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PhD Studentship - Nanodroplet emulsions for oxygen delivery in bone repair

School of Engineering

Location:  Highfield Campus
Closing Date:  Saturday 31 October 2020
Reference:  1298620DA

Supervisor:                   Nicholas D Evans, Dario Carugo, Janos Kanczler 

Project description

Applications are invited for a PhD student to join the research groups of Dr Evans and Dr Carugo to develop novel methods of delivering bioactive gas using ultrasound-responsive nanodroplets to promote bone fracture healing. 

Bone repair is a big problem in society that is set to get worse as the average age of people increases. Surprisingly often bones don’t heal as well as they should, leading to pain and immobility for many people. New treatments are urgently required to help improve this clinical problem. In this project, you will investigate ultrasound-responsive nanodroplets as a means of achieving this. 

Acoustic nanodroplets vaporise when excited by ultrasound. This property allows us to use them for imaging organs and tissues, but can also be used to stimulate them. For example, they can be induced to release drugs or to induce therapeutically relevant biological effects at a desired site within the body. 

You will help develop acoustic bubbles or nanodroplets that expand into bubbles when excited by sound waves. You will load oxygen and other molecules into the droplets and test whether they release drugs, and how this affects cells and tissues. You will specifically focus on their potential to stimulate stem cells to generate bone tissue.

This project is an interdisciplinary collaboration at the University of Southampton. You will work in a vibrant, multidisciplinary team based in the Faculties of Medicine and Engineering at the University of Southampton. 

You will have a background in bioengineering, but we encourage applications from talented individuals with backgrounds in biology, physics and chemistry. You should be a highly motivated candidate, with a keen general interest in the field of biomedical engineering. 

Find out more at and on Twitter @theevanslab

Entry Requirements

A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).

Closing date: applications should be received no later than 19 October 2020 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.

Funding: full tuition fees for EU/UK students plus for UK students, an enhanced stipend of £15,285 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years. 

How To Apply

Applications should be made online, please select the academic session 2020-21 “PhD Eng & Env (Full time)” as the programme. Please enter Nick D Evans under the proposed supervisor.

Applications should include

Curriculum Vitae

Two reference letters

Degree Transcripts to date

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