The Animal Free Research UK Summer Studentship & Fellowship schemes have been established to assist undergraduate or recently graduated students in gaining practical animal-replacement research experience by working in a laboratory environment.
Summer Studentships are open to students who have not yet finished their undergraduate degree and are 8 weeks long. However, students must have completed at least two years of study before the start of their studentship. Fellowships are for individuals to undertake shortly after the completion of their undergraduate degree and last 12 weeks. Students and fellows are paid a stipend for the duration of their project.
These short summer projects are a great way to get students to begin their research careers. They also allow students the opportunity to gain a better understanding of how to conduct animal-free research. Former students have found that these short projects influence their career decisions and encourage them to pursue non-animal based research careers. You can read about our 2017 Summer Students and their projects below.
Former student testimonials
How can I apply?
For further information about the grants and how to apply, please head to our ‘for researchers’ pages.
How can I support a Summer Student?
Our work is funded entirely by your generous support. Your donation can help start the careers of promising young students and contribute to developing some of the most advanced and successful human-related techniques in many areas of medical research. Help us help the next generation of scientists start their careers without using animals.
The average cost of a Summer Studentship is £1,940. If you would like to sponsor a Summer Student, please get in touch.
Summer Studentship Projects 2017
Alexander Lanz, at the University of Sheffield, will be developing a cell culture model of osteoarthritis, to replace current experiments on guinea pigs, rats and rabbits.
Rachel Henderson at the University of Glasgow conducted human-relevant research into leukaemia, without harming any mice.
Lauren Richardson from Nottingham Trent University researched Parkinson’s disease using advanced cell culture and proteomics (the study of the proteins of a cell). This will help to replace the use of primates, rats or mice.
Joy Girgis at the University of Hertfordshire used human cell culture to develop novel testing methods in lung disease studies to replace rodent studies.
Using Thiel-embalmed cadavers at the University of Dundee, Emma-Jane Macrae has developed a ‘clot model’ to train doctors in treating stroke and heart diseases, without using pigs.
Shreya Asher will be working at Queen Mary University of London on a skin cell culture model to better understand skin cancer without having to conduct any experiments on mice.
Creation of a 3D gastrointestinal culture model to study the influence of commensal bacterial on gut growth and differentiation
At Sheffield Hallam University, Oana Voloaca will use a novel gut tissue model to investigate the influence of bacteria in gastrointestinal diseases such as crohn’s disease to replace studies in rats.
Taleen Shakouri from the University of Hertfordshire, will be developing a computer model of certain toxicology tests which has the potential to replace many experiments currently conducted on primates and mice. Project sponsored by Raj Saubhag.
A cell culture model will allow Evie Gruszyk at Sheffield Hallam University an opportunity to understand colorectal cancer without the need to use mice.
Using CRISPR-Cas9 to correct mutations in hiPSC from patients with schizophrenia who have mutations in DLG2
Edward Nendick at the University of Edinburgh will be using one of the latest cutting edge, gene editing technologies, CRISPR-Cas9, in cell culture to further our understanding of schizophrenia without using mice.
Using explant cell culture to replace mice studies, Bronte Munro at the University of East Anglia will investigate the causes of atopic dermatitis and psoriasis.
Stephanie Lunt will be working at Queen Mary University of London using patient cancer samples to identify biomarkers in skin cancer (melanoma) to help replace the use of mice.
Joanitta Akpai from the University of Hertfordshire will be working on developing novel biomaterials from pasta to create 3D cell culture models to help to replace the use of rodents in vascular disease and cancer research.
At Imperial College London, Sergi Fayos Villalta will be doing a computational modelling project looking at the development of pressure ulcers and soft tissue damage to replace the use of mice and rats. Project sponsored by Raj Saubhag.
Evaluation of the quantity and quality of RNA extracted from formalin fixed paraffin embedded prostate cancer tissue samples
To replace the use of many animals in prostate cancer research and testing, Diliany Oliveira from the University of Portsmouth will be developing a non-animal based screening tool to detect cancer biomarkers.