About the Project
This PhD project will investigate how mechanical loading affects postnatal development of articular cartilage in a goat model system. A range of techniques including scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) imaging, histology and polarised light microscopy, and mechanical property testing will be used to assess the effects of under- or over-loading on the structure, composition and function of articular cartilage over postnatal development. The project will be based in the UCD School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering and in the Conway Institute and will involve close collaboration with the School of Veterinary Medicine.
Candidates should have a 1st class Masters degree in Biomedical Engineering/Bioengineering/Mechanical engineering/Veterinary medicine or a closely related area. Candidates should have a keen interest in orthopaedics and biomechanics.
For details on the research group please see https://developmental-biomechanics.org/
To apply, please send a CV and a cover letter summarising your experience and your interests in this specific PhD project. Application deadline is 4th April 2021 and interviews will take place by late April. Generic or copy-pasted applications will not be considered.
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