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Queen’s University Belfast Health Sciences PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships

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  Diet mediated metabolic-inflammation – mechanistic insights
  Prof H Roche, Dr Q Su
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Metabolic-inflammation is a critical process that underpins obesity related disease including diabetes and cancer biology.
  Emerging Infectious Diseases – Surveillance and Biosecurity
  Dr N Marks, Dr P McVeigh
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. A continued increase in both the geographical range of existing pathogens and the transmission of novel pathogens into the human population poses a challenge for the effective control of emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) and biosecurity.
  Enhancing young people’s cooking and food skills to investigate impact on food engagement, knowledge, skill confidence and diet quality
  Prof M Dean, Prof C Elliott
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. The possession and application of cooking and food skills have numerous health benefits including a greater diet quality, weight control and even longevity of life.
  Exposing drivers for parasite growth and virulence at the single cell level
  Prof A Maule, Dr P McVeigh, Dr N Marks
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Parasites infect one third of the human population, causing staggering levels of morbidity. They also blight food production systems by undermining plant and animal health globally.
  Flavonoid metabolism and cardiometabolic health
  Prof A Cassidy, Prof J Woodside
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Nutrition and reduction in risk of ill-health is currently centre stage globally, and the recent launch of the EAT-Lancet report showcased that food represents one of the greatest health and environmental challenges of the 21st century and highlighted the urgent need to focus on a high plant food diet.
  Genome scale evolution of biofilm contained Klebsiella pneumoniae in response to sub-lethal antibacterial stress exposure - development of novel biomarkers for near-patient testing
  Prof S Fanning, Prof B Gilmore
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Klebsiella pneumoniae is an opportunistic pathogenic bacterium found in several niches, being often encountered in a biofilm.
  How does Clostridium difficile control the gut microbiome? Molecular dissection of nutrient control strategies
  Prof G McMullan, Dr B Graham, Prof J Mcgrath
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Clostridium difficile is a Gram positive, spore forming, anaerobic bacterium that is the main cause of hospital-acquired and antibiotic-associated diarrhoea.
  Investigating how the levels of queuine, a novel micronutrient, are associated with human ageing and brain health
  Dr B Green, Prof G Hardiman
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Queuine is the only micronutrient that directly affects translation efficiency and accuracy in eukaryotes, with roles in metabolism and healthy-aging of the brain.
  Investigation and exploration of health and therapeutic benefits of plant-derived secondary metabolites
  Dr C Situ, Prof J Bengoechea
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Plants and their products have revolutionarily shaped human development throughout history. The traditional plant-based medicine continues to play an essential role in the treatment of disease and in healthcare systems in many parts the world.
  Low-cost and rapid paper-based microfluidics for the detection of irradiated foods
  Dr C Cao, Prof C Elliott
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Irradiations have been exploited as a preservation technique to eliminate indigenous microflora, thereby extending shelf-life of foods.
  Mast cell dysregulation? Understanding the development of mastocytosis
  Dr C Graham, Dr B Graham, Prof C Creevey
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Mastocytosis is a myeloproliferative disease characterised by the accumulation of neoplastic mast cells in one or several organs that can result in organ failure.
  MicroRNAs in the Pathogenesis Adverse Cardiomyocyte and Endothelial Cell Remodelling in Insulin Resistance
  Dr Q Su, Dr D Grieve
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Lipogenic diets-induced diabetes increases risk of cardiac stress and vascular dysfunction. Recent studies have established the pivotal role of non-coding microRNAs in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease (CVD).
  SAFENUT: Cold plasma as an Intervention technology to ensure a safe and nutritious groundnut supply
  Prof P Bourke, Prof C Elliott, Prof B Gilmore
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L., Peanut) is an important oilseed and food crop, playing a significant role in global food and nutrition security as a source of non-animal protein.
  Schistosome blood flukes and bacteria: How pathogens interact with other pathogens, and the host
  Dr G Gobert, Dr J Megaw
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Parasitic schistosome flukes reside in the blood stream of the host, causing significant chronic disease in hundreds of millions of people in tropical and sub-tropical countries.
  Systems analysis of the impact of microplastics in the marine environment
  Prof G Hardiman, Dr B Green
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. One Health is an emerging paradigm that recognizes that the health and well-being of humans, animals and ecosystems are interconnected.
  Targeting yeast epigenetics to combat anti-fungal resistance
  Dr E Hyland, Dr C Law
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. One consequence of climate change is the increased incidence of fungal disease, as global temperatures become more aligned with optimal fungal growth conditions.
  The rice paddy microbiome and its impact on plant mineral nutrition
  Dr C Meharg, Prof A Meharg
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Rice is an important cereal crop.
  The role of epigenetic mechanisms in the control of post-stress recovery of cancer cells
  Dr K Panov, Dr S McDade, Dr B Graham
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. In recent years, it has become apparent that epigenetic mechanisms play an important role in the cellular response to stress; however, exact mechanisms involved are still poorly understood despite continued efforts.
  Using data analytics to identify best practices across the food supply chain that drive nutrition quality
  Dr D McCarthy, Dr A Nugent, Dr J Sousa
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Project details. Approaching nutrition quality from an analytics perspective stands to help us understand and predict the impact of food production practices on human and planetary health.
  A randomised pilot study of a theory-based intervention to improve appropriate polypharmacy in older people in primary care (PolyPrime)
  Prof C Hughes, Dr H Barry
Applications accepted all year round

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Historically, polypharmacy was viewed negatively (too many medicines), but the advent of multimorbidity and the plethora of treatment guidelines have led to prescribing of multiple medicines, particularly in the older population.
  Clinical application of machine learning algorithms to determine appropriate antibiotic use in children with Gram-negative bacteria infections
  Dr Y Hsia, Prof C Hughes
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Digital health is a growing and productive field in recent years. The application of machine learning (ML) techniques in electronic healthcare databases has been successfully used for clinical diagnosis, outcome prediction, and disease progression.
  Computational prospecting of bacteriophage genomes and prophages for biotechnologically and pharmaceutically relevant enzymes
  Dr T Skvortsov
Applications accepted all year round

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The number of bacteriophage genomes available in public databases keeps growing, but the problem of accurate prediction of functions of bacteriophage genes remains far from being solved.
  Design and realisation of nanomedicine using computer simulation and smart nanofracturing method
  Dr Y Tian
Applications accepted all year round

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Nanomedicine is the application of nanotechnology in healthcare sector, for the diagnosis, monitoring, prevention and treatment of many unmet clinical conditions.
  Enhancing intracellular delivery of antibiotics using cold atmospheric plasma
  Dr P Flynn, Prof B Gilmore
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Atmospheric pressure non-thermal plasma or simply cold plasmas is a partially ionized gas generated at atmospheric pressure, at temperatures suitable for treatment of heat sensitive surfaces such as skin.
  Enhancing Macrophage-Biofilm Interaction using Non-Thermal Plasma
  Prof B Gilmore, Dr P Flynn
Applications accepted all year round

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The ability to generate plasmas (quasi-neutral, wholly or partially ionised gases) at ambient or tissue tolerable temperatures has given rise to the nascent field of plasma medicine.
  LONG-ACTING MICRONEEDLE DELIVERY SYSTEMS
  Dr R Donnelly
Applications accepted all year round

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Microneedle arrays are minimally-invasive devices that painlessly, and without drawing blood, penetrate the skin’s stratum corneum barrier.
  Microfabricated Engineered Systems for Sustained Ocular Drug Delivery
  Dr R Thakur, Dr D Lamprou
Applications accepted all year round

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Retinal diseases that originate at the back of the eye, such as Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Diabetic Macular Edema (DME), represent the leading causes of vision loss in the Western world.
  Nano-engineered Delivery Systems for the Targeted Delivery of Oncology Drugs for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
  Dr H McCarthy, Dr N Buckley
Applications accepted all year round

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Lung cancer is the most common cancer worldwide accounting for 11.6% of the global burden. The standard of care (SoC) chemotherapy typically involves a ‘cocktail’ of drugs which confer debilitating side-effects, resulting in sub-optimal dosing with a reduced clinical efficacy.
  Nanoparticle delivery of antibiotics for treatment of pulmonary infection
  Dr V Kett, Dr M Tunney
Applications accepted all year round

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In respiratory diseases such as Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and COPD, the lungs are colonized by diverse polymicrobial bacterial communities.
  Novel drug delivery systems for Schizophrenia treatment
  Dr E Larraneta
Applications accepted all year round

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This PhD project aims to develop, characterise and test a new type of implantable device to provide sustained antipsychotic drug delivery for schizophrenia treatment.
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