Funding: Funded PhD Project (UK/EU/International students)

Project code: PHBM4841020

Department: School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Start dates: October 2020

Closing date: 23 February 2020

Applications are invited for a fully-funded 3-year PhD to commence in October 2020.

The Project

The PhD will be based in the Faculty of Science and Health and will be supervised by Dr Aikaterini Lalatsa, Prof Arthur Butt and Dr Andrea Bucchi.

This PhD studentship is one of six PhD studentships funded by the University of Portsmouth in the area of biomaterials and bioengineering.  These studentships  will support the University’s strategic plan engaging with clinicians working in Portsmouth Hospital Trust to solve real-life medical problems. The successful applicants would be part of a cross-faculty research cluster in medical technologies.

This programme of research involves several Schools based in the Faculty of Science and Health and the Faculty of Technology.  The vision of the cluster is to train a cohort of PhD students who contribute to the academic environment, some of whom would be expected to develop academic careers in this expanding area whilst others would be employed in the growing international medical technologies industry.

Training would be enhanced by extended visits to other institutions involved in similar research and by visits to hospitals to meet with clinicians involved in the research projects.

The scholarship covers tuition fees and an annual maintenance grant of £15,009 (UKRI 2019/20 rate) for three years.  Scholarship recipients will also receive up to £3,000 for research project cost/consumables during the duration of the programme.

The work on this project will involve:

  • Continuous microfluidic fabrication of nano-in-micro loaded formulations optimised for targeted nose-to-brain delivery.
  • Develop mathematical models for the continuous fabrication of nano-in-micro formulations and flow of nanoparticulate formulations within microfluidic organ-on-chips.
  • Design and manufacture organs-on-chips models for the nasal epithelial cells and 3D blood-brain barrier validating the permeability of known transport markers and assessing the permeability of brain therapeutics and nanomedicines.

Entry requirements

General admissions criteria

You will need a good first degree from an internationally recognised university (minimum upper second class or equivalent, depending on your chosen course) or a Master’s degree in biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, materials science, nanotechnology, pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences. In exceptional cases, we may consider equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Specific candidate requirements

The successful applicant will be a talented researcher with an enthusiasm for biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, biomaterials, materials science, nanotechnology, pharmacy/pharmaceutics

Find out more about the project, the Supervisors and how to apply

Funding Information

Funding applies to:

Fully funded (UK/EU/International students)

Application Deadline:

23 February 2020

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