About the Project
This project proposes the use of an AI-assisted digital pathology platform to analyse tumour biopsies taken from patients diagnosed with breast cancer, so that we can quantify key clinical biomarkers that have been shown to affect a patients’ response to preoperative chemotherapy. This will help us to predict preoperative chemotherapy response before treatment starts, and therefore develop a personalised, tailored treatment regimen to improve patient outcomes.
Key objectives in this programme of research are:
1. The development of an AI-assisted digital pathology platform for high-throughput automated whole slide image analysis using state-of-the-art computer vision techniques.
2. The identification and quantification of relevant clinical biomarkers from the pre-treatment tumour core biopsy using additional AI-based computer vision algorithms.
3. The development of a machine learning based predictive model of preoperative chemotherapy response that can be applied before treatment starts.
The Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI) is a dynamic interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to addressing industrial problems through the application of fundamental science and engineering. For information about MERI please visit https://www.shu.ac.uk/research/specialisms/materials-and-engineering-research-institute
Application deadline: applicants accepted all year round with enrolments during September, February (January on website) and May
Duration: 4 years full time, 7 years part time.
For information about how to apply, entry requirements, tuition fees and other costs please visit https://www.shu.ac.uk/research/specialisms/materials-and-engineering-research-institute/research-degrees
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