PhD Studentship: Tissue Engineering Design Of Synthetic Liver Scaffolds To Advance The Understanding Of Liver Disease

University of Edinburgh

Project Title: Tissue engineering design of synthetic liver scaffolds to advance the understanding of liver disease
Lead Supervisor: Dr Anthony Callanan
Second Supervisor: Prof Stuart Forbes
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Fully Funded Includes a stipend and fees
Open to students from the UK or EU due to funding restrictions who have been residents in the UK for 3 years

Project description

Applications are invited for postgraduate research leading to a PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering within the subject area of Tissue Engineering.

Tissue engineering has shown great potential in the treatment and understanding of a large number of degenerative ailments, including osteoarthritis and cardiovascular disease, through the design of biological scaffolds using both synthetic biodegradable polyesters and naturally derived extracellular matrix materials.

This research focuses on using similar techniques to develop synthetic based tissue engineered liver scaffolds to advance the treatment and understanding of liver disease.

The student will attain skills in biomaterial design, fabrication, characterisation and cell culture, using techniques such as; Scanning electron microscopy, Nano-indentation, ELISA assays biochemical content , real time-RT-PCR etc. These skills will be essential for a student perusing industrial careers in the biomedical sector; in addition, they will be important for an academic career in Tissue Engineering/Biomedical Engineering. The student will also work in the Institute for BioEngineering IBioE and with the Centre for Regenerative Medicine CRM .

Specific eligibility criteria

To undertake this research, we are seeking a motivated candidate with an honours degree at 2:1 or above in any of these areas, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics, Mechanical engineering, Biomedical engineering, Synthetic chemistry, Organic chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or a cognate discipline.

Some knowledge and experience of material characterisation, cell culture, polymer chemistry, experimental work and an ability to work effectively as an independent researcher will be an advantage.

Further information

Dr. Callanan - Google Scholar Profile
Dr. Callanan - Edinburgh University Profile

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