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Electrochemical Sensor Technology for Point-of-Care Diagnostics

   Warwick Medical School

   Monday, February 27, 2023  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The development of fast, minimally invasive devices which can provide accurate real-time measurements of the key health markers, such as dissolved oxygen (O2), carbon dioxide (CO2), pH and lactate is vital for making rapid, informed choices regarding patient healthcare. Typically, these factors are measured using large, expensive instrumentation, which can only be accessed in the hospital, and which only enables snapshot measurements. The development of smaller, low cost, point-of-care (POC) diagnostic devices requires new approaches to sensor development. Electrochemical sensors have long been of interest due to the possibility of miniaturization and ease-of-use. However, to apply these to the wider diagnostics arena, the electrode/electrolyte and operational system must be optimised for the target analytes of interest and be capable of continuous measurement in a miniaturised, easy-to-use format. In this PhD project, the student will develop point-of-care (POC) diagnostic devices by combining electrochemical sensor development, hydrogel patch technology and clinical research methods. Candidates should be comfortable with data handling and analysis methods. Experience working with electrochemical methods is helpful, but not essential. 

Warwick Supervisor: Professor Julie V. Macpherson, Department of Chemistry

NHS Supervisor: Dr. Nicholas Matharu (University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire)

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Applications are open to home and international students.

This fully-funded four-year studentship is available for September 2023 to join Warwick’s MRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnership (MRC DTP). The programme involves an exciting one-year MSc in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, followed by a three-year PhD project. 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.

Programme Content

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 11-week research projects.

PhD (Years Two, Three and Four)

The student will undertake a three-year PhD project, as detailed above, with their academic and clinical supervisors.

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 or international equivalent) in the biological, physical or computational sciences and advanced skills in mathematics (A-Level or international equivalent). Please visit our website for further information.

International applicants: the English language requirement for this course is for an overall IELTS (Academic UKVI) score of 6.5 with a score of at least 6.5 in the Reading and Writing components and no other component score below 6.0.

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Studentships cover full fees, consumables, conference attendance and an annual stipend (£18,200 in 2023/24*). Students can also apply for additional funding from the DTP for advanced training workshops, international or industry placements, internships and career transition support. *Exact figure TBC

How to apply

If you are interested in joining our DTP community, please apply at by 27 February 2023. Interviews will take place in late-March.

For information and enquiries about the application process please contact 

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