About the Project
In our laboratory, we use our microneedle technologies to: (1) enhance drug delivery across the skin; and (2) facilitate biomarker detection for disease diagnosis and monitoring. Our work in these two areas has broad biomedical applications, including pain relief, infections, neurological disorders and cancers. We are currently seeking motivated students of high calibres to develop and refine the microneedle technologies for specific biomedical applications.
(1) Drug delivery: The aim of this work is to design and formulate microneedle skin patches for drug delivery into the skin. These will involve the use of novel materials and innovative formulation techniques to design microneedle patches for better drug targeting, extending drug release to reduce dosing frequency, and precisely programming drug release to address complex dosing regimens.
(2) Disease detection and monitoring: The aim of this work is to develop microneedle devices for rapid and accurate diagnosis/monitoring of skin diseases. We have developed microneedle devices that can extract specific biomarkers from the skin for in vitro analysis without removing any skin tissue (biopsy) or extracting any amount of blood. We have also developed microneedle biosensors that can detect biomolecules in real time.
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Newcastle University’s School of Pharmacy has a vibrant research community. The student will additionally be affiliated with the Translational and Clinical Research Institute, which provides access to further world-class research infrastructure and expertise. We have extensive collaborations with researchers, engineers and clinicians in Newcastle and beyond to provide training and support for our PhD candidates. The university’s graduate school programme provides further support for the professional development of graduate students.
Applicant should hold or expect to hold a 2:1 or 1st class degree in a biomedical or pharmaceutical science or equivalent subject.
If you are interested in applying, send your CV and covering letter detailing your reasons for applying for this studentship to Postgraduate Student Coordinator at School of Pharmacy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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