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Prospective Students

The goal of the NIH Oxford-Cambridge (OxCam) Scholars Program is to create, foster, and advance unique and collaborative research opportunities between NIH laboratories and laboratories at the University of Oxford or the University of Cambridge. Each OxCam Scholar develops a collaborative research project that will constitute his/her doctoral training. Each Scholar also select two mentors – one at the NIH and one in the UK – who work together to guide the Scholar throughout the research endeavor.

Students may select from two categories of projects: Self-designed or Prearranged. OxCam Scholars may create a self-designed project, which enables students to develop a collaborative project tailored to his/her specific scientific interests by selecting one NIH mentor and one UK mentor with expertise in the desired research area(s). Alternatively, students may select a prearranged project provided by NIH and/or UK Investigator(s) willing to mentor an OxCam Scholar in their lab.

Self-designed Projects: Students may create a novel (or de novo) project based on their unique research interests. Students have the freedom to contact any PI at NIH or at Oxford or Cambridge to build a collaboration from scratch. The NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP) represents a community of approximately 1,200 tenured and tenure-track investigators providing a wealth of opportunity to explore a wide variety of research interests. Students may visit https://irp.nih.gov to identify NIH PIs performing research in the area of interest. For additional tips on choosing a mentor, please visit our Training Plan.

Prearranged Projects: Investigators at NIH or at Oxford or Cambridge have voluntarily offered collaborative project ideas for NIH OxCam Scholars. These projects are provided below and categorized by research area, NIH Institute/Center, and University. In some cases, a full collaboration with two mentors is already in place. In other instances, only one PI is identified, which allows the student to select a second mentor to complete the collaboration. Please note that prearranged project offerings are continuously updated throughout the year and are subject to change.

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Stem Cell Biology
Project:

Identifying genes involved in stem cell fate specification

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Institute or Center:
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
NIH Mentor:

Dr. Guang Hu

UK Mentor:
N/A
University:
N/A
Project Details:

Pluripotent stem cells, such as embryonic stem cells (ESCs), can be used as a model system to study the molecular basis of fate-specification during early mammalian development. They can also be used to derive various types of cells for disease modeling, drug discovery, regenerative medicine, and environmental health sciences. To fully realize these potentials of pluripotent stem cells, it is important to understand the molecular mechanisms that regulate the pluripotent state. We have previously carried out a genome-wide RNAi screen in mouse ESCs and identified a list of novel factors that are important for pluripotency maintenance. Among them, we are currently investigating the function of the Ccr4-Not mRNA deadenylase complex and the INO80 chromatin remodeling complex in ESCs, somatic cell reprogramming, and mouse development using biochemical, genetic, genomic and single cell analysis approaches. In addition, we are developing new genetic and genomic methods to identify and probe genes involved in stem cell fate specification. We are applying these methods in pluripotent and germline stem cells to better understand the maintenance, transition, resolution, and re-establishment of the pluripotent state.

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Category:
Stem Cell Biology
Project:

Elucidating fetal haematopoiesis in mouse and human

Project Listed Date:
Institute or Center:
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
NIH Mentor:

Dr. Stefan Muljo

UK Mentor:

Prof. Anindita Roy

University:
Oxford
Project Details:

Hematopoiesis is a finely tuned process by which mature blood cells of multiple lineages are constantly generated throughout life from hematopoietic stem cells. In humans, definitive hematopoiesis commences in the fetal liver (FL) at around five weeks of gestation, and remains the main site of hematopoiesis throughout fetal life. Hematopoiesis in the bone marrow (BM) starts around 11-12 weeks of gestation, but does not take over as the primary site of hematopoiesis until just after birth. Recent evidence suggests that fetal hematopoiesis is distinct from postnatal hematopoiesis in many ways. Most of these studies have been done on mouse models, but whether these differences exist in, or are a true reflection of hematopoiesis in the human setting, remains to be determined. We, and others have begun to investigate unique features of human fetal hematopoiesis and this project will determine fetal specific programmes that change through ontogeny. This may depend on the physiological processes or demands of that particular developmental stage, and/or in response to specific microenvironmental cues. This research is clinically relevant since the transplantation of hematopoietic stem cells from donors of different ages vary in their regenerative and differentiation potential. Studying hematopoiesis throughout the human lifespan may be important not only to understand normal developmental processes, but also to understand the pathogenesis of postnatal haematological diseases that may have their origins in fetal life. Research by the Roy laboratory particularly focuses on properties of fetal cells that contribute to leukemia initiation in utero and how these might change after birth, and we have recently developed a unique infant acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) model. We are particularly interested in ‘oncofetal’ genes that might define the biology of infant and childhood leukemias; and whether they can be manipulated for therapeutic interventions.

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Category:
Stem Cell Biology
Project:

Translation research on degenerative eye diseases using induced pluripotent stem cells.

Project Listed Date:
Institute or Center:
National Eye Institute (NEI)
NIH Mentor:

Dr. Kapil Bharti

UK Mentor:
N/A
University:
N/A
Project Details:
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