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Breast Reconstruction: Design, fabrication and charactrisations of 3D printed breast construct for females with breast cancer after mastectomy.

   Faculty of Engineering and Informatics

  , , Dr Michael Hebda  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in the UK, with over 55,000 new cases every year. Currently about 18,000 mastectomies are performed on the NHS each year in England. That figure has risen by more than 50 percent in the past 10 years.

Many females go under total mastectomy due to late diagnosis. The aim of this PhD project is to use both 3D printing and electrospinning techniques to fabricate and characterise a breast model construct using biomaterials such as polymers. Upon successful fabrication of breast construct, stem cells and other tissues will be used to be added to the construct.

We have great facilities and expertise at the University of Bradford to design this type of construct. This project will be a multidisciplinary project between Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Life Sciences.

Funding Notes

This is a self-funded project; applicants will be expected to pay their own fees or have access to suitable third-party funding, such as the Doctoral Loan from Student Finance. In addition to the university's standard tuition fees, bench fees may also apply to this project.

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