Programme Director: Dr Susan Jones – Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience (PDN)
The UCam-HHMI programme was launched in 2007 and is an international PhD programme in biomedical research. It is a collaboration between the University of Cambridge and Janelia and is based on an association between two research labs – one in Cambridge and one in Janelia.
The Degree is governed and awarded by the University of Cambridge.
During the four years the students embark on a split PhD spending a minimum of 12 months (usually the first 12 months) at the University of Cambridge and the remaining period at Janelia, a 281-acre research campus in the USA. This must be managed within the University’s normal framework for ‘keeping’ a minimum of three terms (one year) in Cambridge.
Please note that as of 2016, we are no longer recruiting to this programme.
For further information and for any queries, please contact us
The HHMI-Janelia student handbook will be updated shortly for 2015, however the content available is still applicable.
Current Cambridge supervisors and students
Details on Current students can be found on the Janelia website
Professor Andrea Brand – Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience (PDN)
Student: Jack Etheredge
Dr Stephen Edgley – Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience (PDN)
Student: James Phillips
Professor Bill Harris – Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience (PDN)
Student: Yinan Wan
Professor Roger Hardie – Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience (PDN)
Student: Mai Morimoto
Dr Berthold Hedwig – Department of Zoology
Students: Hannah Haberkern and Matthew Isaacson
Professor Ole Paulsen – Department of Physiology Development & Neuroscience
Student: Chongxi Lai
Dr William Schafer – MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
Student: Chris Barnes
Arbora Resulaj – paper 1 and paper 2
Arjun Bharioke – paper 1 and paper 2
Jenny Brown – paper 1 and paper 2
Kelly Seagraves – paper 1
Nick Sofroniew – paper 1 and paper 2
Dylan Rich – paper 1, paper 2, paper 3 and paper 4
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is the time flexible in each place (Cambridge and Janelia)?
Unless otherwise agreed, students will spend their first year (typically 1 October to 30 September) as a resident in Cambridge and spend years 2-4 at Janelia.
Is the 4-year deadline flexible?
No, it is not flexible. The University of Cambridge has strict deadlines and students must submit their thesis within 4 years.
Who would my supervisor be?
You will have a supervisor in Cambridge and one in Janelia. The Cambridge supervisor will be your official PhD supervisor on all University systems, such as CamSIS and is responsible for reporting and for overseeing your progress all 4 years. In practice the Cambridge supervisor will supervisor your work in year 1 and your Janelia Farm supervisor will supervise your work in years 2 to 4.
To what degree do applicants get to choose their supervisors?
Applicants will need to nominate up to 3 supervisors in each location (Janelia and Cambridge) who they would be interested in working with and would be suitable to supervise their project proposal. However, the nominated supervisors are not guaranteed, even if the student is accepted on the programme.
The Janelia supervisor is decided first and they will be involved in identifying an appropriate Cambridge supervisor.
It is a good idea for applicants to make contact with potential Janelia supervisors in advance of submitting their application, to see if they would be able to take a student. Contact with potential Cambridge supervisors is not necessary, even if the student has someone in mind.
As a student will be spending 3 years in the US, they cannot join the programme without a Janelia supervisor.
Are collaborations already set up which students can work on?
Collaborations are worked out after the two supervisors have been allocated. Projects are not necessarily collaborative, sometimes the student does related, but non-collaborative and distinct projects, in each place.
Who are the ‘Programme staff’?
The Programme has 2 Directors: Dr Susan Jones (Cambridge) and Dr Ulrike Heberlein (Janelia). They are supported by the Programme Manager: Dr Maryrose Franko (Janelia).