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Development of novel diagnostics for stroke

   Warwick Medical School

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  Prof B.G Frenguelli, Prof J Boltze  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

PhD in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

Fully funded studentship available for entry in September 2022

This industrial Collaborative Award in Science and Engineering (iCASE) studentship is offered by Warwick’s MRC Funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). The training program involves an exciting one-year MSc in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research and then a three-year PhD project, co-supervised by experts from both academia and industry. Students join a dynamic DTP community, which includes advanced workshops, transferable skills training, careers support and cohort learning events and conferences with ~50 other students.

We are constantly working to create a supportive and inclusive environment to help students achieve their best potential, through promoting equality and challenging discrimination. We want our students to feel heard and valued for their hard work. We welcome and encourage applications from minoritised groups that are under-represented in academia.

Project summary:

Novel biotechnology approaches can radically improve outcomes for patients through the development of minimally invasive, highly sensitive diagnostic tools that can readily be used at the point-of-care and in emergency situations. This academic/biotech collaborative project brings together research expertise in the biological response to stroke with manufacturing excellence in the development of biosensors. Utilising relevant models of stroke, the project will identify biomarkers of stroke, develop and optimise technical solutions for the detection of these biomarkers and, using these approaches, will chart the profile of release of the biomarkers after stroke. This project thus offers the successful candidate deep insight into the neurobiology of the brain and its response to stroke, training in experimental models of stroke, exposure to an advanced commercial biotechnology environment, and the prospect of identifying informative biomarkers and developing commercially viable diagnostic tools.

Industry partner: Zimmer and Peacock


MSc (Year One)

Students undertake a series of taught modules, including Frontier Techniques in Biomedical Research, Physical Biology of the Cell, Microscopy and Imaging, Mathematical Modelling, Mass Spectrometry, and two laboratory-based research projects. 

PhD (Years Two, Three and Four)

Student support

Students receive outstanding mentoring, careers and pastoral support throughout the programme.


Entry requirements

Candidates must have:

  • An excellent undergraduate degree (2:i or above) in the biological, physical or computational sciences.
  • Advanced skills in mathematics (A-Level or international equivalent).  

The position is suited to those interested in a career in translational biomedical research. Applications are particularly invited from students with a good undergraduate and/or Master’s degree in neuroscience or a related subject, and with prior laboratory experience in relevant techniques. 

How to apply

If you are interested in joining our DTP community, please apply by 15 February 2022, please apply here. Interviews will take place in the week commencing 4 April 2022.

For further information please see

Funding Notes

Studentships cover full fees, consumables, conference attendance and an annual stipend (£18,340 in 2022/23*). Students can also apply for additional funding from the DTP for advanced training workshops, international or industry placements, internships and career transition support.
* Estimated stipend amount; exact figure to be confirmed
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