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Neuralization of stem cells in hydrogels

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  • Full or part time
    Dr Delivopoulos
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
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About This PhD Project

Project Description

Project Overview:

This project aims to differentiate stem cells into different neuronal subtype identities, in order to engineer models of the nervous system. Alginate and collagen constructs incorporating biochemical cues will encourage demarcated neuronal development via targeted delivery of growth factors. The candidate will need to characterize neuronal identities and therefore, must be confident with immunohistochemical techniques.

Experimental work will be undertaken between the Brain Embodiment Laboratory (School of Systems Engineering) and the School of Pharmacy in the University of Reading. Both schools offer access to cell culture and immunostaining facilities, microscopy, multi-electrode array and electrophysiology recording equipment. The student will be incorporated in a stimulating environment of academics working in related fields in neuroscience and willing to provide valuable input at every stage of the project.

The School of Systems Engineering at the University of Reading has a strong reputation for its innovative research across the broad disciplines of computer science and information systems, cybernetics, and electronic engineering. Our research is highly-regarded nationally and internationally, with demonstrated real-world impact. The University of Reading is ranked in the world’s top 200 universities according to the 2013/14 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.


Applicants should have a bachelors (preferably a 1st but at least 2.1 or equivalent) or masters degree in the life sciences, such as tissue engineering, biology, neuroscience or a strongly related discipline. Strong statistical skills are preferable. Experience in tissue culture and immunolabelling is desirable.

How to apply:

(1) Submit an application for a PhD in Cybernetics using the link below.
(2) After submitting your application you will receive an email to confirm receipt; email should be forwarded along with a covering letter and full CV to Dr Evangelos Delivopoulos ([email protected]).
(3) In the online application system, there is a section for “Research proposal” and a box that says “If you have already been in contact with a potential supervisor, please tell us who” – in this box, please enter “Dr. Evangelos Delivopoulos”.

Application Deadline: Open

Further enquiries:
Dr. Evangelos Delivopoulos, tel: 0118 3788615, email: [email protected]
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