The Marfan Trust offers the following studentships for medical students wanting to take on research projects with a focus on Marfan syndrome:

Summer Studentships for Medical Students

Students are welcome to participate in summer training courses held in the Sonalee Laboratory starting in June and ending in September. Here you will learn extremely valuable mutation screening and laboratory skills (exome sequencing). If you are in the middle of your BSc course, can only afford to spare the summer, need to improve or expand your laboratory skills, this training is for you.

Students wishing to apply for a summer training course should email Dr José Antonio Aragon-Martin at [email protected] for more information. 


The Brian Adams Memorial Studentship (3 months)

This award is made in memory of the Marfan Trust’s first chairman. A medical or science student is paid a stipend to cover fund costs and laboratory time for a 6 week to 3 month project regarding the cause and clinical features of Marfan syndrome or overlapping syndrome. This project is based in the Sonalee Laboratory at Imperial College, London.

Students wishing to apply for this studentship should email Dr Anne Child for more information at [email protected]


The Daniel Finkletaub Memorial Prize (3 months)

This annual competition is named after the Marfan Trust’s former Treasurer. The prize is designed to increase the awareness and knowledge of Marfan syndrome in medical students’ training to become doctors and researchers in medicine. The prize will be awarded to the best of our summer studentships, for outstanding project and contribution to research in the Sonalee Laboratory.

Students wishing to apply for this studentship should email Dr Anne Child for more information at [email protected].


Industrial Placement and Industrial Training

BSc Students in their sandwich academic year or graduate students are welcome to spend a year in the Sonalee Laboratory. Here you will learn techniques ranging from Sanger sequencing to mutation analysis, and the latest method to screen Marfan syndrome patients: exome sequencing and analysis of the data.

This one-year training course is held in the Sonalee Laboratory at Imperial College, London. We can host up to 2 students. You will learn extremely valuable skills that will allow you to further your career in research as well as giving you the potential to apply for jobs in diagnostic laboratories in the private sector or the NHS, while becoming involved in, and introduced to, Marfan syndrome.

The training lasts for one year. The industrial placement starts in June, while industrial training starts at different times throughout the year. Please contact Dr José Antonio Aragon-Martin at [email protected] for more information. 


Volunteer Training

Are you a medical student or have an interest in medical research? If yes and you are interested in volunteering your help in the Sonalee Laboratory please email us to find out more about how you can help [email protected].

The Marfan Trust is registered in England and Wales under charity number 328070 at Guy Scadding Building, Dovehouse Street, London SW3 6LY. Contact us at [email protected] or by phone on + 44 (0)20 7594 1605
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