Manufacturing of Multi-layered Biopolymer Hydrogels for Tissue Engineering
Tissue-engineering is a interdisciplinary area that offers potential to solve the increasing problem of degenerative diseases. 3D bioprinting has the potential to accelerate this area by creating tissue-engineered structures of defined shape layer by layer with detailed complexity. Biopolymer hydrogels are commonly used as tissue scaffolds. Unfortunately, these biopolymer materials are not conducive to 3D printing. We aim to fully realise the potential of this technique and propose to investigate the physical behaviour of a range of biopolymers that are A) conducive as 3D cell scaffolds and B) are suitable for extrusion based bioprinting.
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If you are interested in this project please contact Dr Alan Smith for an informal discussion. To apply, please send an email outlining your motivation and experience to [Email Address Removed] , including a CV and the names of two referees by 13 April 2016 (copy to [Email Address Removed]).
The studentships are open to citizens of the UK or EU only, and cover the full cost of tuition fees and an annual tax-free bursary of £14,057 for three years (RCUK rates). Successful applicants will have a very good first or upper second degree in a relevant subject.