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Developing low-cost diagnostic tests for use at the point of care

   Pure and Applied Chemistry

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  Dr D Corrigan, Dr Ying Fu  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Electrochemical biosensors have great potential for development into low-cost and distributed diagnostic testing technologies. The eventual roll out of such technologies has the potential to revolutionise how health care is delivered. Many existing and well-developed assay systems such as PCR, ELISA, blood clotting analysis etc. have potential to be transferred away from time consuming and resource intensive centralised lab testing and onto low-cost and simple to use platforms. In this project, we seek to develop a low-cost electrochemical platform for immunosensing. This relates particularly to ELISA style assays, with the experimental work touching on various aspects of sample handling/delivery, surface functionalisation, device fabrication, electrochemical measurements, data analysis and working with clinical samples. Since this is a highly inter-disciplinary project we encourage applications from people with a wide range of backgrounds, including: chemistry, physics, biology, biomedical science/engineering and electrical engineering.

A well-balanced supervisory team is in place to support the successful candidate in developing all the skills necessary to tackle this research question and clinical input will be provided by NHS Lanarkshire. A significant advantage of this project is the involvement of the National Measurement Laboratory at LGC who will be able to lend guidance on development of new measurements, reference materials, quality systems etc. You will work in the National Centre for Advanced Measurement Research and Health Translation based in the Department of Pure & Applied Chemistry. This is a new joint initiative between the University of Strathclyde and National Measurement Laboratory, and you will become a member of an active research group with a strong culture and close links to industry.

It is our hope to interview during Sep/Oct 2022 and all being well have the successful candidate in place during Autumn 2022.

Please send any informal enquiries to Professor Damion Corrigan – [Email Address Removed]

Funding Notes

The project is fully funded with 50% of the funding coming from the National Measurement Laboratory at Laboratory of the Government Chemist (LGC) to ensure strong industrial connections.


Project Partners – NHS Lanarkshire and National Measurement Laboratory at Laboratory of the Government Chemist (LGC).
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