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Developing An Environmentally Friendly Diagnostic Device To Detect Respiratory Disease That Will Also Have A Positive Impact On The carbon footprint Of The Medtech Industry

Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

Dr M Munir Applications accepted all year round Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Get paid to do a PhD with the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation ( at Lancaster University (

A funded PhD linked with Bailrigg R&M Diagnostics Ltd Ref. No: LU-017
• Get paid £1,455 per month tax-free till June 2023.
• Your UK/EU tuition fees are paid (international candidates will need to pay remaining fees).
• Be part of the multi award winning Centre for Global Eco-Innovation ( within a cohort of talented graduates working on exciting business-led research. The Centre was declared “The outstanding knowledge exchange and commercialisation initiative in the UK”.
• This project is based at Lancaster University (, so you will gain your PhD from a Top Ten University, recognised as The Times and Sunday Times University of the Year 2018 and International University of the Year 2020. You will also work alongside colleagues at partner institutions across the North West.
• Finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas.

This project seeks to develop an easy-to-use environmentally friendly diagnostic device to detect very low concentrations of the respiratory viruses including Coronavirus, thus enabling much earlier diagnosis at the point-of care of the patients, without the need for travel. Point of care testing (POCT) will be developed to facilitate localised healthcare monitoring for patients with critical or chronic conditions that require regular measurements from body fluid sources.

Investigation of virology assays to detect the virus using a fluorescence measurement technique will provide an exciting project for a PhD student, with the prospect of developing point-of-care technology that will significantly reduce the current carbon footprint associated with the need for regular and significant distance transportation of patients, either by ambulance or the patients’ own vehicles. This project aims to address this situation through provision of local, or at home POCT which will reduce patient transportation
The successful candidate will ideally have a 2:1 or first degree in biomedicine or biochemistry; a bioinformatics background would help. Prior experience in the development of bioassay for viruses, fluorescence measurement techniques and knowledge of virus pathobiology will also be an advantage.

This PhD will be supervised by Dr Muhammed Munir of the Biomedical and Life Sciences Faculty at Lancaster University, Dr Leonie Unterholzner, Lecturer in Biomedicine at Lancaster University and Dr Mukesh Kumar from Bailrigg R&M Diagnostics Ltd.

Bailrigg R&M Diagnostics Ltd is Based in Lancaster. It works closely with Biomedical and Life Sciences Department at Lancaster University together with pathologists at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust. The start-up focuses on the development of point-of-care blood testing devices to detect multiple viruses using swab/blood samples.

This project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.


Funding Notes

• Get paid £1,455 per month tax-free till June 2023.
• Your UK/EU tuition fees are paid (international candidates will need to pay remaining fees).
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