Life Sciences Research for Lifelong Health

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Erasmus+ at the Babraham Institute

The Babraham Institute (BI) is pleased to provide opportunities for students across Europe to work in its research laboratories through the Erasmus + programme promoting knowledge exchange and research opportunities. 
Erasmus+ is an EU programme which aims to boost the skills and emplyability of university students by supporting overseas studies.  The scheme, funded by the European Commission, provides students with real life laboratory experience and the opportunity to train in universities and institutes across Europe.  The Babraham Institute offers a number of projects in the biological sciences.
The Erasmus + programme aims to provide the following:
- A 13 week long professional experience in an European country
- Qualifications and/or professional skills complementing the training acquired in university
- Better opportunities for accessing the world of work.
- Improving the linguistic knowledge.
- Knowledge of other sociocultural realities.
In welcoming a student, BI agrees to:
- Set up  a  training  programme  in  the  professional  area  related  to  the trainee’s university education (not-teaching tasks belonging to a specific project).
- Monitor and supervise the trainee’s progress  throughout  the  placement, based on the work programme.
- Designate a tutor (member of the company) for this purpose.
- Collaborate in the monitoring  of  the  progress  of  the  internship  and  the trainee , provide  the trainee with a certificate of the work placement 
Following the rules of the Erasmus + Programme, the candidates will be selected among the students enrolled in the last year of their graduate studies at one of the partner universities, through a public call based as usually upon competitive and selective criteria.
The selected candidates will have the possibility to carry out their placement before or after the completion of their Master’s Degree.
Placements duration: the training period will have a duration of 6 months and should start between December 2016 and the end of March 2017. All the placements will have to finish by September 30, 2017. The start date can be agreed by the supervisors with the trainees directly after the acceptance.
This year Babraham Institute is currently offering these projects to students (more projects coming soon):
3 projects in Lymphocyte Signalling
4 projects in Signalling
2 projects in Epigenetics
1 project in Nuclear Dynamics

1 project in Public Engagement
1 project in Knowledge Exchange & Commercialisation

The Group Leaders and project titles are as follows:

  1. Rahul Roychoudhuri: Regulation of immune function by the transcription factor BACH2
  2. Patrick Varga-Weisz: How our microbiota ‘talk’ to the intestinal epithelium through affecting chromatin
  3. Jon Houseley The epigenetics of ageing
  4. Nick Ktistakis : Evaluation of small molecule modulators of autophagy
  5. Michael Wakelam: Biological Activity of Autotaxin Turner: Transcriptome regulation by Ptbp1 during T cell activation
  6. Katy Evans-Roberts: Translating Research – Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation *N.B. this is not a lab based project*
  7. Michelle Linterman: What helps the helpers? Understanding T Follicular Helper Cell Differentiation.
  8. Nicolas Le Novѐre: Analysis of epicardium differentiation into vascular tissues by transcriptomics and mathematical modelling
  9. Nicolas Le Novѐre: Transcriptional landscapres of neuronal populations involved in reward mechanisms
  10. Olivia Casanueva: Monitoring inter-individual variability in stress response genes in live C.elegans
  11. Tacita Nye & Louisa Wood: Public Engagement at the Babraham Institute *N.B. this is not a lab based project*

Please noteyou must check with your university before applying to ensure that your institution is a partner university and part of the Erasmus+ programme

If you would like to find out more about the research projects please contact either the group leaders listed above or Tacita Nye (Public Engagement Manager) to find out more about the Erasmus + scheme.  Further details of the Erasmus+ scheme, including eligibility criteria can be found here:

For further details please contact the KEC team