Conductive polymer platforms for the integrated in vitro investigation of neural networks
(4 year MRes + PhD studentship)
This project is one of 11 studentships on offer in the Imperial College EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Neurotechnology for Life and Health
Supervisors: Molly Stevens (Materials), Ramon Vilar (Chemistry)
Studying neurons in a controlled setting is vital for understanding the workings of the brain and the processes that go wrong during the development of disease. An integral part of such studies is providing a suitable material which allows populations of cells to grow, interact and be investigated.
This highly interdisciplinary project, co-supervised by Profs Molly Stevens and Ramon Vilar, will develop scaffolds which combine conductive elements which stimulate neuronal signalling, with biological growth cues and bio-sensors for the detection of key neuronal metabolites. The versatile system developed will allow key questions in neurobiology and regenerative medicine to be addressed.
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 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.
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.
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