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Hydrogels for tissue engineering scaffolds containing cells

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

The aim of the project is to investigate the potential of various polysaccharide hydrogels for use as tissue engineering scaffold materials to enable cells to be cultured both on and within the material. The project will focus upon ways in which the mechanical
properties of such materials can be optimised for a variety of applications without damaging the internalised cell population.

At present, we would only consider applications from prospective students with:
- a good (bio)medical degree, with interests in any of the areas outlined above,
- good command of the English language as outlined in the postgraduate prospectus,
- a source of funding to cover tuition fees and bench fees.

To be considered for this studentship, please send the following documents to :
• A detailed CV, including your nationality and country of birth;
• Names and addresses of two referees;
• A covering letter highlighting your research experience/capabilities;
• Copies of your degree certificates with transcripts;
• Evidence of your proficiency in the English language, if applicable.


Funding Notes

We have a thriving international Researcher community and encourage applications from students of any nationality able to fund their own studies (i.e. through Government scholarship schemes, self-funding), or who wish to apply for their own funding (e.g. Commonwealth Scholarships, Islamic Development Bank International PhD Scholarships, China Scholarship Council, etc).

References

Evaluation of sodium alginate for bone marrow cell tissue engineering. L Wang, RM Shelton, P.R. Cooper, M Lawson, JT Triffitt, JE Barralet. Biomaterials, 24, (20): 3475-3481, 2003.
Adhesion and growth of bone marrow stromal cells on modified alginate hydrogels. MA Lawson, JE Barralet, L Wang, RM Shelton, JT Triffitt. Tissue Engineering 10 (9-10), 1480-1491, 2004.
Comparison of bone marrow cell growth on 2D and 3D alginate hydrogels. JE Barralet, L Wang, MA Lawson, JT Triffitt, PR Cooper, RM Shelton. Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine 16, (6), 515-519, 2005.

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

FTE Category A staff submitted: 15.90

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