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BBSRC CASE PhD Studentship in Cellular Medicine - Investigation into the biochemical and biological effects of air pollution on the function of human skin and the intervention of such effects

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Number of awards:


Start date and duration:

1 October 2018 for 4 years.

Application closing date:

Prompt application is advised as this post is only available until suitable candidates are appointed.


Ambient pollution is increasing significantly worldwide and the impact of pollutants on human health including skin is a growing concern. Generation of oxidative stress is implicated as one of the mechanisms by which particulate matter and ozone exert their deleterious effects. The project will investigate the biochemical and biological effects of air pollution on the function of human skin and the intervention of such effects.

The outcomes of the study will be considered in relation to other external stressors such as lifestyle and Solar light. The project will benefit from an experienced supervisory team at Newcastle University and Croda Europe Limited. This project is multi-disciplinary including cellular, molecular biological and physiological techniques, image analysis, cell culture, genetic and chemical analysis, immunostaining and gene expression.


BBSRC and Croda Europe Limited (UK) (

Name of supervisor(s):

The supervisory team will be led by Professor Birch-Machin ( with Newcastle University Academics (Dr Hanson and Professor Christensen) and Croda experts (Dr Chavan).

Eligibility Criteria:

You must have a minimum of an upper-second class Honours degree or International equivalent in an appropriate biomedical sciences related subject area. You may have further research experience and /or a further qualification such as, for example an MRes.

The award is available to UK/EU applicants only. Depending on how you meet the BBSRC’s eligibility criteria, you may be entitled to a full or a partial award.

How to apply:

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please ‘Create a new account’ (

Only mandatory fields need to be completed. However, you will need to include the following information:
•insert the programme code 8300F in the programme of study section
•select ‘PhD in the Faculty of Medical Sciences – Cellular Medicine’ as the programme of study
•insert the studentship code CL106 in the studentship/partnership reference field
•attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote the studentship reference code CL106 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
•attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.


Informal enquiries to lead supervisor:

Professor Mark Birch-Machin (; or tel: 01912085841
Institute of Cellular Medicine ( (Dermatological Sciences)
Medical School
Faculty of Medical Sciences
Newcastle University.

Funding Notes

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,777 (full award). A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

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