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Designing better wound dressings that mimic the body

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

Project Description

This project aims to design better wound dressings that can actively promote healing within chronic wounds. This aims to reduce the £2 billion cost to the NHS to treat chronic wounds each year and improve the health of patients suffering with these wounds; a total of 15% of diabetic patients will experience a foot ulcer, which leads patients to face long periods as inpatients and an increase in the likelihood of mortality by up to five times.

This three-year PhD project is between the School of Pharmacy and the School of Medicine. This project builds upon the highly successful high throughput screening programme established at the University of Nottingham to discover novel biomedical materials that can mimic the environment of healthy cells in order to actively instruct cells to promote healing.

The project is multi-disciplinary combining biomedical engineering and materials science with biological and medical sciences. Furthermore, the project will be highly applied and will focus on producing outcomes that can be commercially utilised. Advanced surface analysis techniques such as time of flight secondary ion mass spectrometry and atomic force microscopy will be central to the characterising surface chemistry and the development of the materials generated in this project. At the same time, this project will develop skills in cell culture and characterisation of cell phenotypes using microscopy. This project seeks to make the most of the world leading capabilities and instrumentation available at the University of Nottingham, particularly in the areas of high throughput screening, data analysis and chemical analysis.

Funding Notes

The successful candidate will:
• Receive training for a career as a multidisciplinary biomedical scientist
• Receive a full studentship tax-free (stipend at UK/EU rates) for 3 years
• Work directly with leading academics and industrialists
• Receive a travel and consumable allowance

The position is only available for UK candidates. Candidates must possess or expect to obtain, a 2:1 degree or higher in an engineering or science related discipline. The project is particularly suitable for candidates with a chemistry background who would like to expand to cell biology.

How good is research at University of Nottingham in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 44.10

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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