The Ninewells Cancer Campaign (NCC) - Fraser Fellowships Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) in Precision Cancer Medicine is an exciting new DTP that will expand interdisciplinary cancer research in the School of Medicine at the University of Dundee, focussing on translational research in precision cancer medicine.

This DTP offers opportunities for up to 7 students to join our cancer research community as part of a flagship programme in the School of Medicine. Based at Ninewells Hospital and Medical School Campus, students will be embedded in vibrant multidisciplinary research teams with a mix of cancer clinicians and scientists. Excellent research training opportunities are provided, including DTP specific training events, and more general training and educational activities in the school and university available as part of our Doctoral Academy.

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Research themes

Precision medicine is a central research theme in the School including in cancer with activity across a number of tumour types, particularly oesophageal, gastric, skin, colon, brain and breast.

Current research involves a broad range of clinical and scientific academic disciplines including:

  • applied mathematics
  • medical oncology
  • pharmacology
  • gastroenterology
  • surgery
  • pathology
  • molecular and cell biology
  • radiology
  • computer science
  • proteomics
  • genomics and informatics

Our interdisciplinary cancer research expertise comprises clinical trials, experimental medicine, and laboratory based research.

The DTP provides research funding, stipend or salary, university fees and a travel allowance for 3-4 years, and is open to scientifically qualified applicants and also clinicians who wish to undertake research training.


Projects are interdisciplinary translational cancer research focussed on the clinical application of precision medicine and all involve joint supervision between clinical and non-clinical co supervisors. DTP Projects are listed below:

Tackling drug resistance – a role for precision medicine in ovarian cancer
Supervisors:Dr Gillian Smith, Dr Michelle Ferguson

Nrf2 in the microenvironment of glioma
Supervisors:Professor Albena T. Dinkova-Kostova, Dr Hannah Lord

Targeted anti-cancer therapy with CDK4/6 inhibitors
Supervisors:Dr Adrian Saurin, Professor Russell Petty

Development of a liquid biopsy assay to assist in identifying patients at high risk of colorectal neoplasia in symptomatic patients with elevated faecal haemoglobin concentrations 
Supervisors:Dr Craig Mowat, Dr David Baty

ADOPT 2: Precision drug dosing for cancer patients using simple, home-based pharmacokinetic profiling
Supervisors:Professor Charlotte Proby, Professor Roland Wolf

Dissecting the potential for GSK3 inhibition to improve lymphoma treatment
Supervisors:Professor Calum Sutherland, Dr Sudhir Tauro

Prediction of individual patient survival and GBM tumour characteristics
Supervisors: Professor Douglas Steele, Dr Kismet Ibrahim,Dr Dumitru Trucu

Exploiting the full potential of BACH1 as an anti-metastatic target in lung cancer
Supervisors:Dr Laureano de la Vega, Professor Russell Petty

Identifying ion channels as potential targets in personalised colon cancer therapy and biomarkers of prognosis
Supervisors:Professor Tim Hales, Dr Mairi McLean

Studentship Funding

Non-clinical studentships are funded 4 years and clinical for 3 years full time.

Funding includes:

  • tuition fees, including overseas student fees if required
  • all research consumables stipend at RCUK rates or clinical research fellow salary as appropriate
  • and an allowance for congress travel


Must possess or be expected to possess by the time of starting the PhD, at least one of the following:

  • First class, or upper second class honours degree in a relevant scientific discipline, or equivalent
  • Postgraduate Masters degree in a relevant scientific discipline, or equivalent
  • Primary medical Qualification MB ChB or equivalent

English language requirements

  •  IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5  (Reading 5.5, Listening 5.5, Speaking 5.5 Writing 6.0)

How to apply

This programme is now closed to applications. Further opportunities will be posted here when available.


If you have further questions, please email and a member of the team will help with your enquiry.