• London School of Economics and Political Science Featured PhD Programmes
  • University of Cambridge Featured PhD Programmes
  • University of Glasgow Featured PhD Programmes
  • University of Leeds Featured PhD Programmes
  • University of Bristol Featured PhD Programmes
  • University of Leeds Featured PhD Programmes
  • University of Mannheim Featured PhD Programmes
  • Carlos III Health Institute Featured PhD Programmes
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich Featured PhD Programmes
University of Sheffield Featured PhD Programmes
University of Glasgow Featured PhD Programmes
University of Oxford Featured PhD Programmes
University of Bristol Featured PhD Programmes

Characterisation and processing of bee venom (apitoxin).

This project is no longer listed in the FindAPhD
database and may not be available.

Click here to search the FindAPhD database
for PhD studentship opportunities
  • Full or part time
    Dr Bakalis
    Dr Gkatzionis
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round

Project Description

A PhD project is offered at the School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, recent recipient of a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its outstanding track record in collaborative research and training. This multidisciplinary project aims to characterise bee venom and develop methods for its collection and processing.
Bees are key to agricultural resilience and food security because production of food depends on pollination. Furthermore, apiculture presents a range of valuable products such as bee venom, pollen, honey, royal jelly. In particular, honey bee venom (apitoxin) has been widely used in cosmetic industry and pharmaceutical applications (allergic desensitisation, treatment of diseases, rheumatoid arthritis etc.). Quality degradation can occur during its collection. Bee venom composition must be further characterised for understanding its properties, and develop novel materials and methods for collecting and maintaining it.
The research is poised on the intersection between chemical engineering, formulation and material sciences, and reflects the strengths of the University of Birmingham in these areas. The exact programme of research will be defined by discussion between the student and supervisors.
This highly cross-disciplinary project involves experimental work as well as developing and testing new concepts. Therefore, it would fit a highly motivated PhD student able to work in a cross-disciplinary research environment independently and as part of a team.

Funding Notes

Funding Availability: Self-funded PhD students
Informal enquiries should be directed to: Dr Kostas Gkatzionis: [email protected] and Prof Serafim Bakalis [email protected]
Applicants require a 2:1 or higher in chemical engineering, food sciences, chemistry, material sciences a related subject area. There is no experience in apiculture required.
Applications need to be made via the University of Birmingham Admissions Portal:
https://pga.bham.ac.uk/lpages/MDS043.htm


Related Subjects

How good is research at University of Birmingham in Aeronautical, Mechanical, Chemical and Manufacturing Engineering?
Chemical Engineering

FTE Category A staff submitted: 32.50

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

Click here to see the results for all UK universities
Share this page:

Cookie Policy    X