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  Dr F Perez-Cota  Applications accepted all year round  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

In recent years there has been a surge in interest in techniques to measure mechanical properties of living tissue and cells. Biomechanics, especially at the micro and nano-scales are an important aspect of cell and tissue biology as they play an important role in health and disease .


The Optics and Photonics Group (OPG) is actively working in nano-acoustics for the imaging and characterisation of biological cells [1]. The group has a number of important achievements in this area including with the first images of living cells using sub-optical wavelength ultrasound [2] and the first demonstration of super-resolution based on the vibrational modes of plasmonic nanoparticles [3]. 


Applicants should have a background in Engineering or Physics will be undertaking a project in nano-biomechanics at Nottingham (University Park campus), this will involve instrument development, modelling of opto-acoustic transducers. There will be opportunity to collaborate with leading research groups and research centers for applications of this technology in Cancer, Stem and Parasitology. This project will provide an excellent platform for career in the areas of nano-ultrasonics, bio-photonics, microscopy and bio-engineering.



[1] Pérez-Cota et al. (2020). Picosecond ultrasonics for elasticity-based imaging and characterization of biological cells. In Journal of Applied Physics (Vol. 128, Issue 16, p. 160902). American Institute of Physics Inc.
[2] Pérez-Cota. F. et al (2016). High resolution 3D imaging of living cells with sub-optical wavelength phonons. Scientific Reports, 6(1), 39326.
[3] Fuentes-Domínguez, et al. Scientific Reports, 8(1), 16373.
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