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  Microplastic Contamination as a Threat to Human Health


   College of Health & Science

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About the Project

Microplastic Contamination as a Threat to Human Health

University Of Lincoln, College of Health and Sciences

Prof Jeanette Rotchell

Application deadline: 05/04/2024

Funded PhD project (Home/UK applicants only)

Studentship Reference Number: 1AB-1AB-856332

About the Project

This PhD aims to firstly examine the presence, distribution, levels, types and targeted impacts of microplastics within the human body. A second aim is to relate the findings to a mathematical modelling approach to predict the distribution of microplastics within the body. It is already established that microplastics are present in many tissues within the body and our earlier work has produced datasets for human lung, blood and urine. Previous studies have focussed on specific tissue types, have used a variety of isolation and characterisation techniques, and this has resulted in a patchwork of datasets. This study will take a holistic approach and use three commonly adopted microplastic characterisation techniques available at the University of Lincoln; micro-FTIR, Raman and SEM, to calibrate the findings. The techniques will allow polymer, size and shape characterisation which can inform the subsequent stage of biological effects investigation. The second element involves mathematical modelling to explore the possibility of predicting microplastic particle fate within the body based on their properties and the size dimensions of the various transport systems within the body.

Training and Development

The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.

All researchers at University of Lincoln are part of the Doctoral College and College of Health and Science wider postgraduate community, which provides support with high quality training and career development opportunities.

Entry requirements for applicants to PhD

A bachelor’s (honours) degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum classification of 2:1 and a minimum mark of 60% in the project element (or equivalent), and the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within 3.5 years.

To find out more about the project please contact: Professor Jeanette Rotchell ([Email Address Removed])

Funding Notes

Fees and Stipend included.

All applications require a 2-page CV and a 2000-word supporting statement is required showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.  

Biological Sciences (4) Chemistry (6) Environmental Sciences (13) Mathematics (25) Medicine (26)

Funding Notes

Fees and monthly stipend included