportunities in new technologies and techniques, public engagement and industrial impact?

Prospective students for the 2013 cohort of BBSRC-funded EASTBIO Doctoral Training Partnership studentships can now see all potential projects listed on our Available Projects page. EASTBIO will offer a minimum of 34 fully-funded studentships to start in autumn 2013. Our application deadline is 18th January 2013.

Around 50% of our studentships focus on areas of current strategic importance to UK Bioscience. Please learn more about these areas, and our projects by clicking on headings below:

  • Bioenergy and Industrial Biotechnology
  • Food Security
  • Basic Biosciences Underpinning Health (Ageing)

The remaining 50% of studentships will be awarded in:

16 Apr 2014

The theme for our Annual Research Symposium (University of Dundee, 28-29 August 2014) is Bioscience Research for the Future. Register via this link.

Confirmed speakers include Regius Professor of Life Sciences Mike Ferguson (University of Dundee) and Professor Keith Lindsey (University of Durham). The 2013 cohort will present posters and the 2012 cohort students will give a short talk about their research. There will also be a chance for students to workshop their plans for the PIPS. The symposium dinner and ceilidh will be held on Thursday 28th August. All students and supervisors are encouraged to attend.

The programme will be advertised here shortly.

Information for our students, below:
Poster session (first year students only)
Presentations (second year students only)

8 Apr 2014

Our Spring 2014 Newsletter is now available. Click here to view.

3 Apr 2014

Registration is now open to EASTBIO students and supervisors for our Annual Research Symposium (University of Dundee, Dalhousie Building, 28-29 August 2014).

The Symposium, addressed by Regius Professor of Life Sciences Mike Ferguson (University of Dundee), will feature presentations by our second-year students and poster presentations by first-year students, as well as talks by invited speakers for each of the four priority areas. The afternoon of the 29th features a workshop on the EASTBIO PIPS, with informal talks by students who have already done their placements.


Professor Mike Ferguson