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Precision Medicine DTP - Tumour exosome-functionalised magnetic nanoparticles for magnetic resonance imaging guided precision medicine and personalised breast cancer treatment

  • Full or part time

    Dr Binzhi Qian
  • Application Deadline
    Wednesday, January 08, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description


One of the difficulties in cancer treatment is the tumour heterogeneity. Therefore, the conventional “one size fits all” approach and even the targeted therapeutics will not efficiently treat all cancer patients. Therefore, personalised medicine, tailored to individual patient’s needs, has attracted great attention. Many technologies such as genome sequencing and big data analysis have made significant contribution to personalised medicine. Herein, we aim to develop a convenient technique to generate personalised precision medicine for cancer therapy. Furthermore, once personalised medicine is made, the precision of delivery and transport adds another value to the success.


We aim to develop cancer patients’ personalised tumour exosome functionalised magnetic nanomedicine for precision anticancer medicine with ability to target tumour tissue and cancer cells.

Training outcomes

The student will: (1) Learn the knowledge of materials chemistry and chemical engineering to magnetic nanoparticles and their surface functionalisation; (2) Learn the knowledge of cancer biology and personalised medicine for cancer treatment; (3) Grasp techniques of scanning electron microscopy, fluorescence microscopy, confocal fluorescence microscopy, cell culturing, cell labelling and other specialised biological assays, as well as animal experiments; and (4) ability to carry out creative research and paper writing and presentation skills.

This MRC programme is joint between the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. You will be registered at the host institution of the primary supervisor detailed in your project selection.

All applications should be made via the University of Edinburgh, irrespective of project location. For those applying to a University of Glasgow project, your application along with any supporting documents will be shared with University of Glasgow.

Please note, you must apply to one of the projects and you must contact the primary supervisor prior to making your application. Additional information on the application process is available from the link above.

For more information about Precision Medicine visit:

Funding Notes

Start: September 2020

Qualifications criteria: Applicants applying for a MRC DTP in Precision Medicine studentship must have obtained, or will soon obtain, a first or upper-second class UK honours degree or equivalent non-UK qualification, in an appropriate science/technology area.
Residence criteria: The MRC DTP in Precision Medicine grant provides tuition fees and stipend of at least £15,009 (RCUK rate 2019/20) for UK and EU nationals that meet all required eligibility criteria.

Full eligibility details are available: View Website

Enquiries regarding programme:

How good is research at University of Edinburgh in General Engineering?
(joint submission with Heriot-Watt University)

FTE Category A staff submitted: 91.80

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