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Novel Contrast Agents for Multimodal Molecular Imaging

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  • Full or part time
    Dr M Vendrell Escobar
    Prof A G Rossi
  • Application Deadline
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The development of contrast agents is an active area of research, where the basis for this interest is the expansion of molecular imaging as a high-resolution and non-invasive preclinical and clinical imaging modality. There are opportunities to develop smart materials with multifunctional abilities including contrast in-built within biomaterial structures, functionalisation with targeting ligands and the carrying of therapeutic payloads. This has opened the door to the novelty of using smart nanoparticles for molecular imaging with no competing background signal.
The research group is located in the University of Edinburgh Centre for Inflammation Research. The Centre is based within the Edinburgh Medical School in the outstanding facilities of the Queen’s Medical Research Institute.

Funding Notes

The successful applicant will be awarded a 3-year studentship, which includes their stipend and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and contributions towards travel and research costs for their PhD project.

The studentship will be awarded competitively. Applicants should hold at least an upper second class degree or equivalent in Chemistry and have experience in the development of molecular imaging probes (ideally with relevant scientific publications). Applicants should submit the following documents [Email Address Removed] : (i) Personal statement about their research interests and their reasons for applying; and (ii) CV.


Applicants should also arrange for two academic referees to submit letters of reference via email before the deadline. All documents should be submitted no later than 5 pm on Sunday 6th October 2019. Short-listed candidates will be notified by email. Informal enquiries can be sent via email to Dr Marc Vendrell [email protected]

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