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Neuronal Interfacing System for Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Interrogations using Materials-based Nanotechnologies

Project Description

(4 year MRes + PhD studentship)

This project is on offer in the Imperial College EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Neurotechnology for Life and Health. See https://www.findaphd.com/search/PhDDetails.aspx?CAID=2386&LID=112 for all projects available.

Supervisors: Molly Stevens (Materials), Simone Di Giovanni (Medicine)

The generation of competently functional human neurons in vitro is crucial to accurately model degeneration of the nervous system and to provide invaluable insights into fundamental neurobiology.
In this exciting multidisciplinary project, we will combine the latest advancements in nanoengineered technologies, microfabrication at the cell-material interface and restorative neuroscience to develop a platform that will investigate stem cell-derived human neurons for both fundamental neurobiology and regenerative medicine purposes.

The CDT programme is not a standard PhD programme. Throughout the 4 years, there is considerable emphasis upon multidisciplinary and transferable skills, through centre activities beyond the individual research project. The programme cannot be taken without the first (MRes Neurotechnology) year, as it is an integral part of the overall programme.

Applicants should have (or expect to obtain) a first or upper second class degree (or non-UK equivalent) in an engineering or physical science subject. Students with a biological and medical sciences background may be considered, but candidates must have sufficient quantitative skills to thrive in the programme. Knowledge of chemical synthetic protocols and materials science is highly desirable.

You should be looking for a challenging, multi-disciplinary PhD at the interface of neuroscience and engineering.

To apply online, visit http://www.imperial.ac.uk/neurotechnology/cdt/apply/

If you have questions or would like further information about the project, we encourage you to contact the supervisors directly before making your formal application.

Funding Notes

Studentships pay UK/EU tuition fees, stipend and a generous consumables and travel fund for the duration of the programme (one year of MRes and 3 years of PhD).

Places are open to UK and EU applicants only.

How good is research at Imperial College London in General Engineering?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 33.50

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