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  Novel design and formulation strategies to enhance drug delivery

   Faculty of Medical Sciences Graduate School

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  Dr W Lau, Dr K W Ng  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

The main research activities of my research group concern the improvement of traditional drug formulation and the development of novel drug and formulation strategies to enhance bioavailability and patient acceptability. We are particularly interested in delivering agents (including biologics) through the biological barriers, particularly the skin, mucosal barrier, ocular, topical biofilms and the associated antibiotic resistance. Site-specific carriers to enhance drug delivery are also investigated. 

Current projects include the use of nanoparticles and biopolymers as drug carriers to enhance drug targeting, novel formulations as an antimicrobial strategy, and transdermal microneedle patches capable of complex dosing. We are currently seeking motivated students of high calibres to develop these fields further. Prospective students should get in touch to discuss their specific interests and areas they wish to work in.

Recent publication from our group can be found here:

The applicant should hold or expect to hold a 2:1 or 1st-class degree in a biomedical or pharmaceutical science or equivalent subject. A Masters degree or prior research experience would be advantageous.

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. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to develop their own cutting-edge research project spanning multiple disciplines including medicinal chemistry, cell culture, immunology, pharmacology, microbiology, drug delivery and formulation. Interested candidates should contact Dr Wing-Man Lau via [Email Address Removed] to discuss potential projects.

Biological Sciences (4) Chemistry (6) Materials Science (24) Medicine (26)

Funding Notes

This is a self-funded PhD project; applicants will be expected to pay their own fees or have a suitable source of third-party funding. A bench fee may also apply to this project, in addition to the tuition fees. UK students may be able to apply for a Doctoral Loan from Student Finance for financial support.
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