DNA Tumour Virus Research Group


The group uses a multi-disciplinary approach to study important human pathogens from the small DNA tumour virus families. We have made a number of important contributions to the field and the group is held in very high regard within the virology community. We publish in high impact journals and students and post-doctoral fellows from the group have great career opportunities. We are always looking for highly-motivated, skilled individuals to join the group and contribute to our ongoing research.


Fellowship Opportunities.

We are happy to host high achieving individuals who wish to apply for independent funding to join the group. Contact Andrew Macdonald directly (a.macdonald@leeds.ac.uk) to discuss opportunities.


PhD Opportunities.

Who will be my new apprentice?

Who will be my new apprentice?

Reasons to undertake a PhD in the DNA Tumour Virus Group.

1. You will receive training in a superb research environment ranked amongst the best in the UK for Virology and Biological Sciences research.

2. Wide range of facilities for modern molecular and cellular biology available to use.

3. A research subject that focusses on understanding virus-host interactions and the molecular and cellular level but with an emphasis on translating this to disease biology.

4. All of the students in the Macdonald group have published at least one research paper during their PhD and often more. Some of these have caught the attention of the world's media!!

5. A friendly working environment with an emphasis on team building and joint projects/publications.

Several PhD opportunities are available:

March 2018

Opportunity for one PhD studentship in the lab.

An opportunity exists for a talented student to undertake a PhD in the group. Funded by the Faculty of Biological Sciences, the studentship would provide an opportunity to work in the Macdonald studying the role of host ion channels in the HPV life cycle and in HPV-associated cancers.

The title of the project is Re-programming of an oncogenic ion channel by the human papillomavirus

More information can be found at  https://www.findaphd.com/search/projectdetails.aspx?PJID=90952

Informal inquiries should be sent to Dr Andrew Macdonald a.macdonald@leeds.ac.uk. Deadline 12th of March 2018.


MRC, BBSRC and Wellcome Trust funded competition studentships available.

We invite applications for MRC, BBSRC and Wellcome Trust-funded studentship candidates with an outstanding academic record and who show a strong interest in virology and disease biology. Successful candidates will be given training in cutting edge molecular and cellular biology techniques and will have access to the wide range of facilities available within the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology. Interested candidates should contact Andrew Macdonald for more information.


Self-funded students.

We are also looking for motivated international students to join the Macdonald group and work on exciting projects related to human polyomaviruses and papillomaviruses.

International or domestic self-funded or scholarship/fellowship PhD students are welcome in the laboratory.  However, you must have a good command of the English language both written and spoken and be in possession of, or are predicted to get, either an upper second or first class honours degree (or equivalent) from a reputable University!  Most importantly bench fees will be required if you are self-funded so please do not apply unless you have these. Under this scheme you would spend three years in my laboratory.

PhD projects are listed on FindaPhD.com