MRC Centre for Medical Mycology

The centre's vision

The MRC Centre for Medical Mycology's overarching vision is to facilitate innovative and world-leading multidisciplinary research that will substantially advance our understanding of fungal pathogenesis and host immunity, enabling the generation and utilisation of knowledge that will improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of fungal diseases in the future.

It generates knowledge that has the potential to improve the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of fungal diseases, an area of infectious disease that has enormous impact on human health.

Fungal infections have an enormous impact on morbidity and mortality, yet their influence on human health is not widely appreciated. These infections remain understudied, compared to other infectious diseases, and there is a pressing need for more research in this field to improve patient outcomes.

Three priority areas require our urgent attention:

1. The need for robust, rapid, simple and cheaper diagnostics;
2. The need for safer and more effective antifungal drugs; and
3. The need for better understanding of fungal virulence and host antifungal immunity.

The lack of capacity in basic and clinical mycology is a major contributing factor to the slow progress in tackling these challenges. The Centre will help meet this strategic need by facilitating pioneering cross disciplinary research addressing the priority areas, and by increasing UK capacity for basic and clinical research for the future.

The Medical Research Council is providing funding for this Centre for Medical Mycology at the University of Exeter.

For general enquiries, please email: MRCCMM@exeter.ac.uk

Name  Role
Professor Gordon Brown Centre Director
Professor Al Brown Deputy Director (training)
Professor Adilia Warris Deputy Director (clinical)
Professor Neil Gow Deputy Director (research)
Dr Alex Brand Principle Investigator
Dr Carolina Coelho Principle Investigator
Dr Rhys Farrer Principle Investigator
Dr Duncan Wilson Principle Investigator
Professor Christopher Thornton Principle Investigator
Dr Mark Ramsdale Principle Investigator
Dr Steven Bates Principle Investigator
Dr Elena Shekhova Early Career Research Fellow
Dr Roberta Peres Da Silva Early Career Research Fellow
Dr Alberto Muñoz Centre Manager
Sara Honey Lab Manager

Opportunities at the centre

We offer five funded places for the MRes in Medical Mycology, funded by the Medical Research Council in partnership with the University of Exeter. These four-year studentships start with the 1-year Master of Research (MRes) degree that provides a solid theoretical and practical foundation in fungal infectious disease. On successful completion of the MRes, students may progress to their 3-year PhD, choosing their cross-disciplinary PhD project from a broad selection of peer-reviewed proposals.

Funding includes a tax-free stipend, tuition fees and research costs are covered for the four years of the programme. Funding is available to UK/EU candidates only. However, self-funded international students with the appropriate qualifications are welcome to apply for entry to our 1-year MRes course.

Funded students will also receive additional research skills training, personal and career development opportunities, funding for travel to conferences and workshops, and support from mentors who provide independent career advice. Successful applicants will benefit from our vibrant, friendly and collegiate atmosphere, and the interdisciplinary nature of the world-leading science being performed in our Centre.

Applicants will be required to attend an interview (which may be by Skype, telephone or video link).

» Find out more and apply

The MRC CMM is seeking applications from outstanding medical and dental graduates with an interest and aptitude for developing a career in clinical academia. Our bespoke 1-year fully funded Medical Mycology Clinical Academic Fellowships provide talented clinicians with an exciting and unrivalled opportunity for protected time to develop academic skills and gain research experience in a world-class centre of excellence for studying fungal infectious diseases.

The Fellows will be registered full time on a postgraduate MRes in Medical Mycology which is underpinned by structured taught courses to provide an extensive knowledge and skill-base in fungal infectious diseases, followed by a 24-week cross-disciplinary research project. Fellows will be strongly encouraged and supported to develop their pilot data into an application for a highly prestigious and competitive externally funded Clinical Research Training Fellowship.

We aim to appoint two Medical Mycology Clinical Academic Fellows with successful completion recognised by the award of a MRes degree in Medical Mycology and Fungal Immunology. Fellows will be assigned a mentor to provide independent support and advice during the fellowship. Additional research and transferable skills training will be provided.

Candidates must have completed the foundation programme with a minimum of 24 months postgraduate clinical experience (successful completion of UK Medical or Dental Foundation Year 1 and 2 competencies) and be fully registered with the GMC or GDC at the time of appointment. We anticipate some candidates will have commenced specialty training (with a National Training Number) and are willing to consider applicants up to 1 year away from award of their Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT), we are unable to consider those in their final year.

Applications opening soon

The MRC CMM has two scholarships available to be held over summer 2020. The successful candidates will be offered a choice of research projects and will spend 8 weeks working in a leading national or international institution. All offered projects will allow the student to be involved in laboratory research, thus providing a great opportunity to gain laboratory research skills as well as exposure to study design and results interpretation. No prior expertise is necessary!

This is a unique opportunity and will have a transformational effect on one’s career as a clinician scientist. Medical students (irrespective of holding a BSc or MSc and/or intercalating) who have a free 8 weeks over the summer period and are clearly interested in research, are eligible to apply. The scholarship will cover travel, accommodation and subsistence.

How to apply

To apply, please submit a CV plus a maximum 200-word personal statement, outlining why you think you would be ideal for this opportunity and the value of such a scheme to your future academic career.

Shortlisting and interviews will be conducted within a short time frame.

Please send your application by email to: mrccmm@exeter.ac.uk

 

New website under development

A new website for the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology is currently in development. In the meantime, please contact us if you have any questions about the Centre or our research.